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When it comes to hiking, Ngare Ndare stands out as a popular and in demand hiking destination. Some of the best swimming locations in the Kenyan North can be found at Ngare Ndare Forest and in the right weather, the water can look a beautiful turquoise colour. You can see a reel from our partner, Joanna, at the link below


Ngare Ndare Reel


We’ve been to Ngare Ndare 6 times now and despite the many preparations we make, our return time to Nairobi has always been quite late. In addition, we don’t get much time to enjoy the forest since we are pressed for time


This time round we want to visit it as part of an overnight trip. To make the trip even more interesting, we will be combining it with another hike destination called Zaina Falls located near Nyeri town


This is the summary of what we’re planning:


  • Leave Nairobi at 6am, head to Zaina Falls, located a few km from Nyeri town
  • Expect to arrive at the Kenya Forestry Gate around 11:30am
  • Do the Zaina Falls hike and finish around 4pm
  • Once done with the Zaina hike, we drive to Nanyuki and check in to our hotel ( Kirimara Springs Hotel)
  • We’ll spend the night in Nanyuki


  • Early breakfast at the hotel up to 6:30am
  • Drive to Ngare Ndare and expect to arrive by 8am
  • Start the hike and visit all 3 waterfalls with plenty of swimming time at each pool
  • Finish off the hike with the canopy walk and leave the forest at 4:30pm or so
  • Return to Nairobi by 10pm



Zaina Falls – a very tall and elegant waterfall on the edges of Aberdares Forest




The diving pool at waterfall no 2 at Ngare Ndare



Other pools along the river at Ngare Ndare


Waterfall no 3 at Ngare Ndare with a large pool for swimming


The cost of the trip will be as follows:

  • Per person sharing a double bed 8400
  • Per person sharing a room with 2 beds 8700
  • Person staying in single room 9500 – all single rooms have been booked


The costs above cover transport by bus, entry fees at Zaina and Ngare Ndare for Kenyan adults, guide fees, water and light snacks on day 1, half board accommodation at the hotel


You can read the description of both destinations here: Zaina Falls  and Ngare Ndare


This hike is suitable for kids up to the ages of 10 years – please also note that all kids must be accompanied by an adult

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Note: cost may change depending large changes in fuel or changes in entry fees. Changes will be communicated to all who have registered


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