Mount Suswa Day Hike

Mount Suswa Day Hike

ALT 2356M/7730FT
Mt. Suswa is only 50kms from Nairobi and is described by many as the best day hike from Kenya Capital,this little known yet Massive cratered Volcano is located very close to its well known Sister Mt. Longonot.
Mt.Suswa is one of the most spectacular mountains of the Rift Valley as it comprises a 12kms across double crater system,a vast network of obsidian caves and a variety of wild animals and plants.
Mt. Suswa is a magnificent extinct Volcano in the Rift Valley.It is famous for its many caves on its E slopes.The inner crater is a home for a variety of snakes species.Other wildlife of interest found on or near Mt. Suswa includes Zebra,Giraffes,Mongoose,Turtles,Hyenas and Leopards.

All these caves are easy to access,none are too long or complex and no special skills to explore this system

Trip Itinerary:
We usually depart Nairobi for Mt. Suswa at 6:00am,expected time of arrival is 08:30am,here we start hiking, Bird watching and sites seeing.At 1;00am we take our picnic lunch at one of the caves enroute to the Summit/Mt. Suswa camp.relax at the peak as we photograph and we start descending as we enjoy Game watching.
We usually leave this place around 4;00pm and back to Nairobi.

Rates:(Depends with the number of participants) and includes:
• This includes,
• Packed lunch
• Transport
• Conservancy fee
• Guide fee
• N/B.
It is important to carry water,picnic lunch and high energy snacks and also good hiking equipments for a successful hike.

Mt. Longonot Day Hike

Mt. Longonot Day Hike

Hiking to the top of the Great Rift Valley will give you the chance to experience the freedom and awesome wilderness of East Africa, and still be home in time for dinner. Mt Longonot is just less than 2780m (9100ft) above sea level with a tree-filled interior and a lonesome steam vent to the northeast. A climb up Mount Longonot is an ideal day trip from either Nairobi or Naivasha.

The trip departs Nairobi at 8am and the journey takes approximately 1 and a half hours. Your start the ascent at 2150m and, like all good uphill hikes, it will lull you into a false sense of security with a slow gentle rise to the first hill. This gives you a chance to get your lungs and limbs freed up for the second section which, in our opinion, is most awesome. At the end of each section there is a rest point where you can prepare yourself for the next part of your journey.

Despite setting off early to avoid the heat of the sun, by the time you reach the end of the second section you will have surely generated your own heat.This hike is not an easy hike but is achievable by people of reasonably good fitness. Once you have finished the second section, you are on the rim of the crater. There is another respite of slightly less demanding terrain, before making the final climb on the fourth section. This again is a demanding section, though not as demanding as the second. As you heave yourself over the rim of the crater you are rewarded with the awesome sight of Naivasha and the Great Rift Valley and a feeling that it was all worthwhile.

NB: Before making this climb you will need to acclimatise at 6000 feet. A ranger accompanies you on the hike as your guide. As there are wild animals in the area, he is armed. The whole trek is only about 8–9 km long but very steep, so much so that the round trip from park gate to the Longonot Peak and back again takes around 5 hours of hiking.

Elephant hill in The Aberdare

Elephant hill in The Aberdare

You need to be reasonably fit to do this climb. The Elephant Hill on the southern end of the Aberdares Ranges, about 90km north of Nairobi, is an ideal location for a day hike especially if you’re preparing for the more challenging Mt Kenya or Mt Kilimanjaro climbs. 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.

Distance from Nrb: About 90km
Starting Point: Njabini Forest Gate
Ending point: Njabini Forest Gate
Walking Duration: 7 hours
Terrain: Dirt road leading to swampy trail in the
bamboo zone, before turning rocky in the alpine zone.
Difficulty: Moderate to High.

The Aberdares are the water catchment area feeding two of the largest dams supplying over 95% of Nairobi needs, i.e. Ndakaini Dam in the Thika region and Sasumua Dam near Njabini town. The Aberdares slopes are also one of the major bread baskets for vegetables supplied to Nairobi groceries, and possibly the most significant source of the second most important staple food consumed in Nairobi, the Irish potato.

Route Description
Although the hill can be ascended from various starting points, the best approach is the Njabini Forest Station (former Kinangop South Forest Station), about 4kms from Njabini shopping centre. The hike up the hill takes 3 to 4 hours after starting at an altitude of 2600m at the Forest Station. The first few kilometers are over relatively flat forest covered terrain, with the occasional herd of cattle grazing the glades in the forest a testament to the growing push by human settlements into the receding forest boundary.

