Ngong Hills was always a popular destination for school trips. Of course I always looked for excuses not to go. Reasons are obvious. So when we included it in our Trek List for Summit Seekers, I was excited and curious to take it on.
The Ngong Hills are located in Ngong Town, along the Great Rift Valley. The word “Ngong” is a Maasai word meaning “Knuckles”, referring to the 4 hill peaks of the ridge, rising from the plains.
Our Departure from Nairobi was at 7am and drove through the cold morning mist and rain with a quick pit stop for coffee while we waited for a group of people to catch up with us.
We arrived at the Gate a few minutes past 9am and were met with fog. What a sight. I could hardly contain my excitement at being surrounded by so much fog. Clearly, I had never been this close to fog in by life before. The first sight to greet our eyes was a massive Windmill (Or a Wind Turbine). From previous visits to the area I had assumed the turbines are small, but up close they were massive and one could hear the turbines churn as you walked passed.
We could not begin our hike until close to 10am as we had to wait for an armed KFS Ranger. The area is notorious for thieves and visitors, including tourists have been attached and robbed on the hills. So it is always a good idea to practice safely. Soon after our Ranger, Moha, arrived, we set off to tackle the infamous Seven Hills.
The hike was serene and cool. Fog engulfed both sides of the hills so we could not see much of the view, or the distance ahead. But once the fog cleared, by 11am, the views from the hills was breathtaking. I have to admit that this has been, by far, my best hike.
By this time we had already covered three hills and the views of The Great Rift Valley on the Right and Nairobi City on the left were magnificent.
We stopped for a short break to refuel and take some pictures, before beginning our ascent on the fourth and one of the most steepest of the seven hills. The climb was a little challenging as it was on lose mud that we had to make our way. But once on the top, we were greeted by a small water catchment area that was covered in moss and provided a short reprieve from the blazing sun. In spite of the sun, temperatures were cool and made the trek more enjoyable.
We then proceeded to take on the remaining hills and arrived at the summit by 12.30pm. That is 10.1Km covered in a span of two hours.
We had our lunch at the Summit, and took photos and a small presentation of Certificates was conducted. The sun was already up on the Meridian, and the views were simple amazing.
By 2pm we had begun our descent, taking a detour around three hills, arriving back at the gate in an hour. The walk back was even more beautiful. I love looking at the arid Rift Valley. It is so serene and peaceful, and although I have seen it several times from different summits, each summit provides a different landscape.
The golden wheat farms are a stark contrast to the blue skies and green hills. The whole landscape paints such a magnificent picture.
I also enjoyed walking back amidst the giant turbines. On our walk up, they were hidden by the fog, but now they were visible in their full glory. The rotors were huge. Pretty long and severing. When you passed in front of one you could actually here the swishing sounds that ti made as it cut through the wind. It was sad in a way to see the hills populated with turbines everywhere. Although, it is probably a good thing they kept these closer to the edge of the hills.
We managed to cover a total distance of 17.4Kms that day and were back in Nairobi by 4pm. Refreshed.
Looking forward to our next hike, The Sleeping Warrior on the 25. I have heard it is even more scenic.