Sleeping Warrior and Ugali Hills Hike along the shores of Lake Elementaita
Hiking Sleeping Warrior Ugali Hills Lake Elementaita Day Trip offers a fun hiking trail around Lake Elementaita (near Nakuru), and within the Soysambu Conservancy, approximately 140 Km from Nairobi. This hike is perfect for new hikers, for families, and for those looking for a quick, fun hike to do. The group of hills is known and named by their resemblance. Ugali Hill resembles the traditional Kenyan maize flour meal, Ugali, while the Sleeping Warrior resembles a man lying down on his back.
Starting Point: Lake Elementaita main gate and the Ending point: On Nairobi – Nakuru highway. Difficulty: Moderate to Hard. The Sleeping Warrior hike & Ugali Hills hike accommodates hikers of all levels and can be comfortably completed on a day’s hike.
Short Hike (2-3 hours): approximately 10 km Hike from the park gate to the Sleeping Warrior hill, ascend, and trek to the finishing point. Most beginners and kids choose this option. Medium Hike (4-5 hours): approximately 12 km Hike from the park gate to the Sleeping Warrior hill, proceed to Ugali Hill, ascend, and then take the steep slope to the finishing point. Long Hike (6-7 hours): approximately 19 km Hike from the park gate to Sleeping Warrior hill, proceed to Ugali Hill and then go around the horse-shoe crater to get back to the finishing point. The walk gives the trekkers an opportunity to view wildlife, birds, and a scenic view of lake Elementaita and beautiful landscapes.
Hiking Sleeping Warrior Ugali Hills Lake Elementaita Day Trip is a full-day excursion around Lake Elementaita – a treasured paradise at the heart of the Great Rift Valley. Lake Elementaita is a saltwater lake surrounded by beautiful acacia trees and great wonderful breathtaking scenery.
It is a great place for bird watching, more than 400 species of bird species including flamingos, pelican’s kingfishers, marabou storks, and crested grebes can be seen here. The hills surrounding the lake offer great trails for hiking. The two most frequented hills are the sleeping warrior and the “horseshoe” crater which takes between 5-6 hours.
You could choose to hike along the lakeshore to the hot springs (for the short hike) and the “horseshoe” crater for the long hike. The starting point of our hike is at Lake Elementaita’s main gate. The shorter hike takes 2 to 3 hours and this takes us to the lake and back to the gate.
The longer hike takes 5 to 6 hours and takes us to the lake before embarking on the tough hills of the crater. The long trail is rocky and requires good hiking shoes with good grip. Choose this option only if you are fit. Both trails will take us through the Lord Cole monument, where Lord Cole was buried in 1929 aged 49 years.
The monument site offers a fantastic view of the lake.
Hiking Sleeping Warrior Ugali Hills Lake Elementaita Day Trip Itinerary
0600 Hours: Depart Nairobi and drive through the Great Rift valley to Elementaita located about 140 km from Nairobi. The Sleeping Warrior and Ugali Hills peaks are on a ridge along the Great Rift Valley at Lake Elementaita. Our day tour includes the following highlights: hiking, swimming, Lake Elementaita, hot springs, amazing scenery, birds, and wildlife among many other features.
0900 Hours: Upon arrival at the gate proceed for a guided trek along the shores of Lake Elementaita to the hot springs where we take a shower as the water is believed to have a healing effect on one’s skin.
From here we proceed towards the base of the Sleeping warrior before leading to a sharp ascent to the nose (peak) which provides a mesmerizing view of the lake and the caldera. The trail then descends towards the Eastern side for a short trek through rocky volcanic rocks before turning into a steep climb to the Ugali hill.
The top of the hill provides a panoramic view of the lake and the beautiful landscape of the rift valley.
1300 Hours: You will have a picnic lunch break then take the trail that descends towards a dirt road to the ending point. The walk gives the trekkers an opportunity to view wildlife, birds, and a scenic view of the lake Elementaita and beautiful landscapes. The hike takes about 6 – 8 hours.
1830 Hours: Arrive back in Nairobi.
Hiking Sleeping Warrior Ugali Hills Lake Elementaita Day Trip Prices
Hiking Sleeping Warrior Ugali Hills Lake Elementaita Day Trip Prices include:
Bottle water + Guided walk + Picnic packed Lunch + All park and conservancy fees + Round trip transportation from Nairobi to Elementaita and back to Nairobi + The trek gives an opportunity to view wildlife & magical views of Lake Elementaita & At the top of the hill provides a panoramic view of Lake Elementaita and beautiful landscape of the rift valley
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* Difficulty: Moderate
* Terrain: some hilly areas
* Walking Duration: 8 hours
* Height: 2300 meters above sea level
* What to bring: Identity Card or Passport, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera, hiking boots or a pair of outdoor sneakers, at least 3 litres of bottled water, Snacks – biscuits, cookies, nuts, crisps, and breathable top and synthetic trousers/ pants
Hiking Sleeping Warrior Ugali Hills Lake Elementaita Day Trip Prices Exclude:
* Tips & Gratuities
* Medical, travel & personal insurance cover
* Any other item not mentioned in the included items