On ascending further up, the forest gives way to the Bamboo zone. The narrow trail, punctuated every few steps by treacherous mud, at this point is covered by a canopy of towering bamboo with the filtered light enhancing the jungle feel as you continue trudging up the now steeper path. The occasional elephant footprint droppings from various animal species are a constant reminder that you are in a game reserve teeming with wildlife, with the armed escort your only shield from possible danger.
After what seems like hours of plodding though the muck and fighting the urge to just throw in the towel and turn around, the trail finally levels off and the Bamboo thins out as you get to the alpine zone, characterized by the stunning array of outlandish flora like lobelia, Senecio, Tussock grass, giant heather among others, a real feast for botany enthusiasts. Amazing views of the surrounding countryside including the nearby Sasumua Dam down below to your right, and the distant Ndakaini Dam to your left, awaits those who make it this far. You are now at the elephant’s rump, also known as the “point of despair”.

For those strong enough to continue, the rest of the hike goes over slightly rocky terrain at an altitude of over 3500m above sea level, with the temperature dropping significantly, as you pick you way across the elephant’s back. The trail first descents into a clamp of trees before turning back upwards out of the small valley. It then gets pretty steep as it meanders past gnarled giant heather trees adorned with Spanish moss offering handholds when you need to pull yourself up the slope. Mercifully it soon levels off to give you your first view of the summit. You’ll recognize it by the saddle between two knolls, with the summit to the right. Kinangop, the second highest peak on the Aberdares, can easily be accessed from this point. The descent is just as trying as the ascent, taking a big toll on the knees, and another 3 to 4 hours to the Forest station.

Requirements

  • Visitors are required to be accompanied by armed escort from the Forest Gate
  • Hiking equipment/Rain gears
  • Identification documents for the park entry.
    Packed lunch from Nairobi
  • Water bottle/Hydration bag at least 3 liters.
  • Remember to carry your camera fully changed.
Menengai Crater Nakuru: 1 Day Hiking

Menengai Crater Nakuru: 1 Day Hiking

Tour is a full day trip to climb Menengai crater. Menengai crater is located 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of Nakuru, the fourth-biggest city in Kenya. The drive from Nairobi to Nakuru takes about 2.5 Hours. It takes another 10 minutes to drive from town to the foot of the crater where the Menengai Forest station offices are located.

Menengai crater is an extinct volcano and one of the world’s largest intact craters and it is 12 kilometers across and nearly 500 meter deep in places. The crater floor covers nearly 90 square kilometers.

While standing at the rim of the huge crater, one is able to have the view of the large stretch of the Northern Rift Valley in a panoramic view, having a glance at some of the mountains like the Tugen Hills, Mau, Aberdares, Mathews Range, the Cherenganyi and the Elgeyo-Marakwet escarpment.

More striking is the fact that at the crater, one is able to have the beautiful view of Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru and the beauty of the crater itself. The hike takes approximate 4 to 5 hours walk from the base of the crater to the rim and back.

Menengai Crater Nakuru 1 Day Hiking Tour hike begins down hill to the floor of the crater, a flat stretch, then a rocky, grassy uphill to the summit. It is a pleasant trip with breathtaking views into the crater as well as surrounding parts of the Rift Valley.

Various bird species as well as hyenas, baboons and dik dik can be spotted at the crater. The descent down the crater looks pretty easy. However, it is the long trek upwards that is torturous. You need to be an expert hiker to conquer it!

With its amazing scenery, Menengai crater is indeed one of the most attractive places in the Rift Valley. The hiking, trekking, camping and picnicking options available to the visitor offer the promise of a rewarding trip.

There are also caves that can be explored, but they tend to be frequented by those on religious pilgrimages. Our Menegai Crater Tour ends in Nairobi at 1900 Hours.

Menengai Crater Nakuru 1 Day Hiking Tour Itinerary:

0600h rs: Pick up from Racecourse as usual and depart for Menengai crater, Nakuru County

0800 Hrs: Stop Over at the View Point

 0930 Hrs: Arrival at the Menengai Forest station Gate

1030Hrs: Begin hiking (approximate 4-5 hours) Hike is hard and challenging. You must be fit to finish the whole hike

1230 Hrs: Enjoy Packed Lunch box

1530Hrs: Begin your journey back to Nairobi

0630 Hrs: Arrival in Nairobi with fond Memories to Cherish for