The Nandi Rock

This, is the most prominent rock formation along the whole length of the Nandi (Nyando) Escarpment, is a 30 minute walk from the KWS post at Kaptumek. It is of great cultural significance to both the Nandi and Luo and is a marker of the escarpment boundary between the tribes.
On the plains immediately below is one of the locations where barter trade took place between the two.

Branch off the main highway (D291) at Kabujoi onto a murram road that passes St. Peter Clavers School. Pass a left branch to Kimwaren and Miwani (after 5 km); reach Maraba (further 2 km) where one enters a terrain of rounded rocks and boulders, greatly various in shape and size; descend a hill on a stretch of old tarmac to reach a junction (further 2 km) and take the right branch to Chepkobel (further 7 km). Continue straight on to reach Kaptumek dispensary and the KWS post (further 3 km). Some sections of the road, particularly the last, can be tricky when it rains heavily.

It is good to report to the KWS rangers at Kaptumek, so that they are aware of the size of your party and your plans. If the rangers are busy with other duties and you want a good local guide, ring Richard Kosgei (0700634110).

The walk to the Rock, over coarse-grained boulders and low-growing vegetation in rich, black soil is not very challenging and soon one reaches rock ledges offering magnificent views across the sugar plantations of the Nyando plains towards South Nyanza, Lake Victoria and the shining buildings of Kisumu city. The clearest views are early in the morning; the most beautiful and memorable at sunset after a hot, sunny day. To the east and west the escarpment stretches away into the middle distance. Most of the boulder-strewn landscape to the west is part of Bonjoge National Reserve.

A number of caves, large and small, can be visited. They are home to a variety of animals, including bats, lizards and hyrax, and make a convenient refuge for humans caught by the rain.


The very top of the rock can be reached via a short (30m) chimney, but should be tackled only by the experienced climber with proper equipment.