The Mau Mau Caves, located in the slopes of Mount Kenya, lead to a spectacular waterfall and Burguret River pass-through boulders. These caverns in Nanyuki, which were once hidden by a deep forest cover, are well renowned for their historical significance. Between 1952 and 1960, the Mau Mau Freedom fighters utilized these tunnels to store supplies and hide from colonial soldiers during the Emergency.

How to Get There

Take Nanyuki matatus from their Tea Room Stage at the intersection of Accra Rd and River Rd if taking public transportation.

Arrive at the Bantu Lodge turnoff, which is well marked. The Lodge is approximately 1 kilometer from the road.

If you’re driving, use Thika Road for 138 kilometers to Karatina town. After another 12.5 kilometers towards Nyeri, turn right onto the road to Nanyuki and travel 42 kilometers via Kiganjo, Chaka, and Naro Moru to the Bantu Lodge turnoff on the right.

Mount Kenya, Mau Mau Caves Guide

if you want to get a proper guide to take you hiking on the Mau Mau Caves of Mount Kenya, the best bet is to get a tour guide from Bantu Lodge.

The 9-kilometer trek from Bantu Lodge takes you into the bush at the slopes of Mount Kenya on a gravel path. Due to over-exploitation, the forest cover in this area is very scant. It does, however, offer a delightful stroll among untamed woods and short indigenous trees abounding with baboons, birds, and other species.

Hyenas, elephants, buffalos, and other species have been seen in this woodland, as shown by footprints and animal droppings.

When you arrive at the caverns, cross the river on a swinging footbridge to the shallow cave, which is largely made up of a big boulder overlooking a wide sheltering room. The river’s route through rocks lies straight across the caverns, with tumbling waterfalls behind them. A short side climb leads to the top of the waterfalls, with spectacular views of the rapids that precede the drop.

The cost for the one day Mount Kilimanjaro hike includes and excludes the following items

Hike Price includes

All transfers to the mountain and back to your hotel

Professional, experienced, mountain guides

Guides, Porters, Cook salaries and park fees

Quality, waterproof, four-season mountain sleeping tents

Sleeping Mattress

All meals while on the Mountain

Quality Mess tents with table and chairs

Large portions of fresh, healthy, nutritious food

Clean, purified drinking water

Conservation fees (part of park fees)

Camping or Hut fees (part of park fees)

Rescue fees (part of park fees)

VAT (18% charged by the Government)

Surcharge for online payment of deposit (5%)

Price Excludes

Airport transfers

Accommodation in Nairobi

Tanzania Visa


Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)

Meals not listed above

Optional Tours (short safari after your climb etc)