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Most Nairobians enjoy ‘out of town’ plans. It’s always a great idea to spend some time away from the city and enjoy the countryside. However, it is true that most people would still prefer to take a little of the city with them even as they venture into the countryside. I think this is why Chaka Ranch has been such a big hit since last year’s holidays. It is tucked away at the foot of Mount Kenya but still loaded with a lot of fun activities that everyone can enjoy.

A view of the ranch from the entrance foot bridge

A view of the ranch from the entrance foot bridge

The ranch is located at Chaka, a small town on the Nairobi to Nanyuki highway. I visited the ranch from Nanyuki and it was just a 20 minutes drive to Chaka town. From Chaka town, it took us about 20 more minutes to get to the ranch, the roads are good but we had traveled during a public holiday and so there was a lot of traffic. We were practically stuck in a convoy all the way.

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There were a lot of activities going on at the ranch. There are restaurants, barbeque areas, sports bars, a kid’s playgrounds with bouncing castles. However, I think the main attractions of the place is the buggies and quad bikes. There were races all around the place for kids and grown-up.

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Eating Area

The ranch has two types of small quad bikes; the Toto and Junior which can be hired at Kshs.1000 and Kshs.2000 each for a 30 minute ride around the track. For adults, there are the senior quad bikes which are hired for Kshs.3000 for 30 minutes. There are also three types of buggies, Junior, Maggiebuggy and Racing Baggie for Kshs.2000, 3000 and 5000 respectively.

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Kids having fun

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It was fun watching the kids

It was fun watching the kids

Things you should know about Chaka Ranch:
a. The location is very beautiful. The ranch is surrounded with stunning views especially of the Mount Kenya. There is also outdoor eating area from where you can see the dam. This is very beautiful although may not be ideal for kids unless closely monitored since the dam was not fenced by the time I was there.

A view of the mountain

A view of the mountain


b. They have a cashless system where all payments have to be made using Visa/Mastercards or Mpesa. We used Mpesa to buy all meals. I saw the same system in use at the Bantu Lodge where we had to buy meals and pay for all activities using a ticket, no cash inside the lodge. Not sure if it is a new thing at leisure spots in Nanyuki only.

What I didn’t like about my visit to Chaka Ranch was the fact that on that particular day, people had to wait for up to 4 hours for food orders to be ready especially any type of ‘Nyama Choma’. It could be because it was during a holiday and the place was really packed as it had just been launched but we ended up not eating at the venue during our visit.

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I hope to visit the ranch again on a normal day,not a public holiday definitely.

Otherwise, Chaka Ranch is definitely a great place to visit. If you have kids, they will definitely enjoy the visit even more. It is only 2 hours away from Nairobi so definitely an easy drive for a weekend out of town.

I swear...it was moving at what i would call a neck-braking, dangerous speed LOL

I swear…it was moving at what i would call a neck-breaking, dangerous speed LOL

photo credit:I took most of the photos, however, some were from http://chakaranch.com/ where i also got the pricelist for the bikes(the epic pics of the stationery bikes and the mountain are from the site). Visit the official website for more information about the ranch.

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11 comments on “Chaka Ranch

  1. abuamirah
    February 24, 2015

    Awesome, really awesome. I love the way you do these reviews, very informative.

    • dianagitau
      February 25, 2015

      Thank you so much Abu… its a new area of writing that i am trying out, combining my love for traveling and writing so i am encouraged by your words.

  2. trablog
    February 24, 2015

    haha.. hope you had the ‘dirty ‘ fun on the mud bike 😀

    • dianagitau
      February 25, 2015

      Unfortunately, i was only posing on that last pic lol…next time, ill be brave and try out the bikes 🙂

      • trablog
        February 25, 2015

        haha.. the secret has revealed!! 😛
        You should have tried!

  3. Fatmawaty
    February 25, 2015

    WOW! Nice place! Very…very beautiful!
    I wanna try that bike…😅

    • dianagitau
      February 25, 2015

      Thank you Fatma, unfortunately, i didn’t even try the bikes, i got to scared since i don’t even know how to cycle a normal bicycle 🙂 i hope to try them one day though.

  4. Rambling Rose
    May 12, 2015

    Looks like an exciting getaway. they should hire you for marketing promos 🙂
    What isexotic sounding Nyama Choma that people will queue up for?

    • dianagitau
      May 12, 2015

      Thanks RR. I should pitch the idea to them and perhaps earn an income that way but offering to cover their events 🙂 Nyama Choma is just Swahili for Roasted Meat, a favorite dish Kenyans especially at leisure spots, not really exotic though 🙂

  5. Eng. P G Maina
    May 8, 2017

    unfortunately time is always speeding, like my colleague explained, its a heaven. thats my kind of out-for-fun places. I’ll be back.

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