The Buxton Tunnel in Kenya

The Buxton Tunnel

The Buxton Tunnel is found in Limuru highlands in Kenya. Classified as the longest and scariest tunnel, the Buxton Tunnel is both a historical masterpiece and a thrilling tourist destination. It is approximated to be two kilometers long. The tunnel was constructed in the year 1940 under the British administration.

Historical Background

George Whitehouse was the British engineer whose primary mission was to link the Mombasa Port with Lake Victoria. His idea got government backing amidst a myriad of opposition. The British government resorted to providing the financial muscle to make the rail project a success. The project was put under the management of Charles Elliot, a British East Africa commissioner. The rail project cost the British government millions of Euros. Moreover, the railway workers succumbed to wildlife attacks, diseases and drought. The rail routes mainly passed through semi-arid areas like the Tsavo, where clean water and food were scarce. To top it up, the semi-arid areas were marred with dangerous wild animals such as the man-eating lions.

The Buxton Tunnel
Lion

The numerous work setbacks and magnanimous expenditure caused an uproar in the British government. Close to 2500 workers had already lost their lives to a cause that did not seem to yield sufficient fruits. The rail route was dubbed the Lunatic Express. When the pressure to halt operations mounted, Charles Elliot was forced to call off the project.

After the termination of the Lunatic Express project, other rail routes were constructed. One of the routes passed through a highland in Limuru. The railway goes through a long tunnel covering a length of two kilometers. The rail route was termed The Buxton Tunnel. Several years ago, the tunnel came into the limelight as a result of the rampant crimes committed by gangs hiding out in the tunnel. Not only was this a civil problem but also a crippling factor in the tourism industry. The Kenyan government, through the police service, set out to get rid of the criminal gangs and make the tunnel accessible.

A Visit to the Buxton Tunnel

It is not unusual for local and foreign tourists to seek adventurous spots in Kenya. However, not many people know of the existence of the Buxton Tunnel. It is one of the most exhilarating tourist destinations in Kenya. If you are in pursuit of a thrilling adventure, the Buxton Tunnel should be top on your list. There are several individuals and teams that have managed to walk from one end of the tunnel to the next. Some have not surpassed the 100-meter mark. With police protection, tourists can navigate further in the tunnel. Experience the touch of Kenyan history as you overcome all odds in the tunnel navigation. It is not just the goosebumps that will develop on your skin, but also the immense satisfaction of successfully navigating a dark and long tunnel in one of the coldest regions in Kenya.

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