Nairobi Full Day Hiking Tour Mount Kipipiri

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Nairobi Full Day Hiking Tour Mount Kipipiri is a full day forest hiking trip from Nairobi to Mount Kipipiri Forest Reserve located on the North West slopes of Aberdare ranges in Nyandarua County, near Aberdare National Park. 

Mount Kipipiri stands at a height of 10,990 feet (3,349 meters) and is located 130 km from Nairobi. It is about 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Lake Naivasha, which is visible from the summit.

The name of the mountain means "butterfly" in the kikuyu language, a reference to its profile from a distance. Considered as a moderate to difficult climb, the trek is mostly a gentle climb on forest trails to the summit, with a short steep descent beyond.

The climb to the summit takes approximate 5 hours while the descent will take you 3 to 4 hours depending on your energy levels. The hiking distance is approximately 21 km. It is generally an easy but long hike.

The drive to Mt Kipipiri from Nairobi takes about 3 hours (Nairobi-Nakuru highway to Njabinitown, then on to Ndunyu Njeru market and to Geta Forest Station, Mt Kipipiri where the hike begins. The  trek ends at Miharati centre.

Our full day hiking tour includes a guide and an armed ranger because of the wild animals that live inside the forest reserve which include Colobus monkeys, Sykes monkeys, elephants, buffalo and abundant birdlife).

Mount Kipipiri Forest Reserve is under the care of Kenya Forest Service (KFS). An electric fence has been installed around it, preserving a substantial part of its indigenous forests for posterity.

Nairobi Full Day Hiking Tour Mount Kipipiri | What to Wear and Items to Carry

* Poncho or a light Rain Jacket
* Gym/ hiking pants (avoid jeans)
* Snacks, extra drinking bottle water
* Comfortable running shoes or Water proof hiking boot preferred
* Sunglasses, Hat/ cap, Camera, Binoculars, Sunscreen, Energy Bars
* Polyester T-shirt (like the football jerseys) carry an extra one to change after the hike
* Carry rain gear and warm clothes, as the area rains a lot, and at this altitude, temperatures often drop to single digit

Nairobi Full Day Hiking Tour Mount Kipipiri Itinerary

0530 Hours: Depart from your residence in Nairobi for Mount Kipipiri Forest Reserve located in Miharati – a location inKipipiri Division, Kipipiri Constituency, Nyandarua County, Central Province. It is near the Aberdare Range. The drive takes about 3 hours by road. 

0830 Hours: Arrive at Geta Forest Station; Mt Kipipiri on the southeastern end of the mountain and shortly after some stretches from our instructor the hike begins. Lungs feeling good, challenge yourself with a five-hour hike to the top of Mount Kipipiri.

The complete hike takes 8 to 9 hours to Miharati on the northwestern end, after a gentle climb from Geta Forest Station at 2500m above sea level (asl), to 3345m asl at its summit, then back down to 2430m.

The first sections of the trail are tracks used by tractors harvesting trees from plantations on the lower slopes. These soon peter out to be replaced by animal trails on open meadows with the occasional river crossings.

1100 Hours: Two hours into the hike, the forest changes from the exotic to indigenous trees with lots of undergrowth. The meadows turn to expansive beds of colorful wild flowers, with views of the valleys below dotted with houses, fences and farms appearing from various vantage points.

In some places, the trail ducks under the forest canopy, only to emerge again shortly.

Interestingly, you’ll also encounter local game that happens to be cattle (mostly bulls) driven into the bountiful forest by the neighboring community and left there for years to fend for themselves, until they are old enough for slaughter.

The owners apparently pop into the forest occasionally to supply the stock with salts and administer vaccinations.

A brief pause at a rocky patch halfway to the summit affords you excellent views of the valleys to the east and south, and the slopes of the Aberdares Range. The rest of the way to the summit is undulating, with some drops into small valleys, followed by gentle climbs.

As you get closer, you’ll encounter some marshy sections dotted with clumps of tussock grass that offer convenient stepping points to avoid the soggy ground.

Once past these hurdles, you’ll notice the conspicuously large rock that is Mt Kipipiri summit.

Getting up there is an easy short climb, rewarded with the fantastic, previously unseen panoramas north and west of the mountain. The shimmering Lake Ol Bolosat is clearly visible to the north, while Lake Naivasha can be seen to the west.

1300 Hours: Enjoy your packed lunch at the peak as you view the scenic surroundings

1400 Hours: After lunch we take the descent which is a short steep affair through some forested areas, eventually breaking out onto farmlands after crossing the Electric fence.

1700 HoursMiharati centre is on the Njabini – Ol Kalou tarmac road, a short walk from the forest edge. At Miharati centre, we get our transport back to Nairobi.

2030 Hours: Arrive back to your residence or hotel in Nairobi.

Nairobi Full Day Hiking Tour Mount Kipipiri Prices

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* The tour takes 3 hour travel time from Nairobi to Geta (Mount Kipipiri Forest Reserve) + a 9 hour hike and another 3 hour travel time to Nairobi. You may consider to camp or stay overnight at a hotel near the Mount Kipipiri Forest Reserve. Kindly inquire!

Nairobi Full Day Hiking Tour Mount Kipipiri Prices include:

* Healthy picnic Lunch
* Drinking Bottle water during the Hike
* Services of an armed Ranger and the Forest Guide
* Trip includes Kenya Forest Service Park Entry Fees
* Round trip transport from Nairobi to Mount Kipipiri Forest Reserve

Nairobi Full Day Hiking Tour Mount Kipipiri Prices Excludes:

* Drinks, extra Meals
* Visa and any related fees
* Medical cover & travel personal insurance
* Any other item not mentioned in the inclusive
* Tips or gratuities to your driver guide, ranger & forest guide

Booking & Reservations for Nairobi Full Day Hiking Tour Mount Kipipiri Contacts;

Booking Office Tel: + 254 718-179-967
Mobile/ WhatsApp+ 254 721-242-711
Mobile : + 254 780-242-711

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