County Executive Committee Member for Water, Environment, Tourism and Natural Resources Hon. Milkah Wanjiru leads an estimated 300 hikers who took to the breathtakingly scenic Table Mountains in Aberdares National Park and Forest Reserve.
The inaugural event, organized by the Directorate of Tourism, saw the hikers brave the dazzling Aberdare Ranges, marked by heavily gullied and forested tops in some sections.
Apart from the Table Mountains, it offers spectacular waterfalls, the Twin Rocks and Dragon Teeth, which are a paradise for enthusiasts of sight-seeing, camping, hiking and bird-watching.
Over 70 per cent of the park, which is accessible through Matubio in North Kinangop, Njabini (Mau-Mau Road) and Shamata in Ndaragwa, is in Nyandarua County.
The day began with hikers planting trees at the Shamata Gate.
On behalf of His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia, Hon. Wanjiru reminded the hikers, who included groups from Nairobi, Nanyuki and Nakuru that Nyandarua has a lot to offer as it lies uniquely between the Great Rift Valley and the Aberdare Ranges.
The Governor further announced that similar events will be organized to promote domestic tourism and generate revenue for the County.
Present was Member of the County Assembly for Shamata Ward Hon. Reuben Gitau, member of the County Public Service Board Mr. Gabriel Kimotho, alongside Chief Officers Ms. Mary Waithera (Tourism and Natural Resources), Ms. Sarah Ndegwa (Education, Culture and the Arts) and Ms. Mary Ndorongo (Public Administration and Information Communication Technology).
In attendance was Director of Health Services Dr. Martha Mwathi, Manager of Financial Services Activities at Ol’Kalou Dairies Ms. Gladys Hugo, the forester in charge of Ndaragwa Forest Mr. Samwel Gachagua, Senior Warden at the Kenya Wildlife Service Mr. Collins Omondi, County Assembly staff and enthusiastic community members.