This is a list of top 10 best places to visit in Machakos County. The county covers an area of 6, 208 square kilometres with an estimated population of 1,098,584 people. Machakos County is headed by Governor Alfred Mutua.
In no particular order, here is a list of 10 best places to visit in Machakos County.
1. Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park
The park is dominated by a small mountain covered in montane forest. Buffalos, over 45 bird species, leopards, bushbucks, olive baboons, aardvarks, porcupines, monitor lizards and pythons are the main attractions at the park. A gravesite (Macmillan grave) is also located within the park.
2. Iveti Forest
It is the second highest peak in Machakos county. It features scenic peaks, spectacular cedar trees, pine trees and abundant birdlife. You can visit the forest for birdwatching activities and hiking.
3. Lukenya Caves
The caves were hideouts for mau-mau freedom fighters during the pre-colonial era. It is only a 5 minutes drive from Mombasa road to the caves.
4. Kyamwilu Magical Corner
It is a mysterious attraction located along the Machakos- Mutituni road, where nature defies gravity. It is a magic corner where people visit to watch water flow upwards the hill instead of downwards. You can actually experiment by pouring water at the spot. You will be shocked to see the water flowing uphill instead of downhill.
5. Machakos People’s Park
It is located a few kilometres from Machakos town, next to Machakos agricultural showground. It is a unique park complete with a field amphitheatre, children’s’ play area, dancing water fountain, solar exhibition stands, conference facilities, miniature golf courses, restaurants and an artificial lake ideal for speed boat rides.
6. Masinga Dam
It is the main reservoir in the hydropower complex of seven forks scheme. It straddles the border of Machakos and Embu counties, located approximately 106 kilometres from Nairobi. You can visit the dam to see how electricity is generated from water.
7. Maanzoni Sanctuary
It is set on a 10000acre ranch that prides in great vistas and game such as zebras, giraffes, elands, swara, wildebeest, gazelles, ostriches and diverse birdlife. A luxury lodge that offers exquisite dining and spacious accommodation is located within the ranch.
8. Lukenya hills
The hills are located off the Nairobi-Mombasa highway. It features savannah shrubland with spectacular rocks that offer opportunities for hiking, sightseeing and wildlife viewing on the surrounding Athi plains.
9. Mua Hills
The hills are located off Mombasa road. They are small hills with thorny bushes and vegetation. The hills are ideal for hiking activities, more so for those hiking for the first time.
10. The African Heritage House
It is located next to AIC Kasina church in Mlolongo. It is a showpiece of African culture and heritage. It contains a collection of African art and furnishings. It is also available for meals, conferences, and overnight stays in rooms filled with African art and furnishings.
- Komarock Shrine
It’s a sacred sculpture of Jesus held by his mother Mary located near Tala Town; 2.5 km off Kangundo Road.