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4 Days (3 Nights)  Farm Tour ,Culinary, History and Culture

Where imagination meets experience

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Holiday, Vacation, Farm Experience Exploring, Gastronomy

The county is named after Mount Kenya, which was originally known as Kirinyaga, meaning the crest of whiteness, synonymous with its snow-capped peaks. Sitting at the foothills of Mount Kenya, some 112km from Nairobi, Kirinyaga County covers 1479.09 square kilometers, Kirinyaga borders Embu to the east, Machakos to the south, Murang’a to south west and Nyeri to the west.

Kirinyaga County is home to Mt. Kenya and offers a breathtaking view of the mountain with its snow capped peaks, v-shaped valleys and indigenous forests.  The county is also home to the Mt. Kenya Forest that is inhabited by a variety of wildlife including elephants, buffaloes, monkeys and birds. Kirinyaga has over 17 waterfalls which are found along the course of the six major rivers; Sagana, Nyamindi, Rupingazi, Thiba, Rwamuthambi and Ragati,as they cascade from the mountains downwards.

One can also climb Mt. Kenya from Kirinyaga County through the Kamweti route which leads you to old elephant pathways through dense rain and bamboo forests to the highland swamps and moorlands of Mt. Kenya.

While in Kirinyaga, lovers of the outdoors can engage in extreme sports like bungee jumping, canoe kayaking, white water rafting, rapids river trekking as well as enjoying Sagana chopper trips. Several lodges also also offer ideal environments for camping and bonfires which can be used by friends and families to bond

Other tourist attractions include;

Ndaraca Ya Ngai (Bridge of God)

The Bridge is of age because it was a hide away joint for more than fifty mau mau men and women during the colonial times. The British never discovered the scene and so it was a safe heaven.

It is a breath taking imagery of which nobody has a clear answer on how it came to existence. A remarkable image only in the county of Kirinyaga.

A drive away from the Nairobi – Embu highway, hidden amidst the scenic view of Mt. Kenya lays a natural bridge known as Ndaraca ya Ngai (God’s Bridge).

Mwomboko Kenya Dancers

A dancing troupe was formed in the 1940’s.  The group resides from Mukuura, Ndia – in Kirinyaga county. The name comes from the Kikuyu traditional dance known as Mwomboko. The group educates the public on the kikuyu culture through dance and music

Thingira Cultural Village

Built on an 18 hectares piece of land, Thingira village teaches about the origin of Kikuyu, Meru, Kamba and Embu. It is located within a semi arid area of rocky indigenous acacia thicket along the Nairobi – Embu highway across the Tana River Bridge near Makutano junction in the County.

Thingira village serves a delicacy of the traditional cuisine in addition to other delicacies. The delicacies include mukimo, muthokoi and fermented porridge among other delicacies. One gets to experience the traditional attire that our ancestors wore, the dishes that they ate on.

The famous mud huts are also a good imagery, because they represent the origin of the Bantu culture.

Other spots of interest include Mau Mau caves along the banks of various Rivers and within the forest.

Climate and weather

Set directly below Mount Kenya, Kirinyaga is one of the wettest counties. With annual temperatures ranging between 12 °C and 26 °C or an average of 20 °C and annual precipitation of about 1250mm. Kirinyaga enjoys two rainy seasons – the long rains (March-May) and short rains (October-December).

4 Days – (3Nights)  Farm Tours , Culture and Culinary

Day 1: Thingira Village Visit

After breakfast, we depart for a road trip through the Agricultural-rich Central Kenya highlands to Thingira Cultural Village. Tour highlights include; Cultural experience, tour of the village, Crocodile farm, traditional cuisine and dances.

Thingira Cultural Village is a multicultural Village located along the Tana River, North of Nairobi along the Nairobi-Nyeri highway. A visit to this village is travelling into their past. Experience the history of the Local Bantu tribes including the Gikuyu, Aembu and the Akamba.  Feast your senses on the stories, the smells, flavors and images of the living history that will make a lasting impression. Immerse yourselves in the past and get to know the culture of the Bantus of Mt. Kenya and the history of Kenya.

After lunch, we proceed to a small village by name Kathiringo Village  at the foot of Mt Kenya in Kirinyaga county for a home stay with a host family.

Day 2 : Full Day Farm Experience

Today, we wake up to the noises of birds in the village. After breakfast, we proceed to the farm. We learn land preparation and gardening, how tea is picked and also help in taking the tea to the buying center. After lunch, the afternoon is spent at leisure waiting to grab a beer in the local pub in the evening. Overnight with host family.

Day 3: Trekking adventure to Castle Forest Lodge

On this day, we have a trek to a series of waterfalls while also visiting the Mau Mau caves. Brief history of the Kenyan Freedom fighters will be given by the guide. We will continue on for the hike to Castle Forest Lodge for fun and adventure as well as sumptuous lunch served at the Lodge. Later, we depart for the village. Overnight with host family.

Day 4: Depart for Nairobi

Say goodbye to the friendly host and leave for Nairobi

Rates include

  • Round trip transport
  •  Full board accommodation with your host family
  •  All entrance fees
  •  Service of an English speaking professional guide
  •  All activities as detailed in the itinerary
  •  Bottled water each day

Rates exclude

  • Travel insurance
  • Money for tips
  • Soft drinks or alcoholic drinks
  • Other personal items

 

Price 180 usd per person

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