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“Safety tip when hiking Ngong Hills” 4 of 5 stars
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Ngong Hills
Great Rift Valley | Mageso Chember, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
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Ranked #22 of 89 things to do in Nairobi
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“Safety tip when hiking Ngong Hills”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Ngong Hills is a very historical site in Kenya, situated about 2 hours on road from Nairobi city. This place was put on the map by Karen Blixen’s bestseller book “Out of Africa”, which later became a renowned movie. Having watched the movie and read the book, I was really looking forward to hiking these famous hills.

This is not a free hike. There is an entrance fee of around US$ 8 dollars at the gate of this National Park. There are also armed rangers, who will charge tourists around US$ 50 dollars (a huge amount in Kenyan currency!) to accompany them on the hike and protect them from possible thieves. These rangers can be very pushy and intimidating, trying to persuade tourists to hire their services (at least this was our experience with them).

For those not wishing to hire the services of rangers or hiking guides, it’s highly recommended to go on big groups, mixed with male and females. This is to avoid bad experiences, such as being mugged by thieves hiding in the bush, as this has happened to some of our friends in the past.

I highly enjoyed hiking Ngong Hills. The views from the seven hills are amazing!

To see photos of the Ngong Hills visit my trip blog: www.trottingallaround.blogspot.com

Visited September 2012
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“Wonderful views, but watch out for the fees”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

We did a lot of research on hiking the Ngong Hills before we went and what we read online appeared to be very untrue, after we hiked the Hills for ourselves. If you are not a citizen or resident of Kenya this can be a very expensive ordeal. When we arrived in Ngong, we located the Kenya Wildlife Service, expecting that this was where we would find a guard to accompany us. Instead, they directed us to the building next door which was we think a Kenya military building. It was full of Kenyan military soldiers. We were told by the commander that we (2 of us) had to be escorted by 2 Kenyan military soldiers that cost 1,500 ksh a piece to escort us. We reluctantly paid with some argument, considering that there were only two of us and two soldiers was very unnecessary. Our total bill so far was 3,000 ksh. We then left with the soldiers heading up to the start of the actual hike, where we again had to pay a fee, this time to the Kenyan Wildlife service. For a foreigner it costs 800 ksh per person. Our total bill ended up being 4,600 shilling for two of us to climb Ngong Hills. It was gorgeous, but the soldiers were definitely not needed. We also saw that every other group only had 1 soldier, so we did indeed pay more than we needed to. We went on a Saturday and there were many groups of students, and other events that were happening along the hills. We felt very safe. If you do not take a guard (I am not completely sure if you can go without one, but I would recommend trying) and are concerned about safety, I would recommend staying on the first 3 hills, because they are very open and for us felt extremely safe.

Visited August 2012
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“An all round view of Nairobi and the Rift valley”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Takes roughly 30 to 45 minutes drive to Ngong hills from Nairobi CBD.Take a guided hike or a group hike.One can use some local Maasai to guide you through the hills though this is done at ones risk.Local tour companies can give detailed info.A place to go and have nice picnics, do hill climbing, team building activities, take breath taking photos, watch the sun set or just take a quiet day away.Just pack enough water and rations and make sure you have comfortable shoes.

Visited October 2012
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“What an Amazing Scene and View...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Recently took a trip to Ngong Hills. First you need to go to Kenya Forestry Services and pay for 2 guides which costs 3000ksh. And then you should drive to the gate. Do not recommend you to start walking cause you will not have any energy left for the real thing! At the gate you need to pay entrance fee which changes depending on your status. If you are resident you pay only 200ksh. Then we started walking thought this is it! Until we came to the tower on top where the guides told us it is a starting point! From there afterwords it gets really steep and challenging! There are total of 7 hills. One is harder than other! On your right you have beautiful forestry and right you can see up to Rift Valley through Lake Naivasha if the weather allowed. I was only able to walked through first two hills. If you want to go walk though at least 3-4 hills you should definitely start at the top. Second hill that we took was very steep and going down was very challenging. When we return we were able to take side way among the big bushes and trees. The guides are armed and dont let you be far from them which is understandable. We have been told there are wild cats, buffalos, monkeys in the forest but we were not lucky enough....Every few minutes you look around

Visited September 2012
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“Love the view - and a good work out too!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

I love coming here, the views are spectacular, and it is always a good workout as there are lots of hills you have to walk up and down. On a sunday there are often a lot of Christian groups praying up here, so I tend to avoid walking my dog then, but for the rest of the week it is a pretty great place to come to clear my head.

Visited August 2012
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