Fourteen Falls


This cold, rainy weather is reminding me of a chilly day we spent at Fourteen Falls a few years ago. Claire was about two years old – just a little older than Heidi is now. On a whim, we packed a picnic lunch, and drove up Thika Highway to the famed Fourteen Falls.


About 1.5 hours outside Nairobi, Fourteen Falls is close enough to make it an easy day trip. We walked along the river, and scrambled down some rocky, root-strewn paths to the base of the falls. The sound was impressive, with a constant roar of water flowing over the edge.


We laid out our picnic blanket alongside the river, but I must say, it was not the most pleasant picnic experience we’ve ever had. First of all, the river STINKS. It is horribly polluted, and the stench is downright foul. There was also a pack of mangy feral dogs running around, begging for scraps. Needless to say, we did not linger long over our picnic!

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Despite the stench, the river and falls are a genuinely gorgeous sight to behold. (Imagine if someone managed to clean up the pollution in Athi River? This place would be a little river paradise just outside the city! Listen up, Thika Municipal Council!)

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I’d love to go back to Fourteen Falls on a nice, sunny day. We’ll be sure to pack our nose plugs along with our blanket and picnic lunch. I think Heidi would love the sound of the roaring falls, and watching the foamy water below. We haven’t been since 2013, so who knows – maybe someone has cleaned it up? In any case, I still think it’s a worth while trip and a great way to get out of the city for the day.

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Have you been to Fourteen Falls lately? What were your impressions? 

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4 Responses to Fourteen Falls

  1. Sandi says:

    If you go on a sunny day, Claire will see her rainbow. 🙂

    • Mama Mgeni says:

      Argh, that’s so awful! It really is a shame that the place is so polluted… 🙁 But I love that the boat men have taken it upon themselves to help clean up what they can!

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