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Thumaita is rural village on the southern slope of Mount Kenya located in the Kirinyaga District, Central Province, of Kenya.

Mount Kenya mountain range

Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian, Nelion and Point Lenana. Mount Kenya is located in the former Eastern and central provinces of Kenya, now Meru, Embu, Laikipia, Kirinyaga, Nyeri and Isiolo counties, about 16.5 kilometres (10.3 mi) south of the equator, around 150 kilometres (93 mi) north-northeast of the capital Nairobi. Mount Kenya is the source of the name of the Republic of Kenya.

Central Province (Kenya) Former Province in Kenya

The Central Province was a region in central Kenya until 2013. It covered an area of 13,191 km2 (5,093 sq mi) and was located to the north of Nairobi and west of Mt. Kenya. The province had 4,383,743 inhabitants according to the 2009 census. The provincial capital was Nyeri.


Part of Haron Wachira's 1999 novel Waiting for Darkness [1] is set in Thumaita. [2]


  1. Wachira, Haron (1999). Waiting for Darkness. Nairobi: Jomo Kenyatta Foundation. ISBN   978-9966-22-156-8.
  2. GoogleBooks search of Waiting for Darkness returns 32 pages for Thumaita.

Coordinates: 0°27′S37°22′E / 0.450°S 37.367°E / -0.450; 37.367

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