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“Green "Knuckles" With A View”
Review of Ngong Hills

Ngong Hills
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“Green "Knuckles" With A View”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

Fighting traffic on Ngong Road to the village of Ngong was a bit discouraging to start, but a good driver and perseverance got us to the top where the view was worth the hassles. Must go through Ngong Ranger Station and pay a fee (about $10) plus take an armed forest ranger (tip at end of journey) along to top. Ngong means "knuckles" in Maasai as the hills, from Nairobi, look like your knuckles when making a fist. We were able to drive to top and park. Walked to edge of Rift Valley for a spectacular view of green vistas, grazing cattle and giant wind turbines. Chatted with some Kenyans on top, got one western dressed teenager who was herding cattle to pose as typical Maasai with one leg up and stick behind his head held by hands. Saw some traditionally dressed older Maasai upon return through Ngong Village. Worth the effort!

Visited May 2013
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Dublin
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“Beautiful area for a day trip or afternoon drive”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Beautiful area for a day trip or afternoon drive - made famous in Out Of Africa as Karen Blixen loved them. Not far from the city. If you don't have a car, hire a local taxi from town, fix a price for the half day trip, not expensive. Ask a Kenyan what Ngong means - interesting!

Visited April 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Ngong hills for the best hike”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

Very nice to relax on top! The hustle is to get there. Needs at least half day to get to the first peak. Be careful of buffallos but they inhabit in the forested areas especially the crater floor. The views are super as you are able to see the green side and the dry side of the hills.

Visited January 2013
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Stockholm County, Sweden
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“Worth the effort”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

A beautiful walk but it takes a little stamina to climb these hills. Remember you are 2800 meters above sea level.

We had some problems to find our way. You must go to the Kenya Forest Service where they tell you to hire guards, in our case two. They come with their guns This felt totally unnecessary, the walk was very peaceful and there was no problem to find your way. But the guards were nice and we chatted with them. The guards cost 3000Ksh for both.

I was disturbed about the guard carrying loaded automatic weapons in our car and told them to take out the magazines. I would advice everyone to ask them the same. To travel in a car with loaded guns it madness!

It is so peaceful, yet you are in the outskirts of a mega town. We did not meet anyone save a shepherd with his sheep.

The view is breathtaking and highly recommended.

Visited January 2013
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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“On Top of world”
Reviewed February 3, 2013

superb scenic view, fresh air, It you love hiking then this is place to go. not recommeded during rain as it could get very muddy.

Visited July 2012
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