It is generally the act of walking for extended periods of time for the enjoyment of a natural setting. It can involve taking a trail to the top of a mountain, or just a gentle prairie trail that winds along a river or creek. Hiking is an excellent way to explore a certain region or country. If you enjoy walking in the wilderness, meeting likeminded people then a hiking holiday is the right choice for you.
Hiking has always been an essential element of many Altimor Adventure trips, leading our clients on incredible hikes in different parts of the country. Over the years, combining our love for hiking with what we do best-guiding, we’ve established a full series of guided hiking tours.
Top Health Benefits of Hiking.
Building your body is a wonderful way to stay healthy, but you also need an activity that engages your mind, soul, and health. Hiking has some incredible benefits!
Hiking increases your body’s muscular health and helps to create muscles in your body. Improving muscle function and growth will benefit your body and you by being strong and turning fat into muscle.
Hiking increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain which enhances a variety of areas. These areas include concentration, focus, memory, and happiness. Oxygen and blood flow allow your brain to function better and helps your body to produce more chemicals that make you feel joy and pleasure.
Hiking helps to decrease high blood pressure and reduces your risk of attaining it in the first place. In addition, it lowers risk for diabetes, high cholesterol and lowers your risk of heart disease.
Hiking is bone healthy! Hiking allows your bones to be exercised in your body to the extent that regular activities can’t compete with. Hiking allows your body fresh air, away from pollutants and has you walking to increase stamina, muscles, and overall performance.
Hiking stimulates your brain, your body, and your soul, so it’s no wonder that it takes a lot out of you and helps you to sleep at night! While you hike, no matter how small you start at first, your body and mind will be pushed from its comfort zone.
Finally reaching the top of a mountain, Cliff side or any high peak, is bound to have a beautiful view, no matter the location. When you come to the top of your climb, the peak, you will feel proud and humble. Your body will be exhausted, but your soul and mind will be alive and energized from the feat you just accomplished.
We’ve all been there with trying to lose weight and keep it off. Hiking is a fantastic way to continue your weight loss, build up your core muscles, and continue to stay in shape and get fit. Even without changing your diet, hiking can aid in weight loss, so long as you continue to push yourself. Hiking is beneficial to your mind, soul, and your body. It helps you with weight loss, muscle building, increasing and supporting your bone density, and lessens your risks of dangerous illnesses.
Hiking Trails worth Checking Out In and Around Nairobi
Hiking in Nairobi is a favourite activity among both locals and tourists alike, and it’s no secret why. The sheer variety of trails ranging in difficulty and offering some great views .
They range from arduous mountain hikes to ‘walk in the park’ nature trails many of which are not too far from the city centre and perfect for a weekend trip.
While there are several trails located closer to the city of Nairobi, however, there is one common trait about all these trails wherever the trail takes you, the stunning scenery is worth the effort.
If you’re interested in getting out there, being one with nature, getting some fresh air and experience or just looking for great shots for your Instagram, then these trails will not disappoint you.
Ngong Hills can be found a short distance from the city centre of Nairobi and is easily accessible by car.The hiking route starts from the northern side, at 1,961m (6,400ft) above sea level. The initial part of the trail cuts through a village, then past a wind farm and finally, you get to the radio repeater stations.From then on, you climb and go down the undulating series of hills. The trail ends at the southern part of the hill known as Kona Baridi and takes approximately 4–5 hours to complete, depending on your fitness level.
The Nairobi Safari Walk is a nature trail set inside Nairobi National Park. It takes approximately 2 hours to complete the trail which covers three major habitats.The first is a wetland area where crocodiles idle, the second a savanna grassland where you can spot wildlife including an albino zebra, leopards and the rare bongo.The third habitat is a woodland area exhibiting indigenous plants, labelled with their traditional uses. You will really feel like an explorer after taking on this trip.
