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Limuru

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Limuru is a town in central Kenya. It is also the name of a parliamentary constituency and an administrative division. The population of the town, as of 2004, was about 4,800.LocationLimuru is a town located on the eastern edge of the Great Rift Valley about 40km, by road, northwest of Nairobi, the capital and largest city in Kenya. The geographical coordinates of Limuru town are:1°06'28.0"S, 36°38'34.0"E (Latitude:-1.107778; Longitude:36.642778).HistoryThe native language of most people in Limuru is Kikuyu, with Swahili and English widely spoken.Limuru serves as the capital of Kiambu West District which was formerly part of Kiambu District. In addition, it is also the name of a parliament constituency.Most of the area of Limuru is now what was previously known as the "white highlands", a rich agricultural land just south of the equator. The term "white highlands" derived from the British and other Europeans who realised the productive potential of this area and settled in large numbers with the support of the colonial government, establishing coffee and tea plantations, cereal farms and ranches. Altitude of the town is about 2,500 meters. Limuru has a temperature of 10 - 28 °C (75 °F) year round.IndustryLimuru is widely known in Kenya for the large amounts of tea it produces.The tea plantations established around Limuru from 1903 onwards were the foundation of Kenya's largest export industry, which produces some of the world's highest quality tea. Limuru is home to BATA shoe company, the largest shoe factory in East and Central Africa.
Limuru is in Central Province. Use our Kenya trip planner to arrange your visit to Limuru and other destinations in Kenya.
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