Paradise Lost

Mbai Caves - Rumathi Caves

Useful Information

Location: Near Kiambu Town. 2 km from Kiambu 20 km from Nairobi's City Centre.
Open: daily 6-18. [2001]
Fee: Adults KES 200, Children (6-18) KES 150.
Non-residents: Adults USD 10.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours:  
Address: Joseph Mbai, Misarara, Kiambu.
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~1960 used by the Mau Mau as a hideout.
1996 Joseph Mbai, the son of the owner, and some farm hands discovered the caves.


The caves at Paradise Lost were discovered by workers in 1996. An exploration and excavation by archeologists from the National Museums of Kenya reveiled 8,000 to 12,000 years years old human remains. Black pieces of stone were actually obsidian rock artefacts from the Late Stone Age. The caves are shelters, eroded by the water of the nearby Gichi river. They are located behind a 3.5 m wide waterfall.

Today the caves are equipped with electric light, but still they are a little difficult. The ceiling is very low at several points, and so it is necessary to crawl through this parts. It is not difficult to visit the cave, but still a little physical fitness and appropriate clothes are much recommended.