Kenya’s sweeping savannah and raw beauty bewitch even the most experienced visitors. Identified with imposing landscapes and the safari experience, the emphasis here is now on a new, impressive ecological target: to preserve the wildlife so nearly destroyed by elephant poaching and rhino hunting.
Sitting on the equator in central Kenya is Nanyuki town. A town with bountiful history and known as the gateway to the majestic grandeur of Mount Kenya. It is also the resting place of the last white rhino, Sudan, and yet, it has been low lying for a while.
Nanyuki has been a hit with wastrels, writers and royals, and is a personal favorite destination – now we revisit its classics.
OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a very vast, not-for-profit wildlife conservancy in the heart of Nanyuki. It is a 360 kilometers squared property, where you can see Africa’s Big Five and visit the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
It habours wildlife in their rudimentary way of life and the ecosystem here exists as they would in the wild. Life in the conservancy starts early at sunrise. As soon as the sun is overhead, at noon, the dwellers of the conservancy take on a more languid plight. They take cover under trees and caves to escape the glaring sun.
If you would like to catch sight of more wildlife on your next safari, I suggest booking an early morning tour or an afternoon-sunset tour.
NANYUKI, HOME OF THE LAST WHITE RHINO
There is a set location in the park secluded only for the northern white rhinos. This is where the iconic white male rhino, Sudan and his daughter Najin and granddaughter Fatu – now the last two known remaining members of the northern white rhino species, lived.
The last man standing, Sudan, once made headlines as the most ‘eligible bachelor in the world’, when Tinder together with Ogilvy Africa, featured him on the dating app as part of a huge fundraising campaign. The project raised USD $85,000 which helped tremendously in the effort to support rhino IVF and rehabilitation.
On the 19th of March, 2018, Sudan died. He had been suffering from age-related health issues and from a series of infection that rendered him unable to stand up. You can pay your respects to him and other fallen rhinos at the rhino cemetery not so far away from the seclusion.
We are beginning to realize the almost irreparable loss in such cruel and barbaric practices as hunting and killing innocent creatures for pleasure.. whose sole “offense” is Being Beautiful..
-Joseph F Goodavage
SWEETWATERS CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY
The aim of the sanctuary is to provide lifelong refuge to orphaned and abused chimpanzees from West and Central Africa. Click here for more on the sanctuary
FAIRMONT MOUNT KENYA SAFARI PARK
Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Park is situated in the outskirts of Nanyuki town. The air is crisp and visibly away from any settlements. The entrance to the hotel is like a quintessential walk into heaven.
First, the path is ladled out with a canopy from indigenous trees giving it a calm atmosphere. Second, the view of the hotel property, well manicured garden and golf court right at the base of Mount Kenya is breathtaking. Lastly, ebullience is quite forthcoming. The staff are very warm and welcoming. This energy is clearly proliferated as everyone seems quite zen and friendly.
First impression Opulent
Staff Warm, friendly, helpful and welcoming
Food and drinks Delectable with a variety of palette to choose from the menu.
Bed and bath French classical, floral, cosy and luxurious.
The luxury Safari Resort offers a unique blend of comfort, relaxation and adventure. It’s no wonder this Nanyuki resort often emerges at the ‘World’s Top 50’ List in the Travel & Leisure Magazine.
Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club is the model plinth for an exquisite holiday in Nanyuki, Kenya. There are many recreational activities available like: golf, walking in a maze, horseback riding, croquet, a bowling green, table tennis, swimming, and an animal orphanage.
MOUNT KENYA WILDLIFE CONSERVANCY ANIMAL ORPHANAGE
Part of Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club includes the Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy Animal Orphanage. It is popularly known for rehabilitating the Mountain Bongos.
It harbors a variety of species of rescued animals such as Llamas, Cheetahs, Leopards, Colobus Monkeys, Rock Hyrax among others. For a fee of KES 1,500 (USD $15), you can get to learn about wildlife conservation, spend time with them as well as feed some of the animals.
THINGS TO DO IN NANYUKI
- Hike Mount Kenya (Sirimon Route) – One of the routes hikers use to summit Mount Kenya. If you are interested in this, I’d highly recommend Andrey Joseph. He is a guide and travel photographer who has trekked the mountain countless times and has brought us amazing and scenic landscape photos.
- Equator Marker – Stand at the centre of earth.
- Nanyuki Airstrip – A favorite spot since my childhood. It is here that my love for aviation sprung.
- Barney’s Bar and Restaurant – Sip on coffee with a view of the aircraft and the dominating Mountain peaks.
- Cedar Mall
- Le Rustique
- Painted Dog bar – A trendy bar with happy hour specials and movie nights on Tuesdays. It is quite popular with expats.
- Coffee Shack – A really hip and artsy eatery.
- Acacia Villas and Apartments – A cozy place to stay while in Nanyuki. You can find them on AirBnb and Booking.com
Have you been to Nanyuki?