Mau Mau Caves, Mt Kenya
|Distance from Nairobi||About 195km|
|Starting Point||Bantu Mountain Lodge, near Nanyuki|
|Ending point||Bantu Mountain Lodge, near Nanyuki|
|Walking Duration||3-4 hours|
The Mau Mau Caves at the foothills of Mt Kenya open out to a beautiful waterfall and pass-through rocks on Burguret River. Once shielded by a dense forest cover, these caves near Nanyuki are well known for their historical significance. During the Emergency period between 1952 and 1960, the Mau Mau Freedom fighters used these caves for storing supplies and as a hideout from colonial forces.
The 9km hike from Bantu Lodge goes over a dirt road through the forest on the foothills of Mt Kenya. The forest cover in this area is sadly sparse due to over-exploitation. However it still provides a pleasant walk through wild bushes and relatively short indigenous trees teeming with baboons, birds among other wildlife. Footprints and animal droppings attest to the presence of hyenas, elephants, buffalos and other wildlife in this forest.
When you get to the caves, a swaying footbridge over the river takes you to the shallow cave, mostly made up of a large rock overhanging a large sheltered space. Directly across the caves is the pass through rocks on the river, with the cascading waterfalls directly behind. A short climb to the side takes you to the top of the waterfalls, with magnificent views of rapids preceding the waterfall.
If using public means, take Nanyuki matatus from their Tea Room Stage at the junction of Accra Rd and River Rd. Alight at the signposted turn off for Bantu Lodge. The Lodge is about 1km from the Road.
If driving, use Thika Road and drive 138km to Karatina town. A further 12.5km on towards Nyeri, turn right onto the road to Nanyuki, and drive 42km, past Kiganjo, Chaka and Naro Moru, to the turn off on the right to Bantu Lodge.
Kinaru +254(0)721 642553. You can also ask Bantu Lodge to provide you with a Guide.
The KFS charge Ksh 600 for entry and hiking to the Mau Mau Caves. Ask Kinaru or Bantu Lodge for their latest Guide fees.