Kenya is home to spectacular hiking trails—from beautiful open moorland trails to steep rocky summits. Hikers in Kenya are spoilt for choice, with different routes available for all competency levels. This guide is for new hikers looking to try or discover new trails—and even veteran hikers revisiting their favorite spots. It highlights multiple hiking trails only a few hours away from the city.
Two major paths can be used for hiking: one is a 9km open road that simply winds up the mountain, while the other is a 6km footpath through the forest. The former is a dusty affair in the scorching sun.
Located conveniently between the notoriously steep Table Mountain and Rurimeria trails, the Seven Ponds hike combines the dramatic steepness of her two siblings. The 5.5km trail starts near Mikeu Center and ends at an elevation of 3,831m at the seven natural ponds in the northern Nyandarua moorland.
The Sleeping Warrior hiking trail begins at the Lake Elementaita Park gate, with an initial 8 km trek on a dusty path along the shores of Lake Elmentaita. The hills and the lake are surrounded by beautiful marshland vegetation, home to buffalo and over 400 species of birds. Trail options: 10km, 12km, 19km
The Rurimeria Moorland challenge combines a beautiful moorland with a dramatic experience, taking you past three false summits before getting to the actual summit — at 3,860m ASL.
Stashed away in the outskirts of Naivasha, the sudden transition from the scorching Naivasha sun to the serene ambiance of the Eburru forest hike takes you aback at first. The magic follows you throughout the trek–up and down, up and down through the thick forest vegetation. It’s in the hundreds-year-old trees, the singing of the birds, the Ogiek beehives, the smell of blossoming flowers, and yes, the stinging nettles–especially the stinging nettles!
Gate to Gate and Back! This March we push our limits as we challenge ourselves on a seemingly-moderate, yet worthy challenge. 14 hills, 24km Ngong to Kona Baridi and back. Self-drive 900/=, Shared Transport 1,999/=.
Mt. Suswa is an underrated gem on the Rift Valley floor. The double-crater shield-volcano promises an unmatched hiking experience and over-delivers on breathtaking views. This Labor Day we dive into the enchantment of the Mt Suswa hike.
If you want to experience Mt. Kenya on a tight budget, the Naromoru route is your perfect choice. The trail is short, making it possible to trek all the way to the Mackinders camp (4,300m ASL) on a day trip, where you enjoy glorious views of the peaks. Our 10km Mackinders Hike trail starts at the Met Camp (3,048m ASL), cutting through the marshy vertical bog in the lower moorland zone, past the upper moorland zone, dotted with lobelias and other beautiful montane vegetation, to get to the magnificent Teleki Valley.
Rising to an elevation of 3,906m (12,815ft) above sea level, Mt. Kinangop is tough and awe-inspiring at the same time. It is the second-highest peak of the Aberdares and delivers a challenging but immensely rewarding hike. This duality has earned it the moniker “Mother Kinangop”.