Ngong Hills

Ngong Hills Forest is located north of Kajiando County: a distance of 33 km from Nairobi CBD. It is under the custody of Kenya Forest Service.

The forest covers an area of 3077.6 ha while the highest peak of Ngong Hills is at 2,460 m above sea level. From Karen Blixen’s house, the four peaks of the hills are well visible.

The Eastside slopes of Ngong Hills overlook Nairobi National Park and Nairobi City while the Westside slopes overlook the Great Rift Valley.

They offer vantage points and panoramic views to the close and far surrounding areas, scenic beauty, high altitude sports training, and hiking areas, religious retreat sites, and beautiful grounds for hire.

Forest Vegetation/Flora

The vegetation consists of exotic and indigenous trees which include; cypress, sandalwood, pine, croton, acacia and many others.  They type of vegetation is determined by altitude, soils type and human utilization of land while the spatial variation in vegetation cover is determined by forest fires.

Ngong Hills Forest Animals/Wildlife

The forest hosts a significant variety of wildlife which includes; the dik-dik, buffalo, wild pig, porcupine, and many others. Their movement is largely dependent on water and foliage availability

Dik-Dik: Ngong Hills

Close Tourist attraction Sites

Things to do in Ngong Hills

  • Hiking through the walking trail from the bottom to the tops of the hills must be accompanied by a KFS Rangers for security
  • Picnics
  • Camping
  • Viewing
  • Participate in religious activities
  • Team building, there are beautiful grounds for hire
  • Weddings

Ngong Hills Weather & Climate

The annual average rainfall varies between 400 mm-1200 mm and is highly determined by the altitude.

Short rains fall from October to December with a peak in November while the long rains fall from March to May with a peak in April.

When to Visit

It is advisable to visit Ngong Hills during the dry season when walking trails are dependable. Avoid visiting in the months when rainfall is at a peak.

Ngong Hills Travel Tips

It is advisable you wear hiking shoes and loose fitting clothes. For those in need of visiting the power generation plant, carry warm clothes.

Also carry a camera, binoculars and drinking water.

How to get there

Ngong Hills is 33 km from Nairobi Central Business District and is connected by a tarmac road. You can use a taxi or public means by a taking matatu no 111 or 112 from the Railway Bus Terminus to Ngong town and Kiserian town respectively. From Ngong Town, it is 2 km to the hills whereby you can choose to walk or use a motorbike (boda) to the Ngong Entry Gate. From Kiserian Town, use the Baridi entry Gate: a distance of 2 km.

Visiting time is between 0800 hrs. and 1700 hrs. If you want to arrive earlier than this stipulated time, you can seek permission from the KFS.

Ngong Hills Forest Entrance & Camping Fees/Charges

The charges per day to access the forest are as follows

Kenya & EAC Citizens (KES): Adult 200, Child 50, and Student 20
Kenya Residents (KES): Adult 400, Child 100, and Student 50
Non-resident (KES): Adult 600, Child 150, and Student 150

Camping Charges

Kenya Citizens (KES): Adult 650, Child 100
Kenya Residents (KES): Adult 650, Child 100
Non-resident (KES): Adult 650, Child 100


For inquires please contact the forester-in-charge through mobile: +254 (0) 720 766 661 or +254 (0) 735 976 300

Ngong Hills Hotels and Lodges

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