Top 10 Best Hiking Places in Nairobi and Charges

This blog posts lists down 10 of the best places to hike in and near Nairobi.

All of these spots have well maintained trails, have a captivating and picturesque environment and are easily accessible to hikers of various abilities.

In no particular order, these are the top ten best hiking places in Nairobi and their charges.

1. Ngong Hills

Hiking Places in Nairobi

The Ngong Hills are a range of hills located in southwestern Kenya, just outside of the capital city of Nairobi (35.8 kilometers).

The hills are popular among hikers and offer a variety of trails with varying levels of difficulty. The hike to the summit is considered to be challenging, with steep inclines and rocky terrain.

The highest peak in the range reaches an elevation of 2,460 meters above sea level. However, the views from the top are breathtaking, with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and the city of Nairobi in the distance.

The Ngong Hills are an ideal place to hike as an individual, a couple or a family.

On average, it takes 6 hours to hike Ngong Hills.

In order to hike at Ngong Hills, you must the entrance fee first. Thereafter, you will be required to pay an additional KES 200 for hiking.

For guided tours, hikers have to pay KES 1,500 till the peak of Ngong hills and KES 2,000 for a full guide (16 kilometers trail)

Below is a table showing the Entry Charges to Ngong Hills

CategoryCharges
Resident AdultsKES 480
Non-Resident AdultsKES 696
Resident ChildrenKES 160
Non-Resident ChildrenKES 160
Resident Children with School UniformKES 60
Non-Resident Children with School UniformKES 160

Other activities available at Ngong Hills include Bike riding, zip lining, and archery. The charges for these activities are between KES 500 – 1,000.

Ngong Hills Google Rating

4.5 stars

Ngong Hills Contacts

+(254) 722 32 53 26

2. Oloolua Nature Trail

Hiking places in Nairobi

Located in Oloolua Forest, Karen Road, Nairobi, the Oloolua Nature Trail is a serene and picturesque hike that winds through a lush and diverse forest. The trail is well-maintained, with a wide and clearly marked path that makes it easy to navigate.

The trail begins with a gentle incline, leading hikers through a dense canopy of tall trees. The sound of birds singing and the rustling of leaves underfoot provide a peaceful soundtrack to the hike.

As the trail continues to climb, hikers are treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. During the hike, hikers pass through a variety of different ecosystems, including a dense thicket of ferns and a meadow filled with wildflowers. The trail also passes by several unique rock formations and cliffs, providing opportunities for climbers and boulderers.

The Oloolua Nature Trail is perfect for nature enthusiasts and outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels. With its diverse scenery, peaceful atmosphere, and well-maintained trail, it offers an unparalleled hiking experience.

In order to access Oloolua Nature Trail, all you have to do is pay the entrance fee at Oloolua Forest Office.

Below is a table showing the entrance charges at Oloolua Forest

CategoryEntrance Fee/Entry Fee
Citizen AdultsKES 200
Citizen ChildrenKES 100
Resident AdultsKES 400
Resident ChildrenKES 200
Non-Resident AdultsKES 600
Non-Resident ChildrenKES 300

Oloolua Nature Trail Contacts

+(254) 716 25 67 71

3. Karura Forest

The Karura Forest is bordered by surburbs such as Muthaiga, Gigiri, Runda, and Ridgeways just to name a few. The forest consists of three parts that are separated by Limuru and Kiambu roads.

As of today Karura Forest is one of the best hiking destinations in Nairobi. Its proximity to the city and well maintained trails make it one of the most visited hiking spot. In total, the forest has a total of 5 hiking trails, they include:

  • Sykes’ Monkey Trail Loop – Easy to hike

The trail is 4.8 kilometers and its takes at least 1 hour and 17 minutes to complete it.

  • Sykes’ Monkey, Family, Olive Path and Lake Trail

The trail is 9 kilometers and it takes at least 2 hours and 23 minutes to complete it.

  • Sykes’ Monkey and Fike Bikeshare Trail

The trail is 11.3 kilometers and it takes at least 3 hours and 1 minute to complete it.

  • Sykes’ Monkey and Lake Trail Loop

The trail is 5 kilometers and it takes at least 1 hour and 22 minutes to complete it.

  • Olive Path, Sykes’ Monkey and Kfeet Track

The trail is 6.6 kilometers and it takes at least 1 hours and 45 minutes to complete it.

In general, all the hiking trails at Karura forest takes hikers through spectacular and diverse landscapes including native forests and swamps.

In order to hike at Karura Forest, all you have to do is pay the entrance fees at Karura Forest.

Below is a table showing the Entrance charges at Karura Forest

CategoryEntrance Fees
Resident AdultKES 200
Resident ChildKES 100
Non-Resident AdultKES 600
Non-Resident ChildKES 300
Citizen AdultKES 100
Citizen ChildKES 50

4. Nairobi Safari Walk

Hiking places in Nairobi

Located along Langa’ta road, inside The Nairobi National Park, the Nairobi Safari Walk is the perfect trail for hikers to hike while viewing animals such as crocodiles, lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras, rhinos and monitor lizards without interrupting them in their natural habitat.

