The Nairobi River Mau Mau Cave is located near Nanyuki in the Naro Moru Forest at the foothils of Mt. Kenya. The Mau Mau resulted from volcanic activity millions of years ago when lava cooled and solidified into rock sediment. Because of their historic relevance, the caves are today on the schedule of nearly all safaris into the Mt. Kenya region.
Mau Mau Caves were used by the freedom fighters in the colonial Kenya as a hideout from the Britsh soldiers. The caves, located at the foothills of Mt. Kenya, were used by the Mau Mau as a military base from 1953 to 1959. When the British soldiers found the location, they tried to bomb the caves only to miss the main cave by a short range. After the bombardment, the Mau Mau had to leave the hideout as the entrance of the small cave had been destroyed.
The caves were gazetted in 2003 by the Museums of Kenya as a national monument.
The walk to the Mau Mau caves is through a forest and over a swaying bridge from where you can view the rapids and the waterfall over the caves.
The caves formed as a result of volcanic activity in Mt. Kenya which resulted in the cooling of lava to form rock sediments.
Mau Mau Caves can beasily reached using the Naro Moru trekking route.
Driving from Nairobi to Nyeri is about 150km then a right turn to Nanyuki where you continue for 42km to Naro Moru. You'll then see a signpost for Bantu Lodge on the right. The Mau Mau Caves are a 9km hike, about 3h walk from the lodge.
Using public means, board Nanyuki matatus at the Accra Road and River Road Junction. Alight at the signpost for Bantu Lodge. From the bus stop to the Lodge is about 1km and the caves further 9km.
Entry Fees - Kenya Residents: The KFS charge 1000 Ksh for entry and hiking to the Mau Mau Caves.
Please check rates and details directly with the companies for more recent info.
|Distance from Nairobi||About 195km|
|Starting Point||Bantu Mountain Lodge near Nanyuki|
|Ending point||Bantu Mountain Lodge near Nanyuki|
|Walking Duration||3-4 hours|