This is a list of top 10 best places to visit in Makueni County. It covers an area of 8,008.9 square kilometers with an estimated population of 884, 527 people. Its capital and largest town is Wote. The County Government is headed by Prof. Kivutha Kibwana.
In no particular order, here is a list of 10 best places to visit in Makueni County.
1. Chyulu Hills National Park
The park is popularly known as Green Hills of Africa. Its estimated size is 741 square kilometers. It is a scenic park that is dotted by verdant rolling hills of endless green, magnificent caves, wildlife such as elephants, bushbucks, buffalos, elands, leopards, bush pigs, giraffes, giant forest hogs and over 100 species of birds. It offers amazing opportunities for camping, game viewing, bird watching adventures, mountain climbing, and horse riding.
2. Sikh Temple Makindu
It is located along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, approximately 170 kilometers from Nairobi. It was built in 1926 by Sikhs who were working on the construction of the Kenya-Uganda railway. It is a holy shrine that also features a dining facility that provides free langar (food) to visitors.
3. Peterson Camp Ruins
It is located in Mtito Andei, off the Nairobi-Mombasa highway. It is a historical site that used to be former president Jomo Kenyatta’s resting place whenever he visited the lower parts of the former eastern province.
4. Kenya’s first AIC Missionary Church
Makueni County prides in hosting the first AIC Missionary church in Kenya. The church was constructed in 1895 by Peter Cameron Scott, a Scottish missionary. The church is located in Kalamba village and is believed to have pioneered the emergence of Christianity in Kenya.
5. Mbui Nzau Hills
The spectacular hills are located about 5 kilometers from the Kibwezi junction, along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway. It is a sacred place where the Akamba used to offer their sacrifices. Locals claim that a white goat used to appear on top of the hills very early in the morning, just before the arrival of missionaries. It is one of the best hiking and sightseeing spots in Makueni County.
6. Makongo Valley
The 40 kilometers long valley is located along the Machakos-Makueni-Makindu road. It features panoramic viewpoints where you can have a glimpse of the beautiful sceneries and landscape that surround Makueni County.
7. Kilima Kiu Manor
It is a boutique country home nestled in the serene Malili area. It is an exquisite place that offers luxury accommodation in spacious guestrooms. It features a state of the art restaurant that serves sumptuous meals, a modern swimming pool, and top-notch events facilities. It also offers opportunities for nature walks, bird watching adventures, camping, biking, and hiking.
8. Campi Ya Kanzi
It is an exquisite eco-tourism lodge situated at the foot of the legendary Chyulu Hills. It offers a combination of 5-star luxury, first class wilderness adventure and memorable wildlife encounters.
9. Hunters Lodge
It is a classic lodge set on 25 acres of lush gardens. It offers comfortable accommodation in 62 luxury guest rooms which are fully furnished and very spacious. It is a paradise for bird watching adventures, as it hosts over 100 species of birds. It also features a stylish swimming pool perfect for recreational purposes.
10. Mbooni Hills
The scenic hills also offer perfect opportunities for hiking, birdwatching adventures, and sightseeing of the spectacular sceneries of Makueni County and beyond.