Nanyuki is a dream.
I went to Nanyuki for the first time this month and I fell in love. From waking up to see Mount Kenya, to walking alongside Gazelles, it was an experience and a half. I went with my family, which I loved, but would love to go there with my friends.
Keep reading to find out where to stay and three things you can do in and around Nanyuki.
Where to Stay
We stayed at Mount Kenya Wildlife Estate (MKWE). All the houses on the estate face Mount Kenya so the views were amazing. Because the houses are situated on a conservancy, you have animals such as zebras, gazelles and warthogs right at your doorstep.
Renting a house depends on three things:
1. What house you go for:
Because most of the houses are privately owned, they have been furnished differently so contain different features. Houses are classified in the following categories: bronze, silver and gold. The most expensive houses fall under the ‘gold’ category and the cheapest under ‘bronze’
2. What time of the year you go:
Off-peak prices are lower than peak prices for obvious reasons
3. How many people you are:
For where we stayed there were three bands: < 5, 6-8, and 8-10, with the price increasing the higher up you go. We were 7 so we fell in the 6-8 bracket
Say you are 10 people and pick a ‘gold’ 5-bedroomed house during the off -peak season, you would expect to pay around KES 3,100 per night each (approx. 31 USD per night) for accommodation.
Hiring a chef costs KES 3,000 per day (30 USD), so that would be KES 300 each (3 USD). The cost of food would depend on what you want to eat, but a modest estimate for your overall accommodation and food for one night would probably be around the KES 4,500 region (40 USD).
You would also need to pay a KES 20,000 (200 USD) security deposit which, split 10 ways, would be KES 2,000 each (20 USD). This amount is refunded to you within 7 days after you check out.
Things to do in and around Nanyuki
Visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy
You can access Ol Pejeta Conservancy from MKWE. We went on a game drive during our stay and managed to see animals such as rhinos, giraffes, elephants, zebras etc. There are lions and cheetahs on the conservancy but we were unable to spot them at the time that we went.
Feed a blind rhino
Ol Pejeta is home to two of the world’s last remaining northern white rhinos, and a sanctuary for over 110 critically endangered black rhinosOl Pejeta Conservancy website
Of these rhinos is a black rhino, named Baraka, who is blind due to fight that saw him lose sight in one eye, and then a cataract that resulted in the loss of sight in the other. Because he is blind, you can visit him, alongside a park ranger, and feed him.
Go to Chaka Ranch
Chaka Ranch is about an hour away from Nanyuki. Here, you can go go-karting, quad-biking etc. We went quad-biking, which cost KES 2,500 each (25 USD), and lasted about half an hour in total: 10 minutes learning how to use the quad-biked and 20 minutes completing a scenic course on Chaka Ranch. It was probably the highlight of my weekend because I came out on top and was undisputedly the best driver there (in my own eyes, a ha ha).
One thing I love about Nanyuki is how convenient everything is. There is a shopping mall, Cedar Mall, fifteen minutes away from MKWE, which has everything that you would need for a long weekend: a Chandarana, Java, KFC etc.
I will definitely be going back there soon!