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Nickname(s): "Thagana"
Sagana is located in Kenya
Location of Sagana
Coordinates: 00°39′S 37°12′E / 0.650°S 37.200°E / -0.650; 37.200Coordinates: 00°39′S 37°12′E / 0.650°S 37.200°E / -0.650; 37.200
 • GovernorGovernor Ann Waiguru
 • Total37 km2 (14 sq mi)
Elevation2,161 m (5,450 ft)
Population (2014)
 • Total13,000
 • Density512/km2 (1,330/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+3 (EAT)
Area code(s)060

Sagana is a small industrial town in Kirinyaga District, Central, Kenya. It is along the Nairobi-Nyeri highway, 100 kilometres north of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Its name comes from Kenya's second longest river, Sagana River which is also called Thagana. The town also inspired the rhumba song "Afro mtoto wa Sagana". The town and its surroundings has a growing hospitality industry along the riverline of the River Sagana with cottages, water sports and other tourist attractions being established.[citation needed]

Notable businesses[edit]

  • Sagana Country Lodge
  • Highcrest Preparatory School
  • Sagana Fisheries
  • Sagana Tanneries Limited
  • Havila Resort
  • Suncity Resort
  • Bethany House
  • Frapa Leisure Gardens & Hotel
  • Mutisky Motel and Lodge
  • Apollo tours


Sagana has 2 distinct rainy seasons and dry weather throughout the year. Average 30 year annual rainfall is 1,166 mm.

The warmest period is February through April with a distinct cool season between June and August, when rainfall is at a minimum. Even though there is little rain, the skies tend to be overcast much of the day during this period. A rainy period known as the “short rains” occurs between October and December. The “long rains” fall from March through May with a single-month peak of 500 mm or more in April.[citation needed]

Common Argynnis sagana butterfly common in this area


Daily average: 17 to 23°C Cool season average: 17 to 19°C Warm season average: 19 to 23°C Daily minimum: 14 to 19°C Daily maximum: 20 to 30°C


Sagana is situated at the edge of a large plain at the southern foot of Mt. Kenya. Soils were formed on volcanic rocks from Mt. Kenya — latest Pliocene to Pleistocene basalts, phonolites, and pyroclastics. In areas with free drainage conditions on moderate to steep slopes, lateritic and red to reddishbrown soils are present. Some areas with black cotton soils indicate that the soils have formed under restricted drainage conditions, which are the result of low rainfall and the presence of level to moderate slopes.[citation needed]


The town is known to have started in the early 19th Century.

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