Day Trips

Day Trips

Many visitors to Kenya head straight from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to their safari and beach destinations, spending little time in Nairobi.

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So many places to Visit

For some however, spending a day or two in the capital is a good way to begin a holiday in Kenya, providing a useful introduction to the country at large. Among places to visit while in Nairobi includes; Giraffe Centre, Karen Blixen,Nairobi Museum, Karura Forest, Railway Museum, Bomas of Kenya and NairobiNational Park – the only park within a City in the world.

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Places to Visit on a Day Trip

We mostly use the community neighboring the area as Guides/Rangers in the tours/hikes For the Hiking trips they are divided in two for speedy and leisurely Hikers who prefer walking slowly watching birds or enjoying nature. Below is a list of places worthy paying a visit

Bird Forest Trips
Gatamaiyu Forest, Mt Longonot, Mt Suswa, Oloroka Mountains, Elephant Hills Aberdares, Karura Forest
Mountain/Hill Trips
Olorgesaille Mountains, Mt Longonot, Lukenya Hills
Safari Trips
Table Mountains, Otuttu Hills Elementaita
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Elephant Hill Aberdares

The Elephant Hill on the southern end of the Aberdares Ranges, is about 90km north of Nairobi, is an ideal location for a day hike excursion. The Aberdares Ranges are situated west of Mt Kenya in the central highlands between Nyeri and Naivasha, and stretch 70km long from North to South.

The Aberdares are the water catchment areafeeding two of the largest dams supplying over 95% of Nairobi’s water needs,

Attractions
Stunning array of outlandish flora like lobelia,senecio, tussock grass, giant heather among others.
Activities
Hiking, Bird & Wildlife watching, Site Seeing
Amazing Views
Amazing views of the surrounding countryside including the nearby Sasumua Dam down below to your right, and the distant Ndakaini Dam. Lesatima Peak
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Mau Eburu Forest Trip

Mau Eburu forest is one of the 22 gazetted forest blocks. It is comprised of 420,000 hectare Mau Forest Complex, within Kenya’s Rift Valley. The Eburu forest area covers 8715.3hectares (87 squares kms) of pristine indigenous forest, nestled in the folds of a 2,820 meters high active mountain overlooking Lake Naivasha to the South East, Lake Elementaita to the North and Lake Nakuru to the North West.

Attractions
The forest covers the slopes of Mount Eburu, a volcanic mass with two prominent peaks.
Activities
Hiking, Birding, Visit to Geothermal Site
Amazing Views
The forest forms part of the catchments forLakes Naivasha and Elementaita, with several ground springs, and is the sourceof Ndabibi River and other small streams.

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Menengai Crater

Menengai crater (2490mhigh), is enormous, about 12 km across and 500m deep, situated on the Northernside of Nakuru. It is the second largest surviving volcanic crater in the world, with a surface area of 90kmsq

Attractions
Menengai is the second place in Kenya where directions & distances of several places worldwide can be measured.
Activities
This will make a great day outing, as it’s definitely a hiker’s haven!

Program
We will meet at 6.45 am and depart at 7.00am to make it to Nakuru by 9.00am.
Hiking will take about 1.30 hrs. have lunch and hike down the crater cliff.
Afterwards leisurely descend to our starting point then depart to Nairobi.
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Mt Suswa Hike

Mt Suswa is a magnificent extinct volcano in the Rift Valley. It is famed for the many caves on its E slopes, which are all easy to access and none are too long or complex. No special gear or knowledge is required to explore these systems.

Preparations
Wear comfortable shoes & clothing. A cap, headlight sunglasses and sun screen will also come in handy to shield you from the sun.
Activities
Hiking, caving, bird watching & site seeing.
Program
Distance from Nairobi- it takes2-3hrs to drive from Nairobi to the inner crater hiking starting point, so itis advisable to leave early if you plan to do all the activities(hiking 2356mts& caving)
 
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Kinale Hills

The Kinale hill ‘miniature’ of Mt Longonot lies on the floor of the rift valley adjacent to Kikuyu Escarpment. The hill rises at an altitude of 2500 meters above sea level, on the Eastern side which is the windward side.

Attractions
The top of the hill provides a magnificent view point of Lake Naivasha, Mt Longonot, Mt Suswa, Kikuyu escarpment
Activities
This will make a great day outing, as it’sdefinitely a hiker’s haven!

