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The word “Ngong” is an Anglicization of a Maasai phrase “enkong’u emuny” meaning rhinoceros spring, and this name derives from a spring located near Ngong Town.The Ngong Hills, from the eastside slopes, overlook the Nairobi National Park and, off to the north, the city of Nairobi. The Ngong Hills, from the westside slopes, overlook the Great Rift Valley dropping over 1,000 m (3,281 ft) below, where Maasai villages have been developed. The peak of the Ngong Hills is at 2,460 m (8,071 ft) above sea level.During the years of British colonial  rule, the area around the Ngong Hills was a major settler farming region, and many traditional colonial houses are still seen in the area. In the 1985 film Out of Africa, the four peaks of the Ngong Hills appear in the background of several scenes near Karen Blixen’s house. Local residents still reported seeing lions in the Hills during the 1990s. The solitary grave of Denys Finch Hatton, marked by an obelisk and garden, is located on the eastern slopes of the Ngong Hills, overlooking the Nairobi National Park.There is a walking trail along the tops of the Ngong Hills. Kenya Forestry Service has a small post at the NE foot of the park. There is a KSH 600 fee for visitors. Local residents have sometimes held Sunday church services on the southern peak, overlooking the Great Rift Valley .Kenya Forestry Service offers guides/security to accompany hikers for an extra fee (KES 2000).

2 Reviews for Ngong Hills

Ken Chege

121 Reviews

Best hiking spot in Nairobi

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3.8333333333333/ 5

This is one of the most popular hiking spots in Nairobi. It’s located in Ngong town, 30km from Nairobi City Centre. You can choose to trek from Ngong town police station or, if you have private means, drive to the wind turbines and start the hike from there. The entrance fee is KES600 per person. I would advise anyone coming here to carry a sweater. It gets cold as soon as you approach the turbines. The wind turbines are such a wonder. They are huge! It’s a great spot for picnics especially at noon because any earlier or later, it gets cold. For those who want to trek, there are 4 hills that you hike for about 5 hours. If you plan to do this, get there early enough. You can get a tour guide for KES2000 although it is not a necessity. Make sure you carry water and snacks. The view from either of the hills is spectacular making it a great spot for photoshoots too. 10/10 would recommend visiting Ngong Hills.

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christine Ngugi

45 Reviews

Small hike to a great picnic site

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4/ 5

Ngong Hills Forest Reserve gives the best and most convenient out of town daytrip getaway from the city due to its proximity to Nairobi and has been one of my most exciting experiences yet. It is located near Ngong Town with its hiking trail beginning at Ngong Town Police station amd ending at Kona Baridi. The whole trail takes about 4 to 5 hrs to complete however not being quite the fitness gurus my friends and I decided to just hike a few kilometers. The best picnic areas are normally after the first two hills so we braced ourselves for quite a walk across the hilly terrain. Entrance fee was Ksh 212 per person which I found quite affordable and worth the experience. After trekking about 2 km we got to the wind farm, it gets quite windy here but luckily it was sunny so it didn’t get thaaat cold for us. However I’d recommend one carries a scarf at least because it can get quite breezy and cold even if its sunny. Since we had started off early, we managed to take a break on the second hill first, took a rest and some snacks then went ahead for a few more miles. We set up on top of the fourth hill with a marvellous view of the ragged terrain and the Great Rift Valley on the right. The hike was quite steep and soooo tiring but definitely worth the view. The great thing about a hike on Ngong hills is that after the picnic one can engage in the various activities offered there including archery, ziplining and bike riding at a fee. Bike riding here is Ksh 500 for a 3hr ride. It is quite tiring riding due to the steepiness of the grounds here but was a much needed exercise. An experience here is definitely a 10/10 highly recommend for me.

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