At Mbili Falls, take great shots as you listen to sound of nature

Site in Meru receives many visitors, from pupils, nature enthusiasts to music video producers.

Thursday February 11 2016

A nature lover captures on his phone the Mbili waterfall at Irindiro village in Tigania East on Monday. Mbili is great for hiking, bird watching, camping and excursions.PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A nature lover captures on his phone the Mbili waterfall at Irindiro village in Tigania East on Monday. Mbili is great for hiking, bird watching, camping and excursions.PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By IRENE MURITHI
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Located about 30km from Meru town on the Meru-Mikinduri-Kimachia road lies one of the region’s hidden gems — Mbili waterfall.

Tucked among tea plantations, the sound of rushing water and breath of fresh air at Mbili Falls is irresistible.

Mbili means ‘deep’ in the local Tigania dialect. It was named after a resident, who settled on the land where it sits along River Thangatha.

The area also has rocks, which locals believe were placed by God as gems from heaven. They resemble Kakamega’s ‘crying rocks’.

The view from atop the waterfall is spectacular.

Many natural physical features can be easily seen from this vantage point. The lush green tea farms form an idyllic picture that will prompt any nature lover to take great shots.

Locals are eager to show visitors around for free, but only when they are not busy on their farms.

The best time to visit Mbili Falls is after sunrise or just before sunset. Huge trees and riparian vegetation near the waterfalls provide the much-needed shade during the hot afternoons.

During the rainy season, the water volume increases and the thumping sound is much greater.

At this time of the season, visitors are warned to be extra cautious as the rocks are slippery.

The site receives many visitors ranging from pupils, nature enthusiasts to music video producers.

Mbili is great for hiking, bird watching, camping and excursions.

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