Thika Tourism

(For other uses, see Thika (disambiguation).) Thika (pronounced [ˈθika]) is an industrial town in Kiambu County, Kenya, lying on the A2 road 42 kilometres (26 mi) north east of Nairobi, near the confluence of the Thika and Chania Rivers. Although Thika town is administratively in Kiambu County, the greater Thika area comprising such residential areas such as Bendor estate, Maporomoko, Thika Greens, Thika Golden Pearl, Bahati Ridge, Thika Sports Club, among others, are within Murang'a County. Thika has a population of 139,853 which is growing rapidly, as is the entire greater Nairobi area. Its elevation is approximately 1,631 metres (5,351 ft). Thika is home to the Chania Falls, Fourteen Falls on the Athi river and the Thika Falls, Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park lies to the southeast. The town has a railway station with limited passenger service as only cargo trains operate, although there are plans to extend the proposed light rail system to Thika. The town is currently the headquarters of Thika West district following the split of the larger Thika district (created in 1994) into five districts: Thika East and Thika West, Ruiru, Gatundu and Gatanga. It is the seat of the South Central regional commissioner (deputy Provincial Commissioner) for Central Province appointed by president Mwai Kibaki in 2009 who is in charge of the larger Kiambu, Thika and Murang'a districts. However, under Kenya's new constitution, which recognises only the 47 districts in existence before 1992 as semi-autonomous counties, Thika falls under Kiambu County. Although Kiambu Town is expected to be the new county headquarters, it should remain the main commercial centre as well as the seat of the Thika Subcounty of the Kiambu County. The town is famous as the prime pineapple-growing region in Kenya, the Chania and Thika falls near the confluence of the respective rivers and as a gateway to the "Fourteen Falls" near Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park, which is used as a popular picnic and corporate recreation site. Thika is known as a centre for light industry, especially in food and horticulture processing. However, the decline of the textile industry has hit local firms such as Kenya Textile Mills (KTM), which was a cotton-to-fabric manufacturer that competed against Egyptian and Chinese manufacturers. Nevertheless, recent growth has been accentuated by the growth of the service sector, especially in education and finance. The Flame Trees of Thika (Memories of an African Childhood) is a book by Elspeth Huxley, later adapted for television by Euston Films for Thames Television. It describes the life of English settlers in the "White Highlands" in Edwardian times.


A place in Kenya, Thika is an interesting place to visit, given its unique culture, history and character. When planning a trip to Thika, make sure you visit its near-by prime city of Nairobi. Attractions in Nairobi include David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Or Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Center, Nairobi Education Centre - Animal Orphanage. To reach Thika, hop on a flight to airport which is the nearest major Hola Road, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. 1-2 days is an ideal duration of visit to Thika.

Don't just take a trip, let the trip take you! Have a enjoyable time at Thika.

  • Know the pollution level of Thika before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 67.31 (High)
    • Water Pollution 82.81 (Very High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 56.77 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 75.51 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 59.69 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 74.49 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 58.65 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 38.78 (Low)
  • How safe is Thika for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Thika.

    • Burglary and Theft 58.68 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 70 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 69.84 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 74.57 (High)
    • Car Stealing 53.49 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 65.66 (High)
    • Attacks 58.6 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 55.71 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 66.74 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 34.53 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 48.91 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 32.26 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 65.86 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Thika is 72.18 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 42.53 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 99.79 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 77.17 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 56.73 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 42.06 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 57.52 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 32.32 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 27.47 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Thika

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.03 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.84 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.68 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 56.2 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 30.69 USD

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