Covering a distance of 2.5 kilometers, the walk passes through different habitats such as grasslands, forests, and wetlands, providing visitors with a sense of the diversity of the park’s ecosystems.

The walk typically begins with a briefing on the park’s history and the different species that can be found there, as well as a safety briefing on how to behave around the animals.

After the briefing, visitors will set out on the Safari Walk, led by a trained guide who will point out the different animals and tell stories about their behaviors and habitats. The walk typically lasts for about two hours.

In order to hike at Nairobi Safari Walk, all you have to do is pay the entrance fees at The Nairobi National Park.

Below is a table showing the Entrance charges at Nairobi Safari Walk

CategoryCharges
Citizen AdultsKES 215
Citizen ChildrenKES 125
Resident AdultsKES 215
Resident ChildrenKES 125
Non-Resident AdultsUSD 22
Non-Resident CitizensUSD 13

Nairobi Safari Walk Contacts

 020 2379407

5. Giraffe Centre Nature Trail

The Giraffe Centre Nature Trail is located in Giraffe centre, Duma Road, Lang’ata, 20 kilometers from Nairobi city. The trail is 1.5 kilometers long and it provides a unique and exciting way to experience the wildlife and natural beauty of Kenya.

The Giraffe Centre Nature Trail takes visitors through the centre’s lush, natural surroundings on foot, allowing them to get up close and personal with the giraffes and other wildlife such as warthogs, bushbuck, dik-dik, as well as a wide variety of birds.

There are no charges to hike The Giraffe Centre Nature Trail. Payments done at the Giraffe centre gate point cover for this activity.

To access Giraffe Centre Nature Trail, all you have to do is pay the entrance fee at Giraffe centre.

Below is a table showing the Entrance charges at Giraffe Centre Nature Trail

CategoryEntry Fees
Resident AdultKES 400
Non-Resident AdultKES 1,500
Resident ChildKES 200
Non-Resident ChildKES 750

Giraffe Centre Contacts

020 8070804

6. Nairobi Arboretum

Hiking Places in Nairobi

Nairobi Arboretum is located along State House Road, Kilimani area, 3 kilometers from the city. It is one of the few green spaces in Nairobi city.

While hiking might not be the primary activity at the arboretum, it does offer several walking trails that visitors can explore. The trails at this spot are covered in dirt and bricks

The Nairobi Arboretum also has a 2.5 kilometers loop that is run in conjuction with the Kenya Forest Service.

To access the dirt and brick trails as well the 2.5 kilometers loop, all you have to do is pay entrance fees at the Nairobi Arboretum offices.

Below is a table showing the Entrance charges at Nairobi Arboretum

CategoryCharges
Entrance Fee for AdultsKES 65
Entrance Fee for ChildrenKES 27

7. William Hill

Hiking Places in Nairobi

Standing at approximately 2,300 meters tall, the William Hill is one of the best places to hike in Nairobi because its peak offers a great view of the Great Rift Valley, Mount Suswa and Mount Margaret.

The hill lies along the Kijabe-Upland Forest.

When hiking, the starting point is the Italian Catholic Church along Mai-Mahiu, Naivasha/Narok Highway.

The ending point is Ndiuni near public work station along Mai Mahiu-Nairobi Highway.

The average time take to hike this hill is 6 hours.

8. KEFRI Forest Walk

Covering a distance of 18 kilometers, KEFRI Forest Walk is a forest trek that takes a total of 5 hours to complete.

The KEFRI Forest Walk is one of the easiest hiking trails in Nairobi because the terrain passes through forests and maize farms only.

The KEFRI Forest Walk is located at KEFRI Headquarters (Karuri Nairobi-Nakuru Highway). For more information and enquiries, contact the phone number below.

KEFRI Forest Walk Contacts

 +(254) 722 157 414

9. Brackenhurst Tea Walk

Hiking Places in Nairobi

Brackenhurst is a renowned environmental and conference center located along Limuru-Banana Road, in Limuru Town.

It is nestled in a beautiful natural setting and is known for its tea plantations. Brackenhurst offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy tea walks through their tea estate.

During a tea walk at Brackenhurst, you can explore the lush tea gardens, learn about the tea cultivation process, and witness the various stages of tea production.

Knowledgeable guides often accompany visitors, providing information about the history, techniques, and cultural significance of tea in the region.

Brackenhurst Tea Walk Contacts

+(254) 724 25 67 21

10. Tigoni Horse Trail

Hiking Places in Nairobi

The Tigoni Horse Trail is located in Maramba Tea Estate, Tigoni. It is one of the most romantic places to enjoy a hike.

Unlike other hiking places, The Tigoni Horse Trail offers its hiking services to horse riders only. In case you like to ride horses, this should be your top destination.

Hiking Places in Nairobi

Imagine riding a horse for kilometers while viewing lush tea plantations. Marvelous right?

So, pack your bags and hiking and lets go ride some horses!

Tigoni Horse Trail is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Tigoni Horse Trail Contacts

+(254) 733 33 33 31

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