This is a list of top 10 best places to visit in Kirinyaga County. It is one of the counties located in the former central province of Kenya. Kirinyaga county has an estimated population of 603,772 people. The county is headed by Governor Anne Waiguru.
In no particular order, here is a list of 10 best places to visit in Kirinyaga County.
1. Castle Forest Lodge
It is an eco-tourism facility set in a natural surrounding of rainforest, freshwater rivers with falls and fabulous views of the impressive peaks of Mount Kenya. It is a perfect getaway for nature walks, bird watching, trout fishing, horseback riding and swimming adventures. It offers luxury accommodation in cottages, bungalows, chalets and budget rooms.
2. Thingira Cultural Village
It is a multicultural village located along the Nyeri-Nairobi highway, at the intersection of Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Embu and Machakos counties. It was mainly established to promote, preserve and foster cultural activities of the Mount Kenya people. It features four traditional homesteads complete with artefacts that demonstrate the traditional lifestyles of the Mount Kenya people. It is definitely the best place to have a cultural experience of the Mount Kenya people. It is also an excellent place for camping, bird watching, rock climbing and cycling adventures.
3. Rapids Camp
It is a leading adventure and team building spot located in Sagana Town. It is one of the best destinations in Kenya for camping, zip lining adventures, white water rafting, river trekking, bungee jumping, chopper trips, kayaking, bird watching, sports fishing, river boarding and rock climbing adventures. It also prides in the Rapids camp falls, which is a favourite natural hotspot attraction for most adventure lovers.
4. Ndaraca Ya Ngai
It is a mysterious natural bridge located off the Nairobi-Embu highway, that nobody has a definite answer on how it came into existence. Scenic caves which were used by the Mau Mau as hideouts are also located within the mysterious natural bridge.
5. Timstep Hotel and Campsite
It is a magnificent hotel located in Sagana Town. It has well-equipped cottages and lush gardens that offer amazing opportunities for retreats, camping and picnicking. It is also an ideal spot for water sports such as kayaking and river rafting.
6. Jangwani Camp
It is located in Sagana, along the Nyeri-Nairobi Highway. It offers luxury accommodation in tented camps and exquisite opportunities for swimming, simple rafting, fishing, main rafting, kayaking, nature walks, archery, mountain biking and team building activities.
7. Savage Wilderness
It is also located in Sagana Town. It provides unique and breathtaking experiences in one of nature’s most beautiful environments in Kirinyaga County. It is an ideal destination for team building activities, rafting, kayaking, swimming adventures, camping, mountain biking, zip lining and rock climbing.
8. Nokras Riverine SPA and Lodge
It is a luxury resort located on the hills of Sagana, just next to River Sagana. It offers exquisite accommodation in luxury rooms that offer breathtaking views of scenic hills and Mount Kenya. The guest rooms are categorized as deluxe rooms, family rooms, executive rooms, business rooms and honeymoon rooms. The resort also features a fitness center, spa and sauna, a swimming pool, state of the art restaurants and a well-manicured garden ideal for holding outdoor events.
9. Sagana Canyon/Gorge
This is a deep and narrow passage that cuts through the surface of the earth with steep cliffs on both sides. It forms when a river cuts through resistant rocks. From here, you get a breathtaking view of the beautiful Kiambicho and Kiamuti hills.
10. Nice Digital Hotel
It is an elegant hotel popularly known as ‘Happiness Paradise’, located in Mwea. It offers luxury accommodation in superb guest rooms, exquisite dining and recreational activities such as swimming. It also prides in well-manicured lawns which offer amazing opportunities for holding social events.