Thursday, December 2, 2021

Hiking at Ngong Hills, Kenya

I know I disappeared for a minute there but I have been super busy with work. I am still in Kenya but working remotely which is pretty awesome! During my off hours I have been exploring interesting places and appreciating what this beautiful country has to offer. I recently ventured to Ngong Hills for a good hike and the opportunity to enjoy nature, I went with my sister and an old school friend and we had such a good time. The Ngong Hills are made up of a range of 7 hills in a ridge along the Great Rift Valley and stand at 2,460 meters (8,071 feet) above sea level. They are located in the northern tip of Kajiado county and about 25 km (16 miles) from Nairobi so it's easily accessible if you are in the city and visiting time is between 6 am to 6 pm daily.

There is an entry fee of 200 Kenyan shillings (slightly less that $2) to go hike up the hills but if you want to partake in other activities like filming or zip lining, the fees are different. We wanted to go hiking so we paid the 200 Ksh fee. 

I knew it was windy up the hills but I just never thought of how strong those winds are, it's no wonder that there are wind turbines installed up there to generate energy. I actually liked it because despite the hot sun, you still felt cool plus the air just felt fresh.The views were beautiful and we came across school kids on a field trip, folks who had come to pray and meditate and joggers who came to exercise. I truly enjoyed the experience.

That's it folks! We hiked up and down 2 hills before calling it a day meanwhile, the kids we saw on a field trip were running up and down those hills like it was nothing. It's no wonder we have some of the best long distance runners in Kenya! Had I not been pressed for time maybe I would have attempted to go up and down all 7 hills, the hike was actually not too bad and it's definitely worth a try.

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