Karura forest is renowned for being one of the best hiking trails for families. Seen as a nature lover’s haven, with marshland, a wealth of tree species and birdlife.There are numerous hiking trails, covering a distance of 50 km (31 mi). The trail leads to caves and a waterfall. The first 2 km (1.2 mi) is a steady walk on a dirt track when then turns right at a marked point and drops down a steep hill, all the way to the river. From there it steadies again until you get to the caves. These caves are thought to have been a hideout for Mau Mau fighters during the struggle for independence. Further on, you will find the waterfall.
Spend a day experiencing the slopes of Mount Kenya with a trip to Castle Forest Station in Kirinyaga County. The hike is well worth the two-hour road trip from Nairobi to the forest station. Your adventure will start from Castle Forest Station’s gate, and you will walk through the quiet forest and eventually ending up at the enchanting waterfall, before making your journey back.It takes about half a day for the 20km adventure, but the mud trails and the steep descent to the waterfall can have you spending a few extra hours in the forest.
Mount Longonot is situated about 60km from the capital of Nairobi and will set you back with about an hour’s journey to get there.
You will have the choice of either a hike to the rim and back down, or go all the way up and around the crater’s rim. It takes about 3 to 4 hours to explore this attraction.Traverse the mauve looking attraction you may have seen countless of times when driving along the Great Rift Valley Viewpoint.
A milder walk perfect for taking the family out for the day and working up an appetite is The Nairobi Arboretum. Situated adjacent to the State House on a 30-hectare (74-acre) piece of land.It was set aside by the government in 1907 to plant fast-growing exotic trees for use during the construction of the Mombasa-Kampala railway. Back then they would cut indigenous trees along the railway, which was not sustainable, as they discovered because indigenous trees would take a long time to mature.To date, the arboretum has over 350 types of both exotic and indigenous trees. There are paved footpaths throughout, which serve as hiking trails.
Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is a bit of a trek to get there and can be found about 85km from Nairobi and will probably take you around 2 hours by car. The day trip will take you around 8 hours to complete and have a few picnic spots for a well-deserved rest afterwards.The park has a wonderful centerpiece that is a large mountain named Ol Donyo Sabuk which in the Masai language is a single mountain. The mountain rises to 2,145 meters (7,037 feet) from an otherwise flat area hence it being the dominant feature of the park.However, wildlife enthusiasts may be more interested in the fact that the park is home to buffalos, monkeys and antelopes.
If you are looking to do a short hike, quick jog or run with your dog, then this tranquil forest in the Karen suburb is the perfect backdrop to your outdoor fitness experience.Explore their meandering river, waterfalls, 33m long cave, papyrus swamp and you can even get to camp if you are that into the outdoors. This 5km walk is not strenuous and is great for beginners who want to start exploring trails or want to start improving their fitness.
Probably the furthest from Nairobi of the trails on this list at around 200km from the city we felt we needed to include this one. These underrated and unexplored hills can be found between Amboseli National Park and Tsavo West National Park.They cover a distance of 150 km (93 mi), with the highest point standing at 2,188 m (7, 200 ft) above sea level. Unbeknown to many, Chyulu Hills has one of the longest lava tubes in the world.The trek covers a distance of 15 km (9 mi) through rugged terrain filled with wildlife and beautiful fauna, particularly after the rainy season.
It takes about 3–4 hours to the mouth of the caves. 35 km (22 mi) from the Chyulu Hills National Park headquarters is the other hiking trail called Satellite, which was used as a training base by the US Army.The peak stands at 1,900 m (6,200 ft) above sea level. Note: There are no trails; hikers follow wildlife tracks through these gentle hills. It is advisable to go with a park ranger.
This one is a bit of a trick located in Naivasha in Kenya which is 100 km outside Nairobi but still within a day’s trip. Hell’s Gate National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, flora and over 100 species of birds.It was a belief that this was the outlet for the prehistoric freshwater lake that stretched from here to Nakuru.The park offers a memorable one day trip which can take you between 3-6 hours to complete.
If you don’t fancy walking, hire a bike at the gate of the park and enjoy a ride in the wild and if that wasn’t enough, you could also enjoy rock climbing and a natural spa.