Hiking in Kenya – Detailed Guide

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  07 October 2020       Salma Amin       5 min read

Kenya has numerous hiking trails that are suitable for different levels of fitness. There are also many hiking trails which the entire family can participate in, which includes the Karura Forest hiking trails. Wander through the beautiful country and explore the off-beaten-track while hiking!

Best Places for Hiking in Kenya

Here are some of the best places for hiking in Kenya:

Ngong Hills

Ngong Hills are located in the outskirts of Nairobi and are a great place to go hiking if you’re a beginner. You’ll get to make your way through a village, a wind farm, and a radio station. It takes about 5 hours to complete the entire trail and you get to witness scenic views along the way!

Ngong Hills

Ngong Hills, Image Source: KenyaGeographic.Com

Karura Forest

Karura Forest is home to many hiking trails that are great for a family hike. The trails take you through marshland, as you gaze in awe at the beauty of nature surrounding you. 

You’ll find caves and a stunning waterfall on your way. It’s a great hike that lets you indulge in the peace and beauty of nature. 

Karura Forest

Karura Forest, Image Source: Wikipedia.Org

Mount Longonot

Mount Longonot is only an hour’s ride away from Nairobi. It’s a dormant volcano that makes for a great hiking trip! It takes you about 6 hours to go up, walk around the crater rim, and get back down.

Mount Longonot

Mount Longonot, Image Source: TerminalToursKenya.Com

Menengai Crater

The Menengai Crater is the largest caldera in Kenya. Its highest point, called the Viewpoint, gives you a stunning view of the glistening Lake Nakuru, surrounded by thousands of flamingoes. The entire journey should take about 6 hours! 

Menengai Crater

Menengai Crater, Image Source: Wikipedia.Org

Mt. Elgon

Head over to the Rongai Gate of Mount Elgon National Park to embark your hiking trail on Mt. Elgon. The Mountain is home to a caldera, hot springs, caves and interesting viewpoints! You might even get to spot genet cats on your way.

Mt. Elgon

Mt Elgon, Image Source: MaasaiMaraKenyaPark.Com

Kakamega Forest Reserve

The Kakamega Forest Reserve gives you the opportunity to go on remarkable treks. There are any hiking trails to choose from and each provides the chance to see stunning wildlife, diverse plants, and exotic birdlife. 

You can also hire guides to get a better view of the forest. Moreover, there are many accommodation options in the forest, allowing you to spend a day or two here.

Kakamega Forest Reserve

Kakamega Forest Reserve, Image Source: NaturalToursAndSafaris.Com

Best Time to Go Hiking in Kenya

July to October marks the best months to go on a hike in Kenya. These months are free of rains and you can easily spot wildlife on your trails. 

From March to April, you can witness long rain spells and from October to December, you can witness short rain spells. These make the terrain slippery, making it unsuitable for hiking. 

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Kenya and have a great time hiking through its beautiful trails! Don’t forget to check out All you Need to Know About Flying in East Africa to make sure you can get around easily.



 

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