Nzambani Rock Kenya is the biggest rock in Kenya that stands approximately 600 feet (183 meters above the ground), the stone is locally known as the Ivia ya Nzambani, and the stone is located far meters from the Kitui town along Kitui-Mutitu road at Nzambani market in Kenya. Nzambani rock is tourism safari destination to various tourists because it offers a cool breeze and also the views of Kitui County and beyond it. The Nzambani rock is undoubtedly known as one of the country’s largest stone outcrops.
Nzambani rock is a major Kenya safari tourism attraction in Kitui county, that is the tourists who come to visit the rock on their safari are experienced with the hiking safari to the top of the rock that is the Adult foreigners are charged Ksh 1000 then the children are charges Ksh 500. Then the local adult tourists pay Ksh 200 then the children Ksh 100 to hike the rock until on its top. Nzambani rock has got the metallic staircase that has been constructed for the visitors to climb to the top of the rock, the staircase is fenced for the sake of the children and other people that are afraid of the height of the rock.
Nzambani rock is such overlooked the local residents, but the rock is unique in that it has its beautiful myths surrounding it, that attracts a variety of tourists from worldwide who come to experience adventure and the quench their dream about the myths, though it is said that anyone who moves around the Nzambani rock seven times changes into a member of the opposite sex, ever thought of changing your gender to the opposite sex then make a safari to the Nzambani rock in Kitui, though this said been said through one generation to another but it is still said that no one has ever tried to go around the rock seven times, although there are various tales as to how the rock came into the existence and here the tourists are charged Ksh 200 to be told all the myths surrounding the rock to thrill while on Kenya wildlife Tours.
Tales of the famous Nzambani rock.
The tales surrounding the Nzambani rock has become the source of every attraction to many tourists, so the Nzambani rock came into existence as Mzee Kimanzi enarates. ‘’ There was nothing in the place, it was a forest where people used to graze and collect firewood, but it was one day, when the three girls came looking for firewood, and one of the girls found a round stone, which she picked and hid in her chest so that she can take it home to her grandparents to use it as pounding tobacco’’ he said.
The girls were dressed in the animal skin because there were no clothes by that time, after some time the girl who collected the stone realized that it was growing big and heavy, and she had to stop collecting firewood, when the rest of the girls came, they found when their friend had turned a stone apart from the head. And her name was called Nzambaa, she explained her friends to what happened and requested for their help, but they were not able as it was already late getting to night and of which there were wild animals.
The girls went to Nzambaa’s home and explained to her parent, who went together with them and also tried to save the daughter but still it was impossible, also the elders met and sacrificed the black sheep which also failed to rescue her, the next day they came back and still found she completely turned into a rock, and that’s how the Nzambani rock came into the existence, the place is still used as the sacrifice place especially when it’s not raining.
Has anyone ever tried changing their gender after going round seven times, Mzee Mutunga says, ‘’One day a boy said that he wanted to become a woman as he felt women were too much favored and treated better than men, then when the approached the elders they told him to go around the rock seven times it was very early in the morning, then he did it alone, by the evening time he had already turned into a woman’’. The rock is such magical for anyone who wish to become the opposite sex should visit Nzambani rock in Kitui. For the tourists on a safari it takes those about 45 minutes to go up to the rock and the tourists can be able to view the Kitui County at a 360 degree.
Nzambani rock is a safari tourism destination in Kitui Kenya, that is it has tales surrounding the rock have since become a source of curiosity, attracting various tourists in the area, that’s why the tourists do visit the rock to explore various tales of the rock.