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“Closer to Heaven” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ngong Hills

Ngong Hills
Great Rift Valley | Mageso Chember, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
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Ranked #17 of 43 attractions in Nairobi
Type: Mountains, Trails, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
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Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Closer to Heaven”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Ngong is the name the Maasai gave the hills - it is named for the sound of God's fist hitting the hills and explains why it looks like it does - knuckles of an Almighty fist. It was a magnificent view - it seemed like a world stretching before us - rivers, lakes, plains and distance volcanoes. Then all of a sudden we were surrounded by a thick white mist and couldn't see even a foot ahead. Just as suddenly as it appeared, it cleared, leaving us in the thrall of the sun setting over the Rift Valley. Breathtaking. Yes, would do it again and again.

Visited May 2012
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“For the fit at Heart.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

This is a good hike for the fit at heart...the trek is trecherous towards the end especially when the hills look synced, hence the need for a fit heart to push on. Start that walk early as the sun can be too harsh at noon. Have an armed Kenya Wildlife Service guide hired as there at times can be wild animals on your path...Kona Baridi toeards the end is windy and at times cold hence having a warm attire in your back pack is advisable. doing a return hike is tricky so plan to be picked at the other side by a designated vehicle. there are barbecue resorts at the end such as oleopolos and a well deserved meal with friends after a hike works magic. we however opted to drive back to Karen and and had lunch at Red cube restaurant and bar where there is a variety to choose from..great culinary experience it was!!!!

Visited August 2012
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Beautiful scenery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

There is nothing like a walk in the hills and these, being so close to Nairobi, are just unmissable. Looking down into the plain is awesome and it is, of course, the burial site of Dennis Fitch Hatton of Out of Africa, played by Robert Redford. The only downside is that you must have a guide/guard as the "bandits" can be very active, ie it can be dangerous up there.

Visited March 2012
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

As with all the reviews, it is a great place to hike, no scree, and much on grass. Yes at the entrance , they say you need armed escort ($) from one of their "rangers".... if you are going to 4th Hill. ...just say NO. Whilst in the past some young Massai may have conducted a robbery or 2 on 4 th hill (the one with a bit of tree cover), me think this is excuse for them now to get a pair to "lol, guide"you. The biggest problem on weekends is number of people and school kids and church groups.If you happen to be alone, at the start of 4 th hill is where some buffalo roam, so caution advised, more so than robbers, It is great to be at 8400 feet and the vistas of Rift Valley are great...air is clean !!!

Visited October 2012
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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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