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Visiting Ngong Hills Nairobi

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The Ngong Hills are peaks in a ridge along the Great Rift Valley, located southwest near Nairobi, in southern Kenya. The word 'Ngong' is an Anglicization of a Maasaiphrase 'enkong'u emuny' meaning rhinoceros spring, and this name derives from a spring located near Ngong Town.

Ngong Hills Things to Do

Ngong Hills Things to Do

Archery

Archery

Shooting with a bow and arrows is actually fun especially, when you are competing with your friends or partner. In fact, archery has various health benefits. Top of the list is that it improves hand-eye coordination and balance while performing different tasks. For just Sh1000 for the ticket, at Kompas in Ngong you will get 20 arrows to shoot. This is one of the best things to do at Ngong Hill.

Zip Lining

Zip Lining

Another thing to do at Ngong Hills is Zip Lining. This can be a bit scary for first timers but the fun of zip lining is incomparable. For just Sh1000 bob at Kompas in Ngong hills, you will get a chance to zip line along the 200 meters stainless steel cable. Zip-line is actually a great way to overcome fear of height.

Grave of Denys Finch Hatton

Grave of Denys Finch Hatton

Close to Pt Lamwia, the summit of the range, is the grave of Denys Finch Hatton, the famous playboy and lover of Karen Blixen. The site, on private land, is almost completely overgrown and is difficult to find.

Ngong Hill Racecourse

Ngong Hill Racecourse

Next thing to do at Ngong Hill is to see the Ngong Hill Racecourse. Several Sundays a month, hundreds of Nairobi residents flee the noise and bustle of the city for the genteel surroundings of the Ngong Hills Racecourse, one of Nairobi's oldest colonial institutions. The public enclosure is free to enter; ticket to the grandstand is KSh200. There are usually three races every month during the October–July season. It's just east of Karen and you can get here on the Metro Shuttle bus and matatus 24 or 111 from Haile Selassie Ave.

Picnic

Picnic

Ngong Hills offers very beautiful sites ideal for a picnic. With such scenery, you are assured time for self-reflection. For Sh200 at the entrance ticket, you are free to have a relaxing yet memorable moments at the hills.

Bike Riding

Bike Riding

Due to the nature of some careers, most people spend a lot of time seated. This habit can jeopardize our health as well as general body wellness. For just Sh500 for the ticket, you can explore the beautiful Ngong Hills. They charge Sh500 for a ticket per 3 hours to ride their bikes.

Ngong Hills Nairobi Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

Visiting time is from 8.00am to 5.00pm and entry tickets are found at entry points. If you want to make visits earlier, you can make arrangements to get your tickets a day before.

How To Get Around?

Ngong Hills can be explored by walking or riding a bicycle. Make sure you are fit enough to do the hiking, it's moderate level.

What Should I Wear?

Comfortable shoes or trainers and loose fitting clothing for hikes and mountain climbing are advised. Also, wear a good fitting trouser. It's cold on top of the hills, so it is wise to wear layers – climbing up of course breaks a sweat, but the wind on top as you marvel the view cuts right through you. Also, carry a camera, binoculars, hat, and sunscreen.

Ngong Hills Nairobi Facts

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Ngong Hills is during the dry season. The short rains fall between October and December, and the long rains fall between March and May, so just avoid these months.

Currency

Kenyan Shilling

Will I Need a Guide?

There is a designated tracks and paths that you can follow when hiking, just follow the tracks and always be sure of where you area headed to. However, those hiking up to the peaks require to be accompanied by KFS Rangers for security.

How To Get There?

If you come by using public transport, board Matatu No. 111 from Railways Matatu Terminus and alight at Ngong Town which is about two kilometers to Ngong entry point. You can chose to either walk, or take a bodaboda that will cost KSh 100. If you come from Corner Baridi entry point, board Matatu No. 112 from Railways Matatu Terminus and alight at Kiserian Town, which is about two kilometers to Corner Baridi entry point. You can chose to either walk, or take a bodaboda that will cost KSh 100. You can also take a taxi from Nairobi City, Ngong Town, or Kiserian Town.

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