Nyeri, town, south-central Kenya. Nyeri lies at an elevation of about 5,750 feet (1,750 meters) in the heart of the Kikuyu people’s homeland. This was a hub of Mau Mau rebel activity in the 1950s.
Nyeri is a pleasingly arranged town in the Aberdare foothills, with extensive green meadows and gardens. The foothills are covered by a dense eucalyptus forest and afford a magnificent view of Mount Kenya to the northeast.
Much of the surrounding area is utilized for farming, and coffee and tea are important cash crops. The town’s major industries include production of leather goods, soap, wood and furniture, processed food, soft drinks, cord, rope, twine, clay and concrete products, agricultural implements, and fabrics.
Nyeri serves as the gateway to Aberdare National Park. The town is linked by road and rail with Nanyuki, about 36 miles (58 km) to the northeast, and Nairobi, about 60 miles (96 km) to the southwest. There is an airfield nearby.
Nyeri County is situated about 150 km north of Kenya’s capital Nairobi. This is in the country’s densely populated and fertile Central Highlands. Nyeri lies between the eastern base of the Aberdare (Nyandarua) Range.
This forms part of the eastern end of the Great Rift Valley, and the western slopes of Mount Kenya. The most imposing landmark around Nyeri is Mount Kenya.
About twenty kilometers out of town is the Mount Kenya National Park. Mount Kenya is an imposing extinct volcano lying strategically astride the Equator. The mountain has two main peaks – Batian (5200m) and Nelion (5188m).
It is the highest mountain in the Kenya. This is also the second, after Kilimanjaro, in Africa. It has two main snow covered peaks, Batian and Nelion.
The majority of Nyeri residents are Kenya’s largest ethnic group, the Kikuyu. The Kikuyu language is therefore widely spoken, along with Kenya’s national language, Kiswahili as well as Kenya’s official language, English.
Black Africans from other Kenyan ethnic groups (most of them being state and private sector employees) make up a small minority, with the rest of the population comprising Kenyans of Asian origin and a small white.
|Languages spoken||English, Kiswahili, Kikuyu|
|Currency used||Kenya Shillings|
|Area (km2)||2,361 km²|