Best Places To Visit In Nyamira County

Here is a list of the best places to visit in Nyamira County. Nyamira County is a county in the former Nyanza Province of Kenya. It was formerly part of Kisii County when Kisii County was a district and is sometimes called North Kisii County. The county‘s topography is mostly hilly “Gusii highlands”. 

The permanent rivers and streams found in the County include Sondu, Eaka, Kijauri, Kemera, Charachani, Gucha (Kuja), Bisembe, Mogonga, Chirichiro, Ramacha and Egesagane. All these rivers and several streams found in the County drain their water into Lake  Victoria. River Eaka is important to Nyamira residents as this is where the intake of Nyamira water supply is located. In no particular order, here is a list of the best places to visit in Nyamira County.

List Of Best Places To Visit In Nyamira County

1. Manga Hills

The Abagusii community refers to this hill as the Emanga ridge. Standing on this hill, one can see the beautiful landscapes of Kisii’s southern parts up to the lake region. The Manga hills contain several historical facts, and anyone interested in history would not want to miss out on learning about the Abagusii beliefs. The hill has an endless hole known as Engoro ya manga, which is thought to have connected to the great Lake Victoria.

During the migrations, it is believed that the Abagusii people first settled on this hill before moving to other parts of Kisii. This hill is full of caves and massive rocks that provide shelter for the people and allow them to spot the enemy during attacks. Manga Hills served as the first court, which was known as Ritongo during the colonial era, and was useful in settling disputes and negotiating dowry prices. This hill is considered sacred/holy, and visitors must follow certain procedures. To gain access, one must tie a bundle of green grass and then collect some pieces of firewood, which are thrown into the hole. When faced with disasters such as drought, famine, and floods, community elders come here to offer sacrifices and offerings to their ancestors.

It is believed that when the region becomes extremely hot and dry, the ridge will burn and heavy rains will follow. Residents are said to see fire-burning bushes at night, but when they return the next day, they will find no evidence of the mysterious fire.

2. Keera Waterfall

Keera Waterfall is located in Rangenyo Village, 4 kilometres north of Nyamira Town on Nyamira-Kadongo Road. This off-the-beaten-path waterfall makes for a pleasant afternoon walk. The 35-meter-high Keera Falls has eerie caves at the bottom. A few metres away from the Keera waterfalls is a cave where rainmakers used to congregate to make their sacrifices. Visitors gather to watch the waters cascade; even after all these years, it is still fascinating, and the myths surrounding KeeraFallss only add to their curiosity.

3. Nkoora Hills

Nkoora Hills is located in Nyamaiya, about 10 kilometres north of Nyamira Town. It has the potential to be developed as a conservancy. It is a significant cultural shrine that is used for prayer and meditation. It’s a great place for enjoying nature trails, biking, picnics, team building, and other fun activities.

4. River Gucha

The River Gucha flows from the Mogonga Highlands to Lake Victoria. The river creates beautiful scenery that will captivate you. The river serves the surrounding community well and is also an excellent location for water activities. Locals frequently dive into the waters, especially on hot days. They take a walk along the banks after swimming to listen to the sounds made by the water as it rushes by.

5. Guardian Hotel

Guardian Hotel is located along Konate-Senta Road, Opposite Co-operative Bank in Nyamira Town. The hotel is known for its lush surroundings and its contemporary architectural designs. The customer service personnel at the hotel serve you very well, and the food they offer is very nice. from local foods to international foods that they offer which are prepared by good chefs. The rooms are very spacious with water there throughout in the rooms. Guardian Hotel has also ample parking for its visitors.

6. Borabu Country Inn

This is one of the best hotels in Nyamira County, the hotel is located off Nyamira-Kisii road making it easily accessible. The reception area is small so don’t expect anything so fancy. However, the eating area outside the hotel is very accommodating and has a very good supply of air. I’d advise someone to sit out and use the WiFi as they enjoy a cup of coffee. The hotel has accommodation with moderate prices. Their rooms and board rooms are clean and spacious. Their food is delicious for kids too.

7. Helsinki Hotel

HelsinkHotelel is located near Nyabite Market and is one of the best places to be in Nyamira County. It is a very nice hotel with lovely views. Their staff is very friendly and accommodating.  The hotel rooms are well-kept. They serve very delicious food.  Helsinki executive room, which had a bedroom, bathroom,m and a separate lounge area cost Ksh 5500 per night, with breakfast. Whereas the superior room, which has just a bedroom and bathroom costs Ksh 4000 per night with breakfast. There is also Wi-Fi and ample parking at the hotel.  HelsinkHotelel is planning to improve its services by introducing a portable swimming pool, a modern gym,m, and other amenities.

8. Kiabonyuru Hill

Kiabonyoru Hill is the highest viewpoint in Nyamira County and has an elevation of 2,141 metres. Kiabonyoru is situated nearby to the localities Nyangoge and Nyaramba in Nyamira County. As you walk around Kiabonyoru Hill, you can see places like Keroka town, Homa Bay Hills, and Lake Victoria.

9. Amanzi Resort

Amanzi Resort is a peaceful retreat located in Nyamira County, just off the B3 road heading towards Kisii Town. It offers a beautiful view and fresh air, making it the perfect escape from busy city life. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, this resort is ideal. The resort provides parking for guests’ cars and has a bar that offers a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. One of the great advantages of the resort is that the reception desk is open 24/7, ensuring that guests are always taken care of. The resort also has a well-maintained garden for guests to enjoy.

Family rooms are available, equipped with everything needed for a comfortable stay with children. The resort offers two types of rooms: single and twin/double. Guests can enjoy amenities such as a desk, free toiletries, outdoor furniture, and an outdoor dining area. Some rooms offer a view of the lake, while others overlook the beautiful garden.

10. Lijam Legacy Hotel

Lijam Legacy Hotel is situated in Nyamira, just an 8-minute walk from Nyamira Main Stage. The hotel provides comfortable accommodations with a restaurant and complimentary private parking. It is a 3-star hotel that offers a 24-hour front desk, room service, and free WiFi. Each room at the hotel has a private bathroom and is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms also feature a seating area. 

Other places to visit include;

  • Nyabisimba Hill
  • Kemasare hills
  • Nyabite open-air market
  • Bonyunyu Dam
  • Sotik Highlands Tea Estate
  • Henri Gardens and Culture Resort
  • Nyaigesa Waterfall
  • Ngoromwaga Caves

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