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Nanyuki Town

Laikipia, Kenya
Nanyuki is the capital of Laikipia County. The town and its surrounding area connect Mount Kenya in the South East to the edge of the Great Rift Valley in the West, known as 'Kenya’s high country’.
Founded in 1907 by British settlers as a small market town, Nanyuki soon grew commercially and economically. By 1930, Nanyuki’s potential justified the construction of a railway line linking the town to Nairobi. Presently a base for the Kenya Air Force and a training area for the British Army, Nanyuki continues to be an administrative and supply centre for farms, ranches, game parks and conservancies in the region. Nanyuki lies along the Equator, in the centre of the nation, and at an elevation of 1,947m above sea-level, is the 14th highest town in Africa.
Nanyuki has a wide range of hotels, tented camps, ranch houses and lodges ranging from luxurious to budget.
Life in Nanyuki
Nanyuki, previously thought of as a country town, is growing fast and a plethora of new joints have sprung up. For the best kuku wet, head for Checkers – but be ready to wait: this delectable dish takes two hours to make. The Flower Shop has much more than just flowers – come for gifts, cards, artwork, bags, cushions and honey fresh from the flower farms. I love Nanyuki coffee shop has fresh coffee, full breakfasts, light bites and a stash of humorous I Love Nanyuki merchandise. Cape Chestnut has delicious food served in landscaped gardens: don’t miss Friday night tapas or every second Sunday curry buffet and carvery. On the same compound, Cookswell Jikos sell their popular eco-jikos, as well as kilns, eco- charcoal and tree seeds – and they’re happy to offer baking advice too! Le Rustique, which relocated from Nairobi several years ago, continues its tradition of fine dining in a garden atmosphere. Soames Hotel and Jack’s Bar has rooms, a great menu, Wifi and events, all in a comfortable contemporary setting.

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