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Geography and Climate

Nyeri town is the capital of the county by the same name. Nyeri is located in Central Kenya on the western slopes of Mount Kenya, approximately 150 kilometers north of Nairobi. It is a small town, mostly an administrative center for the county.

People and Religion

Majority of Nyeri residents are members of Kenya's largest ethnic group, the Kikuyu. The Kikuyu language is widely spoken, along with Kenya's official languages of English and Kiswahili.

Christianity is the dominant religion observed in Nyeri. The main denominations found here are Catholic, Presbyterian, Anglican, Pentecostals, and indigenous denominations. Muslims, traditional African believers, and Hindusmake up a small minority.

Tourism

Nyeri is a popular destination for relaxation, business, entertainment, and educational/cultural tourism.

The most imposing landmark around Nyeri is Mount Kenya the national park surrounding it. Mount Kenya is an imposing extinct volcano lying strategically astride the Equator. The mountain has two main snow-covered peaks - Batian (5,200 m) and Nelion (5,188 m). It is the highest mountain in the country and the second highest in Africa, after Mount Kilimanjaro. The activities carried out in the park include game drives, nature walks, mountain climbing, wildlife viewing, camping,and cave exploration.

Another popular tourist attraction 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.

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. The ranches also supply beef and dairy products.

The county is very agriculturally productive due to its location in the fertile central highlands. Cash crops mainly Tea and Coffee are the major sources of income. The farms in and around it offer pristine scenery.

Other attractions include the grave of the scouting Movement's founder, Lieutenant-General Lord Baden-Powell, and his cottage, called Paxtu, and the Italian War Memorial Chapel, located at Mathari.

For more information on Nyeri, please visit:
www.nyeri.go.ke
http://www.nyerionline.com/
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/423110/Nyeri
Kenya Wildlife Services - www.kws.org

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