Have you ever thought of grouping with friends for a hike, camping or both? This could be the most awesome thing to do with friends or family. One of the best hiking places Id like to talk about today is The Ngong Hills in Kenya. Ngong hills is located in Kajiado County about 27km from Nairobi the Capital city of Kenya.
Ngong hills forest is guarded by the Kenya Forestry Service personnel. The forest is composed of variety of vegetation cover including both exotic and indigenous trees: croton megalocarpus, Croton dichogamous, Teclea simplicifolia, Rhus natalensis, Ochna holstii, acacias, sandal wood, cypress among others. The type of vegetation the grows in the area are mainly influenced by the type of soil and altitude. A number of animals are present at Ngong hills including variety of bird species, buffaloes, porcupines, dik-diks and warthogs. They live within the forest and they roam depending on different factors like availability of food and water.
The hike begins right at the foot of the hills-Ngong town all through to the ending point which is Kona Baridi along Magadi-Kajiado highway. The hike will take you approximately 4-5 hours depending on your pace. Surrounding the hills is a community of the famous Maasai people, well known for their cultural activities, products and practices. They are pastoralist and therefore you will always find them in the hills on the move with their flock.
Some of the leisure activities one can undertake in the Hills include; zip lining that was introduced most recently, hiking, picnics, camping, viewing, weddings and team building activities. The beauty of flora and fauna on the hill top and the beautiful view of the area bellow the hills is the best you want to experience during a hike. To make the hike interesting, there are tens of wind mills on the hill tops. The Ngong Hills Wind Power Station is built in the hill which is the first wind farm in the country.