A Guide To Paradise Lost Kenya
Paradise Lost Kenya is a large park land offering ancient caves, water fall, boating lake, an ostrich farm as well as Pony and Carmel rides. Just 20 minutes to the city of Nairobi, the caves at Paradise Lost Kiambu Road were used as hiding places for Mau Mau freedom fighters as hideout from the colonial masters.
Paradise Lost Kenya is one of very few places close to Nairobi that offers a myriad of attractions and activities for the whole family. It is a beautiful oasis in the middle of a coffee farm close to Kiambu Town, about 10km from Nairobi. When you get there, you can not help but wonder at the contrast between this hidden gem and the surrounding landscape.
Paradise Lost Kenya Activities
Perhaps the most popular attraction at Paradise Lost Kiambu Road is a labyrinth of caves eroded by the waters of the nearby Gichi River, with their entrance screened by a spectacular waterfall. These caves are estimated to be 2.5 million years old, based on obsidian rock artefacts from the late stone age that were discovered inside. Artificial lighting has been installed a few meters into the caves up to a large cavern within.
Boat riding and fishing on the small lake at Paradise Lost are also popular activities, especially on weekends when most city dwellers like to visit.
Other available activities include feeding ostriches, horse riding, camel riding, bird watching, picnic on the grounds around the lake, camping, or taking a walk on a nature trail on the property.
Paradise Lost Kenya Directions
You can get to Paradise Lost Kiambu Road by public means using matatus number 100 stationed at the Central Bus Station for Ksh 40. After alighting at the junction to Paradise Lost on Kiambu Road, you can take a boda boda (motorbike) ride to the Paradise Lost entrance for Ksh 100, or walk the remaining distance.
If driving, use Muranga Road till Muthaiga roundabout, then left turn on to Kiambu Road. About 8 km further on, take a left turn on to the road with a Paradise Lost sign board, and follow the signs to their entrance.
Paradise Lost Rates – Paradise Lost Kiambu Charges
Paradise Lost Kiambu visitors are required to pay an entrance fee of Ksh 300 per person. Campers are also charged Ksh 600/= per person per day with a tent provided by the establishment. There are also charges for some of the activities e.g. boat riding, horse riding, camel riding.
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Paradise Lost Kenya Contacts
Attraction Type: Scenery & Landscapes
Category: Caves, Waterfalls, Lake or River
City / Town: Kiambu
Road / Street: Off Kiambu Road
Telephone: 254 725 885570, 254 723 550535, 254 733 570312
Entrance Fee: Yes
Paradise Lost Kiambu Destination Review
Source: Nation Newspaper
Paradise Lost is among the few places close to the city that offer a variety of attractions.
It is sandwiched by coffee farms, and is just 10 kilometres from Nairobi city centre.
One can enjoy nature trails, bird watching, horse and camel rides, water sports, exploration of caves, fishing, catering and camping.
It is one place a visitor is likely see some of the rarest central highland bird species, especially in the morning.
Visitors can enjoy guided boat rides in an expansive dam. Fishing is also available.
Other activities include picnics and camping.
Within Paradise Lost is Hyde Park, which has an open bar. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the natural waterfalls and the dam as boats crisscross the water.
The trail is exciting for nature lovers since one gets to explore indigenous and exotic trees.
But perhaps the most popular attraction is a labyrinth of caves carved from the rocks by the waters of River Gichi. The entrance is screened by a spectacular waterfall.
The caves are estimated to be 2.5 million years old. Obsidian rock artifacts from the late Stone Age were found here.
The caves are believed to stretch from the park to Ngecha in Limuru, more than 20km away.
Mukami Kimathi, the widow of freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi, says she and others used to hide in the caves during the fight for independence.
She says that colonial authorities used the caves to torture Mau Mau freedom fighters.
Park manager Tiobatih Mugira says the caves are unique in that they could be the only ones on the planet to run behind a waterfall.
Mr Mugira says that fossils have been found in the caves, suggesting that the early man may have lived here.
“There definitely are other items in the caves which have not been found because the place has not been fully explored,” he says.
There are cultural sites and beautiful waterfall scenery for photography.
The caves have also proved to be ideal places for shooting movies. They are thronged by musicians and actors.
The park is on a 54-acre piece of land and can host up to 2,000 people and 400 cars.
Gate entry fee is only Sh300. Camping overnight is Sh600 per person. One is provided with a tent, mattress, blanket, fire and is assured of security.
Campers are allowed to carry food and drinks. A group can carry a goat for slaughter, for example.
The camp establishment provides a jiko for barbecue.