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Elephant Hill Conquest

Here’s your chance to go on a journey through The Ultimate Hiking Destination in the Elephant hill Hike. Located about 100km from Nairobi CBD, Elephant Hill is dubbed “the ultimate hiking destination” — and rightfully so. The “hill” presents the perfect challenge to the novice hiker looking to conquer a tougher terrain and acclimatize to a higher altitude.

The 9.5 km Elephant Hill hike trail starts at the Njabini Forest Station gate, at an elevation of 8,202ft (2,500m) above sea level, and ends at the summit, at an elevation of 12,000ft (3,658m) above sea level. The terrain is mostly wet and slippery within the bamboo forest, and rocky as you approach the summit.



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Elephant Hill Hike Distance & Stats

Distance: 19km

Maximum Elevation: 3,658m

Maximum Elevation Gain: 1,189m

Duration: 7-10 hours

Difficulty: Hard; you will need to be reasonably fit to get to the peak.

Beginner-friendly: No

Child-friendly: Fit hikers 12yo and above

2023 Dates: February 25, July 08, November 11

Elephant Hill Hike Itinerary

4:15 a.m Meet up at International House Parking, City Hall Way. Boarding opens.

4:30 a.m Departure for Njabini Forest Station.

07:00 a.m Arrival at Njabini Forest Station.

07:30 a.m Hike Starts

02:00 p.m Mandatory turn-back and descent in order to avoid encounters with wild animals after dusk

EST 06:00 p.m Departure for Nairobi


Itinerary Notes:

  • Please be punctual; latecomers will be left behind and forfeit the entire amount paid up.
  • Pickups should be requested by 10 a.m on the eve of the event. Pickup stops will be no longer than 5 minutes. Only pickup is guaranteed; drivers use the best route based on traffic conditions on the return commute.
  • There will be no shopping stops during the commute. Please stock your supplies by the eve of the event.
  • Please adhere to the set turn-back time (where applicable). Punctual departure for Nairobi means everyone gets back to Nairobi in good time. 


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Elephant Hill Hike Charges

Kenyan & E.A Citizens: 3,500/=

Citizen/Resident Self-drive: 2,800/=

Kenyan Residents: 3,850/=

Non-Residents: 11,100/=

How to book the Elephant Hill Hike

Pay at least 2,250/= to Mpesa buy goods till 989985 and clear the balance before boarding.


Booking Notes:

  • Reservation will be made on a first-pay-first-reserved basis.
  • Your ticket gives you 5% off purchases from Outdoorer Shop until the end of the quarter. Proof of booking confirmation may be required.

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From your ticket payment, Outdoorer guarantees:

  • 10:1 hiker to community guide ratio -- because getting lost is never funny.
  • Additional guidance and support from Outdoorer staff team (at least 4 per event). 
  • At least one skilled paramedic (up to 4 depending on the group size).
  • Other ticket-includes as detailed below.



- Transport from Nairobi and back

- Park fees & charges

- Armed ranger fees

- Guide services

- Paramedic services

- A liter of water (bring your reusable water bottle), glucose, and 4 fruits


Earn it, get it. Click to buy your Elephant Hill Unlocked Souvenir Badge.




  • Engage in active cardio exercises such as aerobics, walking, running, cycling, and swimming among others the week prior to the event.
  • Set aside the day before the hike for resting -- take a break from exercises.
  • Increase your hydration by at least two days to the hike.
  • Purpose to get enough rest the night before the hike. 
  • Increase your carbohydrate intake two days before the hike. This helps boost your energy reserves. If on intermittent fasting or on a diet, take a break in the period one day before and after the hike.
  • Cut your toe nails, please, cut your toe nails!
  • Have a generous breakfast before stepping out of the house -- or at least 3 hours before the start of the event. This ensures that most of the food has been digested by the time you begin the hike, giving you the much-needed energy while ensuring your stomach is not too full for comfort.
  • Use the bathroom before leaving the house. This avoids unnecessary bathroom breaks on the commute and during the hike.
  • Set your mind up for conquering yourself. Hiking is 90% mindset, 10% physical preparation. Once you win the battle in your mind, everything else contributes less than 10%. You can do it!


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– Valid identification document
– Comfortable, well-treaded waterproof hiking boots or shoes.
– Comfortable warm hiking clothes: quick-dry pants, quick-dry t-shirt, fleece jacket, and a baseball cap or sun hat. Jeans and cotton materials are highly not recommended.
– Snacks e.g lunchbar, crisps, nuts, fruits
– Enough water (at least 2L)
Rain poncho, rain jacket and rain pants

*** Note: Plastics are prohibited. Please carry your supplies and water in reusable containers.


Click here for a quick gear guide



- Balaclava 
- Marvin hat or baseball cap
- Sunscreen
- Hiking pole




– Where cancellation is requested more than 48 hours before the event date, a 50% refund of the booking confirmation deposit will be issued. The excess paid above the booking confirmation deposit will be refunded in full.

– Where cancellation is requested 48 hours or less before the event date, no refund will be issued on the booking confirmation deposit. The excess paid above the booking confirmation deposit will be refunded in full.

– Latecomers and no-shows forfeit the entire amount paid up.


Book Event

Available Tickets: 50

Ksh 3,500 per Kenyan or East African citizen.

The Citizen ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Available Tickets: 10

Ksh 11,100 per foreign national without a certificate of residency.

The Non-Resident ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Citizen Self-Drive
Available Tickets: Unlimited

Ksh 2,800 per East African citizen or Kenyan resident on private transport.

The Citizen Self-Drive ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.
Kenyan Resident
Available Tickets: 18

Ksh 3,850 per Kenyan resident. Proof of residency may be required.

The Kenyan Resident ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.


25 Feb 2023


*End time is an estimate.
4:30 am - 9:30 pm


KES 3,500.00


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