Located in Machakos District, a town in Eastern Kenya, 64 kilometers southeast of Nairobi, Kituluni hill inspires myths because it defeats Isaac Newton’s famous Law of Gravity.
Kituluni has the dubious distinction of being one of the places in the world where water flows uphill unaided. Perhaps it has something to do with the mystical powers that the place supposedly holds.
It is said a long time ago, the native Kamba people used to make sacrifices to their ancestors on the hill to appease the ancestors and seek favors from them, such as bringing rain or casting out evil spirits.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that walking around the hill seven times, can turn a man into a woman or vice versa although nobody will attest to having met a man or a woman who had undergone a change in sex as result of Kituluni.
Kituluni Hill is 12 kilometers from Machakos town, a Nairobi satellite town due to its proximity to Nairobi. The mystery of gravity defying powers does not stop with water flowing uphill.
Numerous tourists and curios myth chasers have found that while driving uphill, cars accelerate beyond the usual acceleration of the car as if they were driving down hill, and that a car packed in free gear will actually roll uphill without any encouragement! Some theories have suggested that due to strong magnetic forces, a magnetic fiend in the one square kilometer around the hill where the strange phenomenon is experienced is responsible for overpowering the force of gravity.
To reach Kituluni from Machakos, you go through Mutituni and Kivutini. A tarmac road leads to the hill. A visitor narrates on his blog that it is a dangerous drive with tortuous twists and turns.
Halfway round the hill, regardless of the speed at which the car might be moving, it is always jerked forward and suddenly moves faster without any discernible change on the speedometer.