Ngong Hills Hike
The Ngong Hills are peaks in a ridge along The Great Rift Valley. The word Ngong is a maasai word meaning ‘knuckles’ derived from the 4 highest peaks of the hills. Read more here
On Sunday morning, March 11th 2012, my friends and I headed out to Ngong to hike the hills.
Access and Route: It’s easier to access the hills from the North. Get to Ngong town and turn right to the police station. Use the steep dirt road past the police station and the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) station is approximately 2km away. That’s the point you make payment and security escort is provided. [Insist of police escort since there parts of the trail that have had a history of poachers attach.]
The peak of the Ngong Hills is at 2460 meters (8070 feet) above sea level.
There’s another access point from the south 20km from the Langata Road turn-off, the Nairobi to Magadi tarmac road at the end of the south ridge. This provides a more remote and pleasant way up to the main summit Lamwia (2460m), 2h. However, we used this as our Exit and had organised transport to get us back to Ngong Town. Cars should not be left at the south end without an askari as they are likely to be vandalised.
Preparations: Wear Comfortable shoes as well as comfortable cotton clothes. A cap, sunglasses and sun screen will also come in handy to shield you from the scorching sun.
Charges to be noted are: Ksh.200 for entrance to the trail, payable at the KWS check point. 2 armed KWS police escort cost us Ksh.3,000. Hiring transport back to Ngong Town was an extra Ksh.2,500.
A group of around 10 people comfortably share the costs and also encourage each other while doing the hike (Team Spirit
Below are some of the pics, more here