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3Days Nyeri Central Historic Sites Tour Package

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Nyeri (officially known as Nyeri Municipality) is a town in situated in the Central Highlands of Kenya which was the administrative headquarters of the country's former central province Following the dissolution of the former provinces by Kenya's new constitution in 26 August 2010,Nyeri is now the largest town in the newly created Nyeri County.

The town is situated about 150 km (a two-hour drive) north of Kenya's capital NAIROBI in the country's densely populated and fertile Central Highlands, lying between the eastern base of the ABERDARE (Nyandarua) Range, which forms part of the eastern end of the great rift valley and the western slopes of MOUNT KENYA.

The town's population according to the 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census was 125,357. There is however a significant population of mainly Government and corporate workers ordinarily resident in Nyeri but who chose during the census to be counted in their areas of origin or areas where their families are resident.

Nyeri's TOWN CENTER is small. Its general appearance, owing mostly to a lack of footpath paving and the basic decoration of its buildings, is dusty and old, though there are some new construction developments and building renovations. While small business activities are vibrant, Nyeri is essentially a government administration town.

The town has a relatively low cost of living in comparison to Nairobi and other major towns in Kenya. Located in Kenya's fertile highlands, food and water are plentiful and relatively cheap

Mau Mau Rebellion

The Mau Mau Uprising, also known as the Mau Mau Revolt, Mau Mau Rebellion or Kenya Emergency, was a military conflict that took place in British Kenya[B] between 1952 and 1960. It involved Kikuyu-dominated groups summarily called Mau Mau and elements of the British Army, the local Kenya Regiment mostly consisting of the British, auxiliaries and anti-Mau Mau Kikuyu.[5] The capture of rebel leader Dedan Kimathi on 21 October 1956 signalled the ultimate defeat of Mau Mau, and essentially ended the British military campaign.

The Mau Mau failed to capture widespread public support,[6] partly due to the British policy of divide and rule,[7] and the movement remained internally divided, despite attempts to unify its various strands. The British, meanwhile, could draw upon their ongoing efforts to put down another rebellion in Malaya.[8]

The uprising created a rift between the European colonial community in Kenya and the metropole,[9] but also resulted in violent divisions within the Kikuyu community.[10][11] The financial cost of the uprising to the former colony amounted to £55 million.[

 

A Number of people have hailed from Nyeri County. These include:

THE ABERDARES

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About fifteen Kilometers out of town on the opposite side to Mt. Kenya is the Aberdare National Park.

The Aberdares is an older volcanic mountain range with shorter peaks due to longer erosion. It offers views of Mount Kenya and the Great Rift Valley.

Its unusual vegetation, rugged terrain, deep ravines cutting through its forested eastern and western slopes, clear water streams and waterfalls combine to create an area of great scenic beauty.[18] Its major attractions include the Lesatima and Kinangop peaks and many waterfalls, including the magnificent Karuru falls which drop 272 meters,zaina falls which drops about 140mtrs[19] and the Gura Falls which drop 305 meters.[20][21]

The park is home to many endangered species including the rare bongo, giant forest hog, packs of the now very rare wild dogs, and endemic mole-rat and mole shrew. Other game include a large population of black rhino, leopard servile, endemic bird species, reptiles and insects.[18]

Activities include game drives and nature walks. Both brown and rainbow trout abound in the cool mountain streams and provide excellent angling. Within the Park, the Ark and the Treetops Lodges, which are located next to watering holes, offer close proximity night game viewing.[22] It was at Treetops Lodge that The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh (now Elizabeth II) was advised of the death of her father while on a honeymoon retreat, and her own ascent to the throne.[23] The park is also known for the Kimathi hideouts, the Mau Mau Caves, and the Kimathi "post office" where agents used to drop messages for Mau Mau fighters during the guerrilla wars for Kenyan independence.

Private Ranches

 

Close to the town are several privately owned ranches, many of which also serve as private wildlife sanctuaries like Solio Ranch and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. Many higher-end tourists stay at these ranches, including celebrities such as Prince William [24] and Bill Gates.[25]

Lord Baden-Powell's Grave

 
Lt.-Gen. Lord Baden-Powell's Grave

Nyeri is the burial place of Lieutenant-General Lord Baden-Powell, a commander in the Boer War and the founder of the Scouting Movement, who once wrote "the nearer to Nyeri the nearer to bliss".[16] He and his wife, Olave, Lady Baden-Powell, G.B.E., are buried in the town cemetery. Lord Baden-Powell, often referred to simply as B-P, had a cottage built, which he called "Paxtu". He lived there until his death, and it is now a small museum; it stands in the grounds of The Outspan Hotel. Nyeri remains a place of pilgrimage for the worldwide Scouting and Guiding Movements, with members congregating in the town from time to time for various activities and functions.

The Italian War Memorial Chapel, located at Mathari, was built in honour of the fallen Italian soldiers and their African recruits from the Second World War. It is used not for regular worship, but only to celebrate a special Mass on every 2 November in memory of the fallen soldiers. On the entire walling of the main church building are memorials for the many Italian servicemen who died during WWII. Each memorial is in the form of a small oblong plaque indicating the name of the soldier, the battalion he served in, and the place where he died. At the far front, before the altar, is the grave of a senior Italian Royal Army officer.

Nyeri is also the burial place of the legendary hunter/conservationist Jim Corbett, the author of Maneaters of Kumaon (1944) who also spent his final years in Paxtu, the B-P's cottage.

SEE ...Images for NYERI WAR CEMETERY

War cementery in NYERI

 



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