Nanyuki Airfield

The Early Days

Tropic Air is a small, privately owned business, set up in the early 1990’s by Jamie Roberts.


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

Aircraft and Heli Maintenance

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.

Nanyuki Airfield – helicopter and air charter services

Shadowed by Mount Kenya, just a few kilometers south of the Equator, Nanyuki Airfield with its simple wooden buildings, extensive mowed lawns, and charming atmosphere has become one of Kenya’s most talked about airfields. Tropic Air set up its base here in the early 1990’s.  Today, Nanyuki Airfield is a vibrant air hub linking Samburu and other northern destinations, with Nairobi, the Maasai Mara, Samburu, Laikipia and Meru. From here, Tropic Air offers helicopter services and air charters throughout Kenya and beyond.

Nanyuki Airfield Offices

Things you should know

Air Kenya, Safari Link and SAX have daily scheduled flights into Nanyuki.

Aircraft fuel is available from Tropic Air, and aircraft maintenance services are also available.

Barney’s Restaurant is open from 7am to 7pm daily.

Info for pilots

Coordinates:  S00 03.68  E037 02.54, Heading: 03/21

Lat:  0.045000; Long: 37.030000.

Altitude:  6,200 feet

Lengh of runway: 1200 meters

Radio frequency of Air Traffic controller:  118.0 (124.3 Military)

Nanyuki Airfield is a Government owned airfield, serving private and commercial air operators.   With just one landing strip, the airfield handles mostly light single engine and some larger twin aircraft (Twin Otters and King Air).