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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


To fully enjoy our time at Ngare Ndare, we will be visiting 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 11:00am
  • Do the Zaina Falls hike and finish around 4pm
  • Once done with the Zaina hike, we drive to Nanyuki and check in to our hotels ( either Kirimara Springs Hotel or Maxoil 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 famous turquoise pool at Ngare Ndare


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 depending on hotel chosen:

Kirimara Springs Hotel

  • Single room – 9200
  • Double room – 8400
  • Twin room – 9000
  • Triple room – 8200

Maxoil Hotel

  • Single room – 11000
  • Double room – 9800
  • Twin room – 10000
  • Triple room – 9500


The costs above will cover

  • Transport by bus from Nairobi and back
  • Entry fees at Zaina and Ngare Ndare forests for Kenyan adults
  • Guide fees and ranger fees
  • Half board accommodation at the hotel – meaning dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday are both covered
  • Light snacks on day 1 and emergency water
  • For residents the cost increases by 250 kshs and for non residents the cost goes up by 3500 Kshs


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


This hike is suitable for kids as young as 10 years – please also note that all kids must be accompanied by an adult

To answer your questions on our meet up location, payment process and more, please check the FAQs page

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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