Ins and outs

Getting there and around

There are a number of towns located along the Kirinyaga Ring Road at the base of Mount Kenya. The route round the mountain is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist circuit, which is not surprising for it is a really beautiful part of the country, and the mountain and nearby game parks nearby are an added attraction. From Nairobi the main A2 heads north, firstly along a dual carriageway through the outskirts of the city to Thika, a distance of 42 km. It then continues northwards through the lush, verdant countryside. Almost every inch of ground is cultivated and you will see terraces on some of the steeper slopes. You will soon notice that this is pineapple country and many hectares are taken up with plantations; the 'man from Del Monte' is the region's largest producer. From here, there are a number of routes to choose from. The towns are linked with a steady stream of
matatus
and long-distance buses operate services to and from Nairobi. There are also bus and
matatu
links across country to Naivasha and Nakuru in the Rift Valley. Main access points to the lodges in the Laikipia Plateau region is from Nanyuki, Isiolo, Nyahuru or Maralal, depending on where the lodges are located.

Best time to visit

This area is very high, with peaks in the Aberdares of up to 4000 m, and Mount Kenya, which is 5199 m. You should therefore expect it to get fairly chilly, especially at night. The maximum temperature range is 22-26°C and the minimum 10-14°C. It is also very wet here, with annual rainfall of up to 3000 mm not unusual.

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