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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
Country Kenya
County Kirinyaga
Founded 1920
 • Governor Governor Ndathi
 • Total 37 km2 (14 sq mi)
Elevation 2,161 m (5,450 ft)
Population (2014)
 • Total 13,000
 • Density 512/km2 (1,330/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Area code(s) 060

Sagana is a small 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.

Notable Businesses[edit]

  • Sagana Country Lodge
  • Highcrest Preparatory School
  • Savage Wilderness Camp - Whitewater Rafting
  • Sagana Fisheries
  • Tanneries
  • YMCA
  • Suncity Resort
  • Bethany House


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.

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.


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

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