NGONG HILLS

‘the hills of adventure’

Every second I remember this place I shiver with excitement. It was the most thrilling and blood rushing place I have visited so far. It is not the people, it is not the animals but it is all about the scenery; the feeling of being one with nature, the adventure and the many obstacles that come with interacting with nature. The view is just to die for! Did you know that if you stand on the peak of Ngong hills you can see the whole of Ngong town, Kiserian, Kibera (the largest slum in Kenya), panoramic site of the famous Great Rift valley and some of Nairobi city? Don’t believe me? Well see for yourself!

Well what can I say? More like where should I begin? Do I start with the hills or the flora and fauna? Or should I talk about the windmills? The panoramic site of the great Rift valley? The grounds for hire? The restaurant on top of the hill? I am very confused! I think I will talk about the windmills fast. Ngong hills happens to be the home of a windmill farm which provides all of Ngong town and most of Kiserian town with electricity. This is one of the oldest and most sustainable way of electrical power production.

I used a matatu from town and alighted at Ngong town where I got a motorbike. Anyway, I arrived at the pay point where I decided to hire a guide since on that day I was a lone wolf and I had heard that it was unsafe to go by yourself. Only at a fee of 1500KES one can get a guide who will explain about the hills and also keep you safe. At the bottom of the text is my armed guard known as ‘Momanyi’- very good guide by the way.

Walking and hiking at the first two hills was almost too easy and somewhat cool because of the many rotating turbines, even though the sun was shining. With my one bottle of water in my hand continued walking slowly. Here we encountered human settlements and many animals enjoying the luxury of green grass.

At Ngong hills the law of nature- the higher you go the cooler it becomes is defied or maybe it was just me because I was busy dying of sweat and heat! But for sure the third hill began getting a bit difficult for my first-time hike. Atop here is the Kompass restaurant that has many activities; including zip lining, mountain biking and archery. Each of these activities at the restaurant at a fee of 1000KES.

As you keep hiking up to the fourth and fifth hill the difficulty shifts from moderate to very difficult. These two hills were very challenging for me. They are extremely steep and even if you are a seasoned hiker you will definitely break a sweat. As you can see from the image this two hills are quite steep, they cannot be compared to the first three.

As for the sixth hill I began getting into forested area and this is one of the reasons an armed guide is required to go to Ngong hills. Well I am panting as I right this! Let me sip my water as I continue. Okay so the forested hills difficulty(hard), here plants constantly brush you as if to say hello. (compare the difference in steepness between the fourth and the fifth hill)

When I thought the difficult part was almost over the seventh and last hill came into view. My jaw dropped in shock as I asked myself if I could manage this. This was very, extra steep with a very forested area. I was able to push myself and went all the way to the peak where the wonderful view I have been talking about massaged my eyes. Oh! I almost forgot to say this, seventh hill difficulty (extremely hard).

Believe me descending the Ngong hills is more difficult than going up the hills because at this point I was already tired and hungry. Finally, after three and a half hours I had hiked all the way to the peak and back to the foot of the hill. The only thing that I wanted to do was have water and sit down which I was glad to do immediately I got home. This place will leave you thinking, ‘who sent me?’

Ngong hills has many high points that have been used to install communication masts of several telephone networks. It is not only easy to see them from the foot of the hill but also from the summit. It also has 30 wind energy generation power sites. This is one of the major attractions that Ngong hills over to visitors. It is said that these turbines generate power to the whole of Ngong town and Kiserian town.

It is a major tourism attraction site due to its vantage point and it is mostly associated with scenic beauty. When one stands at the peak it is easy to see Nairobi town, Ngong town, The Great Rift valley and Kiserian town. It also has high altitude (seven hills) for sports training and hiking areas many are times that you will encounter famous marathoners and athletes training at Ngong hills.

It has beautiful grounds for hire that can be used as picnic sites and for religious retreats or weddings.

Are you a person who loves adventure? Do you enjoy pushing your body to the limit? Well the seven hills that make up Ngong hills is just the place for you. This place will push you to the breaking point, it will make you want to quit and turn back home; that is if you manage to climb all the way to the end. It is the best place for team building and if you also like running this place will definitely make you question your fitness. Bring your family, bring your friends Ngong hills is the place to be! I recommend Ngong hills to any traveller who happens to stop by Kenya. You have not seen Kenya yet if you have not been to these hills.

Barbara Michoma,

The Traveling Mindset.

Published by Barbara Michoma

I am a tour operator in Kenya. I have a degree in Tourism Management and I have my own company known as The Traveling mindset Limited which is centered on giving people a chance to experience the world in a sustainable way. I am extremely passionate about climate change, human rights, sustainable tourism, accessible tourism and meeting new people and giving them unforgettable experiences. For fun I play hockey and read all kinds of books. I have two dogs and I love animals very much. My all time hobby though, is writing and sharing my thoughts with the world.

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