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Ngong Hills Walking Hiking Climbing Running Day Tour: Enjoy wonderful views of the city of Nairobi and the Great Rift Valley while hiking the Ngong hills on our Nairobi day Tour.
The hike or climb starting point is at the Ngong Police Station and the ending point is Kona Baridi. The walking duration takes about 4 to 5 hours. The terrain initially is a dirt road till the radio masts then trail over the rolling hills for the rest of the way.
The hike is moderate difficulty and can get very windy. The Ngong hills’ proximity to Nairobi, about 22 km southwest of the city, makes it a very popular weekend destination for visitors from all over the country. Some come for walks while others picnic or worship on the hills. Professional and amateur runners will also be found in the morning jogging up and down the steep slopes.
The whole mountain range is a gazetted forest reserve covering an area of over 21,000 square kilometers, with the highest peak on the knuckle-shaped Ngong hills at 2460 meters above sea level.
Ngong hills walking hiking climbing running day tour starts from Ngong town at the northern foot of the hills 1961 meters above sea level and traverses the whole range to the southern end at Kona Baridi. This takes about 4 to 5 hours to complete, depending on fitness levels.
The first 2 km from Ngong Police Station are a gradual ascent through human settlements until you get to a Kenya Forest Service (KFS) barrier indicating the start of the Ngong Hills forest reserve. From here on, you go past a wind farm, before climbing the first steep hill leading to an area populated with radio repeater station masts.
The trail thins out and descents into a trough before you climb the next steep hill. Just when you think the worst is over, the rolling hills seem to keep popping up, with each taking its toll on you. Thankfully, the views all around are magnificent, making the effort worthwhile.
On a lucky day, you are likely to encounter buffaloes around the fourth hill, on account of the abundant bushes at these higher altitudes on the range. To your right is a fantastic view of the Great Rift Valley, while on the far left is a view of the city of Nairobi.
Ngong Hills Walking Hiking Climbing Running Day Tour Itinerary
0800 Hours: Pick up from your hotel/ residence and depart by road to the Ngong Hills.
0900 Hours: Arrive at Ngong town Police station and start the hike. The hike could start at the entrance gate (6 hours walk) or you could start to be driven to the last wind turbines in Ngong hills to start the hike from there (4 hours walk).
1300 Hours: Arrive at Kona Baridi for photos/ rest. Depart for Nairobi with lunch at a restaurant in Karen town or a place of your choice. (Lunch is optional and at an extra cost).
1400 Hours: Depart for Nairobi.
1500 Hours: Arrive in Nairobi and drop off at your hotel/ residence.
Ngong Hills Walking Hiking Climbing Running Day Tour Prices
Ngong Hills Walking Hiking Climbing Running Day Tour Rates Includes:
Bottle water + Park Entrance Fees + Round trip transportation from Nairobi to Ngong Hills & Armed escort from the Kenya Wildlife Service Ranger
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* Please bring along; Drinking water, picnic items, binoculars, a camera, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and guidebooks
* This tour departs daily from Nairobi Hotels or from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or from any point within Nairobi
Ngong Hills Walking Hiking Climbing Running Day Tour Rates Do Not Include:
* Travelers Insurance
* Communication charges
* Tips or gratuity to your guide
* Minimum of 1 person required
* Sightseeing not included in the package
* Visas, international airfares, and airport taxes; meals
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)
Frequest Asked Questions
1. Are there wild animals in Ngong Hills?
The short answer is yes! Some animals roam around freely depending on drought and forage availability. The animals include, are buffaloes, wild pigs, porcupines, and Dik Dik.
2. Are Dogs allowed in Ngong Hills?
Yes, dogs are allowed but should be on the leach. Generally, Pets are allowed.
3. How long does it take to finish the 7 Hills?
According to your fitness anything between 3 to 5 hours.
4. How high are the Ngong Hills?
The highest point is 2460 Meters and 8,071 Ft above sea level.
5. Is Ngong Hills Volcanic?
It is an extinct Volcano, part of the Great Rift valley. It was formed from basalt lava between six and a half million years ago.
6. What is the Ngong Hills Hike Distance?
The distance is around 12 Kilometers from the KFS barrier to Corner Baridi.
7. How Many Hills are there at Ngong Hills?
They are 7 Hills that make up Ngong Hills Forest Reserve.