Colonial Town of Nyeri

The colonial town of Nyeri, to the east of the range, was the centre of the Happy Valley settlers, a group of British aristocrats and adventurers who became infamous for their decadent lifestyles and exploits during the 1930’s and 40’s. The town still has the atmosphere of a sleepy English village, an impression bolstered by the cool air and morning mists.

Just outside of town is the Outspan Hotel, a colonial landmark that has become a place of pilgrimage for the world’s scouts. A small cottage in the hotel grounds was the last home of Lord Baden Powell, founder of the scouting movement, and he is now buried outside Nyeri. His home now has a small museum dedicated to his life and memory.

The Outspan is also the base for visitors to Treetops, the safari lodge which also played its own role in British history. Queen Elizabeth was staying here on the night of February 6th 1952 when her father King George IV died. As a result this forest lodge, surrounded by herds of elephant and buffalo, became the place where she officially marked her passage from Princess to Queen.

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