Nyeri County is located in the central highlands of Kenya. It borders Laikipia County to the north, Kirinyaga County to the east, Murang’a County to the south and Nyandarua County to the west. It lies approximately 150km north of Nairobi, straddling two mountain massifs- the western slopes of Mount Kenya and the eastern base of the Aberdare Range which forms part of the eastern end of the Great Rift Valley.
The county experiences equatorial rainfall due to its location within the highlands and temperatures range from a mean annual minimum of 12°C to a mean maximum of 27° C. Nyeri is home to the Mt. Kenya National Park which is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Another tourist attraction is the Aberdare Ranges National Park. The park has stunning landscapes- from the mountain peaks to deep valleys with streams, rivers and waterfalls. The two highest peaks are OI Donyo Lesatima and Kinangop. As a means of protecting East Africa’s largest indigenous forest from destruction, The Rhino Charge is an annual fund raiser to cater for fencing the park.
Other attractions include Karuru Falls, the Queen’s cave pavilion where in 1959 Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip had a picnic, freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi’s hideout, the famous Kimathi post office in the fig (mugumo) tree and the Mau Mau freedom fighters caves.
Animals to look out for during the Mt. Kenya Epik Challenge include the Black Rhino, Colobus monkey, the elusive forest antelopes like the bongo and over 250 species of rare birds.