This is a list of the best hiking places in Nairobi. Nairobi is undoubtedly the world’s wildlife capital with fascinating attractions and beautiful sceneries such as picnic sites, campsites, walking trails and of course the Nairobi National Park which is located right within Kenya’s capital city.
Nairobi offers a lot of opportunities especially for nature lovers and those seeking to unwind during the weekends after a long week of work and various hustles.
Here is a list of some of the best hiking places in Nairobi.
1. Ngong Hills
Ngong Hills offer perfect opportunities for hikes, be it on a weekend or any other day of the week. Ngong Hills are characterized by serene and lush green fields, uneven terrain and a picturesque environment, thus making it a perfect getaway for hikes, camping and sightseeing adventures. The picturesque hills are located just a few kilometres from the CBD, near Ngong Town.
2. Karura Forest
Karura Forest is one of the largest urban gazetted forests in the world. The forest features spectacular indigenous trees, picnic sites, scenic waterfalls and beautiful caves. The forest is open daily from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm. It is a favourable destination for patrolled trails, jogging, cycling, picnicking and bird watching adventures.
3. Oloolua Nature Trail
Oloolua Nature Trail is situated in Karen, about 20 kilometres from the CBD. It is an oasis of tranquillity, favourable for those seeking to do short hikes, camping, jogging, bird watching and sightseeing of the natural sceneries such as caves and a waterfall located within the trail.
4. Nairobi Safari Walk
The Nairobi Safari Walk is a getaway destination for hikes, for about 2 to 3 hours. The place features a signature winding boardwalk that gives hikers a view of the Nairobi National Park and the sceneries found within the park.
5. Nairobi Arboretum
Nairobi Arboretum is located about 3 kilometres from the city centre. It has an exotic environment that is dotted with footpaths for hiking and indigenous trees that form a habitat for different species of birds, Sykes and vervet monkeys.