Just 40 kilometers from Nairobi, Thika straddles Kiambu and Muranga counties. Attached to Nairobi by an eight-lane highway, it usually takes less than an hour to drive there so it is perfect for a day visit with the family. There are plenty of child-friendly Family Fun Places to Check Out in Thika and the surrounding areas.
Here are 5 family fun Places to Check Out in Thika for you and the kids to enjoy some time out:
Fourteen Falls is a spectacular 27 meter deep waterfall that derives its name from the 14 distinct falls that cut across the Athi River.
The falls are a majestic sight from afar but the closer you get to them, they lose their allure. They’re choking in pollution; mostly plastic, hyacinth, and foam. Still, they’re a sight to behold. On a good day, you can witness divers jump off the edge and into the water. Whew!
You and the kids can get that dose of adrenaline from a safe distance. Charges: Ksh 200 adults & Ksh 100 kids.
Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park
If you and the kids love bird watching, you’ll love Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park. It’s home to 45 species of birds including the white-browed sparrow weaver, grey- headed sparrow weaver, African pied wagtail, mourning dove, augur buzzard, African hawk eagle and purple-breasted sunbird.
Buffalo are the dominant animals in the ecosystem and other wildlife include bushbucks, leopards, olive baboons, aardvarks, porcupines, mongoose, pythons and monitor lizard. The mountain’s summit also offers visitors scenic views of Mount Kenya.
Entry to the park will cost Ksh 250 for adults and Ksh 200 for kids
Not too far from Ol Donyo Sabuk national park is the McMillan House. American settler couple William & Lucie Mcmillan used to host some legendary parties at their house. They hosted the likes of Theodore Roosevelt & Winston Churchill. The exterior has been preserved well over the years.
The interior could do with a little refurbishing. There are plans to turn it into a museum. It’s free to access but for a negotiable fee, one of the locals can take you and the kids on a tour of the house and compound. History lesson.
Beryl Markham, (in)Famous Huntress
For more history lessons, you and the kids can check out the Manyika house. It’s the former home of Beryl Markham, (in)famous huntress, horse trainer, and aviatrix. She was the first person (not a woman but a person!) to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic from England to North America.
The colonial-era farmhouse lies amid a sprawling coffee plantation a short drive from Thika town. It’s been preserved for decades and is in great shape. It’s tastefully furnished with antique pieces and guests can have lunch in the five-acre garden.
Blue Post Hotel
Yet another historical gem is the Blue Post Hotel. It was built in 1908 and occupies an enviable spot in Thika- opposite the Chania Falls. The falls may not be as grand as Fourteen Falls, but they’re cleaner.
The hotel has a garden for al fresco dining and they have a daily lunch buffet.