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Kenya's Amazing Scenes

The Kitui Nzambani Rock
 

The Nzambani rock is quite a popular scenic attraction in Kitui District. Kitui is a rural town in Kenya, located 130 kilometers east of Nairobi and 75 kilometers east of Machakos. People from this area of Kenya (Akamba) people speak Kamba language - Kikamba.
What makes this rock unique is the story behind it that has been passed along from one generation to another. The overnight "noises" and "imaginary women and children overnight activities" are some of the stories behind this Rock. The 60ft tall rock is located about 15 Miles from Kitui town and in a clear weather day, it can be seen as far as 50 Miles away.


The Fourteen Falls Thika

Fourteen Falls is located in Thika about 65 Kilometers North East of Nairobi off Thika-Garissa Road turning at Makutano junction. Fourteen Falls derives the name from their 14 distinct waterfalls on the broad section of the famous Athi River. At Fourteen Falls,there are local guides who can lead you down a rocky path to the near side base of the falls where you get a boat for crossing the river. The experienced boat guides use a long pole, guiding the boat on a leisurely ride downstream, back upstream and across the river to a rocky bank on the far side. The view of the falls from the boat is extraordinary!

You may spend a couple of hours strolling around the rocks at the base of the Falls and enjoy the fresh air, breathtaking view and local flora. The base of the Falls is characterized by large boulders and the powerful sound of rushing water as it cascades down the 25-foot drop. A fine spray hangs in the air and keeps everything cool. There are lots of birds. The guides also entertain visitors by performing jumps (they call it 'diving') from the top of the falls to the plunge pool below. It is a scene that once you visit the place, you will always wish to go back and again.


The Crying Stone of Ilesi Kakamega Kenya

For anyone at the foot of this phenomenon, the most striking feature is that it resembles a gowned figure, perpetually in tears flowing from ‘head to toe' — an image spiced-up by myth and folkfore. For the Government, it is simply another tourist attraction within the Western Kenya tourism circuit. And to scientists, it is a formation consisting of a large boulder balanced on a column of rock with water flowing from a groove in the middle. Indeed, geologists describe it as an acid plutonic rock consisting mainly of quartz, alkali, feldspar and mica. However, the stone is held dear and is of great cultural and spiritual importance to the Luhya community and the Isukha sub-tribe in particular. The Isukha live around the rock's formation. "To visitors, it is just another attraction but to us locals, it affects our lives in many ways just as it affected the lives of our forefathers," says one of the residence of the place.
 

The Crying Stone


The Menengai Crator in Nakuru Kenya

At Menengai Crater in Nakuru, Kenya, curious tourists are drawn to a controversial cave by stories of strange happenings that have convinced many that this is a haunted place. A number of strange things are said to happen in the crater, such as people disappearing without trace, Others losing directions for hours (or even days) only to be found by their relatives wandering around in a trance. The local people believe that the crater is haunted by evil spirits that capture people and animals and hide them in the netherworld.It is said that in the late 1950s and early 1960s, ghosts used to farm on a fertile piece of land on the floor of the crater.

According to eye witnesses, the 'demons' used to plough the land with tractors, plant wheat and harvest all within an hour. The locals even claim to have seen the devil riding a motorcycle on a hill called "Kirima Kia ngoma (Devil's Hill)" situated next to the crater. There is also the widespread allegation of a 'flying umbrella' that normally appears whenever it rains. But despite the eerie stories about the crater, pilgrims from as far as Kisumu, Kakamega and even Mombasa come to pray and fast at the site for days. Some even stay in the cave at the south of the crater for months. They say that they feel very close to God when praying in the crater. Menengai Crater is an extinct volcano with striking views of Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria as well as the crater itself.

The site offers excellent hiking opportunity, scenic site, hot springs, geysers, mud pots among others. Africa Point organises hikes to Menengai all around the year.

Menengai Crator

The Kituluni Anti-Gravity Hill in Machakos Kenya

On the way to Kituluni, one passes through Mutituni and Kivutini. A tarmac road leads toward the strange spot. It is a dangerous drive with tortuous twists and turns. Halfway round the hill, regardless of the speed at which the car might be moving, it is always jerked forward and suddenly moves faster without any noticeable change on the speedometer.

Kituluni hill covers an area of about a square kilometre, and if you want to prove that the hill is indeed as strange as it is said to be, you can carry out a few experiments. If you switch off the car and park it at the side of the road with nobody inside, it immediately begins to move up the hill at a speed of approximately 5kph. It has been known to do this for a distance of up to a kilometre. Although the Kituluni spot lies on a very steep part of the hill, experiments carried out with water produce the same results. Water can be seen flowing up the hill, instead of down. This place is so amazing that some people describe the hill as the eighth wonder of the world.

Wildlife Photography by Jay Parmar

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