Nakuru-Nairobi Highway is one of the best highways in Kenya connecting Nairobi and Nakuru cities. It contains precious nature treasures that can be enjoyed as you use this road.
Nairobi is the largest and capital city of Kenya while Nakuru is the capital city of the Nakuru County. The driving distance is 100.04 miles and will take you approximately two hours. Once in a while it would be best to leave the city and enjoy nature and the great rift-valley view. Although its a busy highway,you are still able to enjoy fresh air. Unfortunately, its also a very dangerous highway that have taken a lot of lives mainly as a result of careless driving giving the highway a bad name as a killer road. Good thing is that the government is working tirelessly to ensure that lives are no longer lost along this road.
They are several towns along this magnificent highway including Limuru, Naivasha and Gilgil. These towns have different vegetation cover depending on their climate. They also have beautiful landscape scenes one of them being the great rift-valley. This highway is a treasure that many visitors come from all over the world to enjoy it. The locals have built several view points along the highway to enable the visitors enjoy the view safely.
Limuru town is within Kiambu county and was previously known as the “white highlands“. This town has a huge productivity potential due to its cold and conducive climate. It’s an ever greener town and a wonderful place for flourishing of both the flora and fauna. It hosts the Gatamaiyo Forest Reserve which is a part of the Aberdare Forest. The community also have man-made forests that contributes to the huge tree population in the area. As much as people are settling in the area, there are very minimal deforestation which is a good news for tree conservation.
Naivasha is the hot spot for horticulture and found within Nakuru County. Big flower companies have settled in this useful town along the Lake Naivasha. The bad news is that , these companies are over-exploiting waters from the lake and wrongly disposing their wastes to the wrong places. Naivasha does host the famous Hell’s Gate National Park, Mount Longonot and Lake Naivasha hence a popular tourist destination. It is drier compared to Limuru and mostly comprise of the grassland savanna vegetation. Unlike Limuru, most trees were cut down to provide space for the growing human population.
Gilgil is a small town within Nakuru Couny hosting the Lake Elementaita which serves as a bird sanctuary. It also host the a prehistoric site, Kariandusi, which is managed by the National Museums of Kenya. The town is also a home to Soysambu and Kigio Conservancy, these conservancies act as wildlife corridors. Despite being a small town , its crucial to the wildlife survival in the area. Lake Nakuru National Park being located within Nakuru town, gilgil offers a space for wildlife movements and breeding sites. Some time back when the banks of the lake Nakuru busted due to the heavy rains, the Flamingoes found a rescue home at the Lake Elementaita.
Its my hope that the treasures of this highway manage to overcome all the threats facing it for the future generations to enjoy it as well.