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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

  1. March 12, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Saturday and Sunday some families like to use that as their ‘gym’..they access it from the south bt they dont go all the way..only till where the buffaloes graze :). It’s also a fun experience, sth you can do every week.. if you have dogs you can climb with them.

    • eGichomo
      April 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Nice. I totally agree with you. I’d a nice place for bonding with family and friends. Very serene.

  2. April 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Yani you can #TembeaKenya in #NgongKeren and not holla?! Ningewapikia chai na thabutha! Hope you had fun though 🙂

    • eGichomo
      April 13, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      Hahaha, keep that offer open. I had so much fun I’m sure I’ll be back soon 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    March 27, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Is it a must to have a KWS escort or people can just go by themselves?

    • April 3, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Hi, sorry for late reply. I’d advisable a KWS escort accompanies you. The path reaches an area with thick vegetation and KWS provide security, just in case some people with bad intentions hide here. The rangers also have more info on the area, which are interesting facts to listen to.

  4. April 7, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    that was just awesome,the place luks gud.i hv never bn thre but i just luv from its appearance from those cul photos.i wil make an effort en just visit the plce.

    • April 13, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      Make a point and visit Joseph, maybe after the rainy season.. Kenya is very beautiful and this is one of the places that wow you.. Safari Njema!

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