“I’ve learnt that there is something beautiful and touristic in every single place. I want to explore each and every part of my country and share each and every story with you”
When you hear of Nyahururu town, the first thing that comes to your mind is the Thomson Falls, or maybe just a small town in Central Kenya with nothing much to offer. Never did I know that my trip to Nyahruru would bring to me unique discoveries in Kenya and I would get the opportunity to explore the un-mentioned attractions around the area. I love the countryside/farmland of Kenya – when planning this trip, I pictured a relaxing two day gateway in the land of potato farming, but this is one place that taught me that there is always something exciting to indulge into in every single place you visit.
Here’s my quick guide on where to stay and what to do in Nyahuru, recommended for anyone looking for a short break within Kenya.
How to get there:
Nyahururu is a 3 hours drive from Nairobi city, the drive is pleasant with beautiful views of Kenya’s Rift Valley Region and farmland. You can always stop by the Rift Valley View Point for some local shopping. From Nairobi, drive towards Nakuru and turn off the highway at Gil Gil, drive up to the Rift Valley escarpment towards Nyahururu.
Where to stay:
My trip to Nyahururu was sponsored by The Panari Resort Nyahururu. The resort sits on tranquil forest land overlooking the Thomson falls. My room had the best views of the falls and one of the most beautiful things about it was waking up to the sounds of the waterfalls in the morning. While at the hotel, you can enjoy some time by the pool, have a spa session, chill by the lash green gardens or even be sporty enough to go on a quad bike around the resort.
Note: During the day the weather is hot and sunny but temperatures drop really low at night and at dawn. It also gets very cold from June-August.
What to do while in Nyahururu ?
Elephant Tracking at Marmanet Forest (A must try for every single person):
Never ever did I think that I could track elephants walking in the forest. The 4,500 acres of forest forms part of the migrating route popularly known as the elephant corridor. It is an area where Rumuruti and South Marmanet forests join. Elephants use this route to look for food from different parts of the forest land. Guided by the Kenya Wildlife Service rangers, we walked deep down into the forest to spot beautiful large giants and the thrill of coming so close to them was super exciting.
P.S. I didn’t get to take pictures while tracking BUT you can see it all on the video below!
Visiting Lake Ol’Bolossat
I had never heard of Lake Ol’Bolossat until I was told it was part of my itinerary during my stay at Panari Nyahuru. The lake is between the Aberdare Ranges and Dundori Ridge in Central Kenya, it is the only natural lake in the area. Upon arriving the lake area, you are surrounded by natural beauty. The road to the lake is pretty rough but driving across beautiful farms is always a pleasant scenery.
We took a boat ride along the lake, we got up close and personal with a large number of sleeping hippos. The lake is also home to large number of bird species.
Lunching at Samawati Cottages
After a boat ride, enjoy a farm side Kenyan lunch of nyama choma (barbequed maet) and ugali (a dish made out of maize flour) at Samawati Cottages right on the shores of the lake. Breathtaking!
Visiting the Hippo Pools
The hippo pools along the Ewaso Ngiro River are located right opposite the Panari Resort. This is one of the best attractions of the region. The best time to see the hippos are during the early morning hours or at dusk when they are freely grazing on the grass fields.
Taking a walk down Thomson Falls
Thomson’s Falls is a 74 m (243 ft) scenic waterfall on the Ewaso Ng’iro river, which drains from the Aberdare Mountain Range. It is situated two miles from the town of Nyahururu in central Kenya, at 2,360 m (7,750 ft) elevation. In 1883 Joseph Thomson was the first European to reach Thomson Falls, and named them for his father. He was a Scottish geologist and naturalist who was also the first European to walk from Mombasa to Lake Victoria in the early 1880s.
The mist feeds the dense forest below. Visitors can view the falls from above, or there’s a trail down to the bottom of the ravine. Upstream from the falls is one of the highest hippo pools in Kenya.
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The best way to get a glimpse of this is to watch the video below: