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Mazeras is a township in Coast Province, Kenya, approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north-west of Mombasa.


Mazeras is known for its sandstone, part of the Duruma series – an extremity of the topology forming the Shimba Hills National Reserve.[1] Known in Swahili as Maji-Ya Chumvi (literally "saltwater" – due to the settlement's proximity to the Indian Ocean),[2] the sandstone is from the Late Triassic period[1] and its heat resisting properties mean it is suitable for a wide range of building purposes.[2]


Mazeras is on the Uganda Railway's main line between Mombasa and Nairobi. South of the settlement is the Mazeras Spiral, one of the original four railway spirals built on the railway to navigate steep inclines. The spiral is approximately 350 metres (1,150 ft) in diameter.

Preceding station   Uganda Railway   Following station
Miritini   Mazeras
Main line


  1. ^ a b Springer, Zvonko (1999). "Shimba Hills National Reserve: About the Conservation Area". School of Computer Sciences. University of Salzburg. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Mazeras - African Sandstones". fredelund. Archived from the original on 14 March 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2010.

Coordinates: 3°58′S 39°33′E / 3.967°S 39.550°E / -3.967; 39.550