Fancy dinners or movies are great, but sometimes you just want to be one with nature and test your fitness with a good hike. There are several places to do this throughout Kenya that will challenge you. 

Here are some great places to go hiking in Kenya; 

1. Ngong Hills

Ngong Hills Hiking/ Walking day Tour of Nairobi departs daily and takes place at the Ngong Forest Reserve located 25 Kilometers South West of Nairobi. Its a popular walking and picnicking venue for Nairobi’s residents and visitors from all over the Country. The walk/ Hike takes about 4 to 5 hour to complete, depending on fitness levels.

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2. Karura Forest

Karura forest is one of the best hiking trails for families. This is a nature lover’s haven, with marshland, a wealth of tree species and birdlife. There are numerous hiking trails, covering a distance of 50 km (31 mi). The trail leads to caves and a waterfall.

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3. Elephant Hill

If you are looking for a moderate hike not far away from Nairobi, then the Elephant hill is for you. It requires past experience in hiking.

Many hikers and mountain climbers use this hill as a preparation for big and high mountains like Mt. Kenya, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru. The hill is located in the Aberdares ranges.

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4. Oloolua Nature Trail

Oloolua is tucked away in Karen Hardy area and offers a lovely green escape to walk, jog or have a picnic. The trail of about 5km has diverse, indigenous flora with part of Mbagathi River passing through it, complete with a waterfall! There are also caves to explore and for those who like camping, a site is available.

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5. Bamburi Nature Trail

The Nature Trails domain is situated opposite the entrance to the Bamburi Beach Hotel and Yul’s. J After you pay your entrance fee you’re free to roam the park. It has three different trails: yellow, red and blue. Or walking, jogging and biking. The yellow arrows e.g. stand for the leisure trail, which means walking.

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