Queen and donkey
The small church on the banks of the Naromoru river on the Nyeri/Nanyuki highway, prides itself of having the express permission of Her Majesty to hung a replica of her Coat-of-Arms - "Hon Soit ut Mai Pense". The item was made in silk from a picture supplied by Westminister Abbey.
A plaque at the bottom reads: "Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth attended Divine Service in this church on February 5th, 1952, and has graciously allowed her Coat-of-Arms to be hung" in the church. After the Coronation of the Queen on June 2, 1953, a highly valued 8-metre-long blue carpet known as Coronation Carpet was sent the following day to the Naromoru church from Westminister Abbey.
As can be viewed on the following site, there is a peculiar, yet interesting By-law in Nanyuki banning female donkeys !
- Road Trip
Mau Mau Caves
A bit outside Nanyuki you can visit caves in which the Mau Mau rebels were hiding. They are very difficult to find (obviously, as they were a hiding place), and I would suggest you get a guide in Nanyuki. This way you will also have someone to tell you about the Mau Mau. The cave is situated in the forest by the side of a lake, and is really just an overhanging rock. The climb down to the lake is an extremely steep track which I negotiated partly on my bottom while hanging on to trees and bushes. On the way back we crossed a river over a slippery log before we struggled up the hill again.
I really enjoyed the trip to the cave, but it was not an easy walk.