Nearby Destinations

Nzambani Rock

Nzambani Rock, locally known as Ivia ya Nzambani, is a stone outcrop standing approximately 600 feet (183 meters above the ground). The rock is situated about 8 kilometers from Hotel San Marino, Kitui along the Kitui-Mutitu road at Nzambani market.

Next to it are St. Peters Nzambani Boys’ Secondary School and Nzambani Primary School. The top of the rock offers a cool breeze and views of Kitui County and beyond.

Nzambani Rock is a major tourist attraction in Kitui County attracting both locals and foreigners. A metallic staircase has been constructed for visitors to climb to the top. The staircase is fenced for the sake of children and other people who are afraid of heights.

The rock is particularly famous for the myths surrounding it, attracting many who come to experience adventure and quench their curiosity about the myths. It is believed that anyone who goes round the rock seven times changes into a member of the opposite sex.

This tale has been passed from one generation to another but it is clear that no one has ever tried to go round the rock seven times. There are many other tales as to how the rock came into being. Visitors are charged a fee to be told all the myths surrounding the rock as well as access the top.

Kalundu Dam Eco Park

Launched during Christmas Eve on the 22nd December 2020 by the Kitui County Governor, H.E. Charity Kaluki Ngilu in Kitui Town, Kalundu Dam Eco Park is a man-made beach, the first dry land beach in Kenya. The locals have playfully thanked the governor for bringing the Kenyan coast to Kitui County.

The 30.9-acre recreational facility which is only 0.9km away from Hotel San Marino, Kitui includes a nine-acre man-made dam and paved walkways. It is billed as the epitome of Kitui’s tourism attractions.

On completion, the recreational development will include a floating restaurant, kayaking, jet skiing among other amenities.

Ikoo Valley

Ikoo Valley is located 30km from Hotel San Marino, Kitui. The valley is ideal for birdwatching & sightseeing from the view point at Kaluu.

Ikoo valley is about 20km long. Fashioned in a V-shape, the valley is approx. 300m deep with Ikoo Valley River flowing along its stretch. It is no doubt that Ikoo Valley provides a vantage point for photographic opportunities of the Mwingi scenery with even better scenes of the rising and falling hills beyond.

Ikoo Valley is believed to have been formed during the Mozambique belt metamorphism in late Proterozoic but there is evidence to suggest it was reactivated at least once during Pleistocene when rejuvenation of the main East African Rift System in Kenya occurred.

The valley was used as a natural fortress by Kamba archers to repel the spear-wielding Maasai warriors.

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