The Kenyan town of Ruaka is located in the Kiambu County. It is part of the Greater Nairobi Metropolitan Conurbation.
Ruaka is located north west of Nairobi, and is on the Nairobi Limuru Road. It is home to the Two Rivers Mall, the biggest mall in Kenya, and in East Africa.
Once a sleepy agricultural town, home to farms and peasants, in the last few years Ruaka has undergone a dramatic change in terms of landscape and lifestyle. Its proximity to Nairobi, pleasing landscape and comfortable climate, has made it a popular and apt choice for developers and builders. Many residential and commercial developments have come up across the town.
Ruaka is located on the border of both Nairobi as well as Kiambu counties. It is close to the United Nations Office in Nairobi, and also to several diplomatic missions located in the same area. And thus, enjoys a higher level of security than many other neighboring regions. This makes the town a popular choice of residence for many Kenyans and expatriates. It has been developed to offer a comfortable and affluent lifestyle.
Ruaka is located close to Nairobi, and to Two Rivers and Rosslyn Riviera Mall. This makes it an excellent location for residents and visitors alike. There are a lot of things to do in Ruaka, Kenya. If you are looking for a healthy dose of fun and retail therapy, you should head out to the Two Rivers Mall.
Two Rivers Mall
If you are looking for a full day of adventure and fun, the enormous Two Rivers Mall is an excellent destination. Though, be warned, you may need to spend more than a day at the mall to discover everything it offers.
Spread across 65,000 square meters, the mall boasts of an enormous shopping and retail space. It is home to big brands such as Carrefour, LC Wakiki, Hugo Boss and Nike.
The largest Ferris Wheel in Africa is at the Two Rivers Mall. It offers riders spectacular views of Nairobi and neighboring areas, and is aptly called the ‘Eye of Kenya‘.
The waterpark is a great hit with children and adults alike. Other delightful experiences that await guests and patrons at the Two Rivers Mall include the Dancing Fountains, Magic Planet and Skate Park.
Several hours of shopping and time at the theme park will help work up a healthy appetite. You can choose from the wide range of dining options available here. So, whether you are looking for fast food, or fine dining, you will be pleased with the excellent choice before you. From traditional indigenous cuisines to an international fare, patrons can enjoy it all.
The Swahili words ‘Nyama Choma’ translate as ‘roast meat’. Roasted goat or beef meat is served with ugali and kachumbari salad, and is traditionally eaten with the hands. Ruaka has emerged as one of the best places to get Nyama Choma in this area. Located on the bypass, you will find meat being cooked on open grills and sold by several vendors. Of course, you can also opt to visit a restaurant that offers Nyama Choma.
Red Hill Art Gallery
The Red Hill Art Gallery is set amidst a beautifully verdant garden, and showcases modern and contemporary African art. It has an interesting and eclectic collection of art and sculpture that has been carefully and painstakingly collected by the owners of the gallery over a period of twenty five years.
The gallery proudly hosts exhibitions of works by renowned artists, as well as new talent. You can expect to see breathtaking collage art, narrative painting and much more. The art on display is as unique as the medium used to create them. If you intend to visit the gallery, it would be a good idea to check the exhibition schedule on the gallery’s official website.
The Karura Forest is unique and unusual because of several reasons. The most important of these is that it is an urban forest and only a few minutes’ drive from Ruaka. This is why it is an attractive option on your list of things to do in Ruaka Kenya. There are several pathways and trails you can choose to explore parts of the 1,000 ha forest. In fact you can cover as much as 50 kilometers of the forest on the marked trails. It is a good idea to wear comfortable and sturdy footwear so that you can make the most of your visit to the Karura Forest.
Karura Forest is home to as many as 200 species of birds and many animals. It lies on the drainage basin of several tributaries of the Nairobi River, including the Rui Ruaka, Getathuru and the Thigirie.
Visitors to the forest will enjoy exploring it and can visit the mau mau caves, the waterfalls and the bamboo forest. After several hours of hiking you may enjoy relaxing by the river café. If you need to take a break from the rigors of urban life, the Karura Forest offers an excellent getaway.
Shopping for traditional and indigenous handicrafts has never been so much fun, as it is at a Masai Market. The location of the market changes every day, and so it would be a good idea to check where it will be set up on the day you intend to visit. Some of the locations for the market include The Village Market and the Westgate Shopping Mall.
Ruaka is a satellite town to Nairobi. Whether you live here or are visiting, you can choose to avoid the congestion in Nairobi by opting to stay in Ruaka. It is well connected by road, and the bypass makes it more convenient to get to, and out of Ruaka.
The town is the choice destination for both young professionals, and for locals and expatriates working in multinational corporations. There are numerous hotels and apartments that visitors to the town can choose from. There are many things to do in Ruaka Kenya, and you can choose based on your interests and preferences.Places nearby:
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