Nyahururu Town Guide
Nyahururu town is set next to Thomson’s falls, one of Kenya’s impressive waterfalls. At 2360m, Nyahururu Kenya is Kenya’s highest major town.
One of the last white settlement to be established in the colonial era, Nyahururu town did not take off until the arrival of the Gilgil railway spur in 1929; now the trains only carry freight, and once again becoming an agricultural backwater. The surrounding plateau is highly cultivated with maize, beans, and sweet potatoes –they are well represented in Nyahururu’s lively market.
The best approach to the town is along the amazingly scenic road from Nakuru, which snakes up and down through the Subukia valleys undulating farmlands and dense forests.
Nyahururu Town History
Nyahururu was founded as Thomson’s Falls after the 243 ft(74m) high Thomson’s Falls on Ewaso Narok river, a tributary of the Ewaso Nyiro River, which drains from the Aberdare mountain ranges. It is on the Junction of Ol Kalou-Rumuruti road and the Nyeri-Nakuru road. Settlers were more interested in the rich lands of the neighboring environments.
Lord Maurice Egerton had the largest allocation of land neighboring the town. The town grew around a railway from Gilgil opened in 1929 (now effectively abandoned). The town was once an important player in the timber milling industry, and the now defunct National Pencil Company had a factory there. It is also an important milk processing hub.
Nyahururu Town Climate and Geography
The climate here is mild, generally warm and temperate. Nyahururu has a significant amount of rainfall during the year. This is true even for the driest month. The average annual temperature is 13.9 °C in Nyahururu. In a year, the average rainfall is 978 mm.
Economic Activities in Nyahururu Town
The region around Nyahururu is mainly agricultural. To the North, Ol Ngarua is famous for its maize, while Shamata to the south is a major producer of potatoes. Lately, flower farming has brought new life to Nyahururu. Suara Flowers is a pioneer in this venture. The cool temperate weather, land availability and cheap labor may be some of the attractions to flower farming.
The town is also a commercial center. It has many supermarkets such as Spears and Mugo supermarkets. Large banks in Kenya also have their branches situated in the town. Some of the banks in Nyahururu town are Equity, Faulu Kenya limited and Kenya Women Microfinance Bank Limited.
The town has a number of resorts. The most common resorts include Kawa Falls Hotel, Laikipia Comfort Hotel and Thompson Falls Lodge Hotel. There are also a number of fast-food joints in the town.
The town heavily relies on the transport industry. There are major highways linking the town to cities such as Nairobi, Nakuru, and Nyeri. Most of these roads are now in good condition and properly paved.
Nyahururu is also frequented by marathon and cross-country runners for practicing before major events due to its high altitude.
Nyahururu Town Population
The town has an urban population of 36,450.
Night Clubs and Nightlife in Nyahururu Town
Equator Lodge (Sharpe Rd) I’ll give this local bar an ‘A’ for effort regarding their kitschy forested facade. Inside they get a ‘C’ for late night carnage.
Kawa Falls Hotel Disco (Ol Kalau Rd; Admission Kshs 100; weekends) this popular disco occasionally hosts well known Kenyan DJs.
Tourist Attraction in Nyahururu Town
1. Thomson’s Falls Lodge
Category: Tourist Attraction in Nyahururu Town
Thomson’s Falls Lodge is a well-established hospitality institution with its rich history going back to over half a century. The setup of the lodge is geared towards meeting national and international standards, ably hosting clientele across the nations and also locally based guests in need of leisure and business hotel services.
For more information please visit: Thomson’s Falls Lodge
2. Thomsons Fall
Category: Tourist Attraction in Nyahururu Town
Thomson’s Falls is a beautiful waterfall at the Ewaso Nyiro River in Central Kenya. The waterfall is 74 meters high. One of the biggest hippo pools of Kenya is located upstream from the falls.
Things To Do in Nyahururu Town
- Nyaki Hotel
- Thomsons Fall
- Thompsons Fall Forest
Accommodation and Hotels in Nyahururu Town
Nyahururu Kenya has a couple of places with single rooms for Kshs 150, but that’s really scraping the bottom of the barrel.
1.Safari lodge (Go down Rd; s/tw Kshs 300/500) this massive new place is very clean, very bright and very affordable. Hot water is on demand and there are even sockets to charge you’re mobile.
2. County hostel (off Subukia Rd; Kshs 200) behind the Nyandarua County Council headquarters, this place has quiet rooms with bathrooms and even toilet seats. At this price that’s saying something! Couples can squeeze into the beds.
3. Nyaki Hotel (22313;off Kenyatta Rd; s/tw Kshs 350/800) this relatively modern five storey building hosts small but comfy singles and large twins that are essentially poor-man’s suites. Rooms 131,128.119 and 116 are the brightest singles. It also features hot-water showers and secure parking.
4. Ranika Baron Hotel (Tel32883; Ol Kalau Rd; s/tw/ ste Kshs 350/500 /850) this place is a little tattered, but the beds in the singles are large and married couples can share for no extra cost.
Education Institutions in Nyahururu
Laikipia University has two campuses,one within and the other on the outskirts of Nyahururu town. The town also has several highly sought after private schools. Some of the large schools within Nyahururu Town are Busara Forest View Academy and Nyahururu Ellite School.
The Pan African School of Theology, an evangelical theological college founded in 2006, is located near the town. Another Bible school is the Emmanuel Bible Institute. The Institute offers diplomas and certificates in theology.
Religion Nyahururu is predominantly christian with catholic and protestant churches. Redeemed Gospel Church is one of the major Pentecostal Churches with its Regional H/Qs in Town and many other branches in the outskirts. Its Pastored by Pastor John K Ngugi and His wife Grace Kariuki.
Nyahururu Town – Video
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