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Just before Nanyuki, approaching from the south, the road crosses the Equator and arrival in the northern hemisphere is marked by a large sign and scattering of curio shops. Founded in 1907, Nanyuki still has something of a frontier feel. This is enhanced by shops like Settler's Stores which have been in operation since the 1930’s. Today there is still a British army base here, and Kenyan Air Force base. There are also banks, a post office and well stocked shops, but Nanyuki's biggest claim to fame is the Mount Kenya Safari Club. The club once boasted a member list that included Winston Churchill, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. Now a hotel, it is on the British Airways list of the world's top hotels.