Tropic Air History

Nanyuki Airfield

Nanyuki Airfield – a vibrant hub, located the heart of Kenya on the western foot hills of Mount Kenya, at 6,550 feet, just 8km south of the equator.


Tropic Air’s Operations team handle enquires, bookings, quotations, flight planning and flight logistics.


From our modern hanger, under the expertise of a trained and experienced team, Tropic Air carries out all of its own scheduled maintenance. 


Located at Nanyuki Airfield, Barney’s is a garden restaurant, with excellent home-style cooking.


Tropic Air History – Nanyuki Airfield

Tropic Air is a privately owned aviation business set up in the early 1990s by Jamie Roberts. Established at the time that northern Kenya was developing its tourism, today Tropic Air is one of Kenya’s most recognised leading air charter and helicopter companyies, operating throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Nanyuki Airfield has also become a key destination for Air Kenya, Safari Link and SAX, who operate daily schedule services linking with Nairobi, Lewa, Laikipia, Samburu, Meru and the Maasai Mara.

Jamie Roberts - Founder of Tropic Air Kenya


Originally situated along the Nanyuki – Rumuruti Road, the simple grass airfield mainly served privately owned aircraft.   This site was later allocated to military and official business only – and named the Laikipia Air Base.


Nanyuki Civil Airfield moved to a new location along the Nanyuki – Naro-Moru Road.  Consisting only of a tarmac airfield and a small care takers hut, it continued to mainly serve single engine aircraft, privately owned.  At the time Mount Kenya Safari Club  was in its heyday – attracting the wealthy and famous – and the first charter flights started venturing into Nanyuki Airfield.

From Nanyuki Airfield, Tropic Air operates air charters and flying (helicopter and fixed wing) safaris throughout Kenya and East Africa. To accommodate the many thousands of passengers that pass through the airfield each year, Tropic Air has built Barney’s Bar & Restaurant, a craft / gift shop and toilet facilities.