Program
The starting point to the top of the hill is from the Mai Maahiu/Longonot road. The trek takes an approximate 2 hours to the top and another 1 hours descent before doing the last climb through Kinale forest to the end point which is at (Soko Mjinga) along Nairobi/Nakuru highway.
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Ol Donyo Orok Mountain

The Ol Donyo Orok Mountain also called Namanga Hills is situated in southern Kenya to the Tanzanian border in the Namanga Division. The mountain is a stretched triangular shape, almost like an arrow pointing north. The short side faces the Tanzanian border (and one corner actually crosses). The highest peak is 2548 m.

Attractions
Namanga Hills, Mt. Longido, Mt. Meru, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Wildlife in the surrounding

Activities
Hiking, Birding, Sight-seeing.
Program
The boulder strewn Namanga River cuts a deep gorge through the mountain, and spots caves used by Maasai morans in some of their rituals. At some places higher up, trails open up into clearings from where views of the town below, the distant Mt Longido, and Mt Kilimanjaro about 65km away are a sight to behold.
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Karura Forest

Located in the northern part of Nairobi city, Karura Forest is 1,041 hectares, making it one of the largest urban gazette forests in the world. It’s managed by Kenya Forest Service in conjunction with Friends of Karura Forest. Plantations cover 632 hectares while Indigenous trees cover 260 hectares of the forest.


Attractions
Mau Mau caves,
Scenic waterfalls and rivers.
Picnic sites Marked walking trails
Small wetlands that are habitatsfor birds
The incinerator formerly used by Central Bank of Kenya to burn old currency notes.
The area about which the late Professor Wangari Maathai carried out a campaign against illegal acquisition of forest land.
Activities
Biking (Cycling), Birding, Site Seeing
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Mt. Longonot Hike

The name Longonot is derived from the Maasai word Oloonong’ot meaning mountains of many spurs or steep ridges. Longonot Park is 90 km from Nairobi and covers 52 square km, most of it being occupied by Mt. Longonot – a young volcano rising to 2,776 meters above sea level. The sides of the mountain have beautiful V-shaped valleys and ridges.

Attractions
Extinct volcano and crater forest, scenic landscape, views of Lake Naivasha, Mt. Eburru, Mt. Suswa and the Great Rift Valley.
Activities
Hiking, Birding, wildlife viewing
Program
Meet at 6.45am; depart at 7 am to make it to Mt. Longonot by 8.30am.The hike up to the rim takes a couple of hours, though going up the 4.1 kilometers to the rim of the crater can take anything from one and a half hours, depending on your speed and stamina.  
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Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park

The Ol Donyo Sabuk mountain, also known as Kilimambogo or Buffalo Mountain, situated about 85km north-east of Nairobi, and about 25km east of Thika town. It covers an area of about 20 square kilometers, with most of its surface covered by a natural forest and habited by Buffaloes, monkeys, antelopes and other grazers. The hiking trail is 9kilometers to the summit 2145 meters above sea level.

Attractions
Montane landscape, An unusual burial site, McMillan grave, Wildlife Watching, Abundant rare forest and endemic, birds species Fourteen Falls, Scenic views of Mt. Kenya from the summit
Activities
Biking (Cycling), Birding, Site Seeing
Program
The starting point to the top of the hill is from the Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park. The trek takes an approximate 2 hours to the top and another 1 hours descent before doing the last climb through Kinale forest to the end point which is at (Soko Mjinga) along Nairobi/Nakuru highway.
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Lake Elementaita & Otutu Hills Day Trip

Lake Elementaita (derived from the Maasai word,muteita meaning “dust place”) is a beautiful soda lake in the Great Rift Valley, located some 130 km from Nairobi, between Lake Nakuru and L. Naivasha. The lake is Kenya’s latest Ramsar site having attained the status in 2005 and also another prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012.

Background
Otutu Hills (twins in Maa language) areamong the many attractions around Lake Elementaita the gentle gradient can bemanaged by any age group
Activities
Hiking, Birding, wildlife viewing
Attractions
Scenic landscape of theSleeping Warrior hill, Soysambu Conservancy, Eburu Forest, Aberdares Ranges,Birds (450 bird species recorded) and Elementaitahot springs
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Gatamaiyu Forest

Gatamaiyu Forest is a remnant of the Kereita Forest which is an extension of the Aberdares forest. It’s also the source of Nairobi River, an Important Bird Area for the birding lovers & a real ideal place for hiking and nature walks.

Attractions
Aberdares Forest
Activities
Hiking, bird watching and a riverine walk
Optional
Binoculars and a camera.