nature tramp

7:00am: Leave Nairobi for mt Longonot national park

8:30am: Start the hike up the mountain

10:30am: Reach the Mt Longonot crater rim and go around the crater.

12:30pm: Descend to the base for lunch

2:30pm: Depart for Nairobi 

This is a one day excursion from nairobi to Mt Longonot National Park- One of the best places for hiking near Nairobi.

Mt Longonot is a dormant stratovolcano mountain located some 68km from Nairobi. The mount Longonot height is 2780m above sea level and it has a wide crater at the top with small green trees and volcanic spaced steam vents along the crater wall. The mountain is located inside of a park bearing the same name. 

The hike takes between 3-5 hours depending on pace and fitness. The hike from gate to the crater rim is 3.1km in length but the height gain is rapid and this makes for a stiff climb. One can also decide to circumnavigate the crater rim which is a distance of 7.2km.

– Road trip to Magadi en-route Olorgesailie pre-historic museum.

– Game drive and Bird watching

– Hiking to the view point of the lake

– Hot springs bath- Swimming at the sports club

– Goat roasting and nyama choma.

Day trips to Lake Magadi can be organized for groups like:  Church Groups, Chamas, University and schools, individual visitors and families fun day from Nairobi. This safari is mostly suitable for short stay travellers and budget travellers:  We can also do an overnight trip which will give you more adventure. Day trips safari would entail the following activities:

KILIMAMBOGO HIKING TRIP

Ol Donyo Sabuk national Park draws its name from the Maasai name for a large mountain. Also referred to as  Kilimambogo (Kikuyu) the Park is a frequent destination by both local and foreign tourists due to its proximity to the capital Nairobi.

You can have a clear view of the city (65 km south) while on top of the mountain. Buffalos are a common species as the name Kilimambogo suggests (mountain of buffaloes). Other wildlife includes baboons, colobus monkeys, impala, duiker and bush buck. The park’s attraction is its beauty and views of both Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro. Bikos Africa Tours have designed a day trip to this park that will leave you energized, informed and healthy. Join us every Weekend or any day as we explore more of this buffalo mountain.

Trip Itinerary

7.30am: Depart Nairobi for Kilimambogo expected to arrive at Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park to start the hike at 8.30am

12.30pm: Enjoy your packed lunch or snacks at the peak as you view the scenic surroundings. Take photos as you relax.

4.00 pm: Leave Kilimambogo for Nairobi expecting to arrive at 5.30pm

 What to wear and items to carry;


– Wear comfortable running shoes or hiking boot

– Wear gym/hiking pants (avoid jeans)

– Polyester T-shirt (like the football jerseys) carry an extra one to change after the hike

– Sun glasses

– Hat/cap

– Camera

– Binoculars

– Drinking water (3litres)

– Sun screen

– Heavy snack or picnic Lunch

– Energy Bars

– Poncho or a light Rain Jacket

– Avoid unnecessary Items

Included:

• Transport to and from Kilimambogo

• Park Entry fee

• Armed Ranger Fee

KARURA FOREST HIKING

This forest was saved from destruction in the late 90s, by the actions of the late conservationist and leader of the Green Belt Movement, Professor Wangari Maathai, also a Nobel Peace Laureate, and the forest is now open for all to enjoy it’s attractions.

The forest features a waterfall, a bamboo forest, marshland, Mau Mau caves and an old church, and wildlife species such as monkeys, bush baby, bushbuck, bush pig, porcupine, duiker, genet cat, dik dik, African civet cat and the East African fruit bat. It also has 3 marked trails – of 5 km, 10 km and 15 km, and is cut by 4 tributaries of the Nairobi River. 

It is a wonderful and tranquil place to spend the day, or even a morning, and at any time of the day, you will find riders riding their bikes on the trails, joggers and people walking their dogs. The forest is also used for many fitness events like bootcamps, weddings and other parties.

Karura forest day hike trip is a half day hiking excursion from Nairobi hotel to Karura forest reserve- best place for bird watching, hiking, biking, dog walking and jogging.

Karura forest reserve day hike and nature walk is a Half-day hiking in Karura forest to for bird watching, sightseeing, cave exploration, forest walking, dog walking or biking.

Karura forest reserve is located only 7 minutes to the north of Nairobi. A Karura forest one day hike trip and walk is relaxing and full of great views of birds, small animals and trees.

Half day Karura forest hike is a great way to enjoy nature away from the noise and pollution of the CBD. The Karura forest can be accessed through Kiambu road or Limuru road.

The Kiambu road entrance is opposite the shark place restaurant while the Limuru road entrance is opposite the Belgium embassy just after the bridge.

Walking in Karura forest reserve is fun as you can explore the waterfalls and caves in the forest while watching the birds. There are forest guides for higher at the gate at a rate of Kshs 300 per hour.

You can also buy a Karura Forest guide book at the entrance with a map to do it by yourself. The forest is completely electric fenced and totally secure for walking as long as you have a map.

0900 Hours: Entry into the forest and start of the walk. The guide will explain to you the different species of trees, birds and sites and sounds. Visit the waterfalls, the caves and see the riparian site.

1200 Hours: Depart the forest after a great nature walk and exit the gate. Drive to the village market mall for lunch (at own cost)

1500 Hours: Drop off at your hotel in town

Activities available

In Karura Forest, one can undertake the following activities:

  • Forest walks
  • Forest drives
  • Bird watching
  • Butterfly watching
  • Cycling
  • Running
  • picnicking

MENEGAI CRATER HIKING TRIP

Menengai Crater is a massive shield volcano with one of the biggest calderas in the world, located in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya. It is the largest volcano caldera in Kenya and the second largest volcano caldera in Africa. Farmland occupies its flanks. The volcano was formed about 200,000 years ago and the prominent 12 x 8 km caldera formed about 8000 years ago. The caldera floor is covered with numerous post caldera lava flows. The Menengai volcano is considered one of the best-preserved Krakatau-style calderas in the world. Menengai has very little sediment in the caldera which is a thick mass of lava boulders and inaccessible ridges. Volcanic activity continues and is used for geothermal power generation. Menengai is located 10 km north of Nakuru, the fourth-biggest city in Kenya. 

ITINERARY

7.00 am: Pick up from Jivanjee gardens, have a safari briefing and depart for Nakuru
8:00 am: Stop over at the Great Rift Valley view point for some Photos.

8.30 am: Proceed to Nakuru. We anticipate to reach Menengai crater at around 9:30am in order to have ample hiking time.

9:30 am: We start our hike  which is about 5 kms to the Caldera. Upon arriving at the
Caldera we shall be rewarded with Photos of the scenic Caldera with breathtaking
Views of Nakuru town.

12:00 noon: Take the challenge of going down the crater to have a closer view of the caldera. Going down will be a walk in the park but coming up is the real challenge. This
will take us at least 2-3 hours.

2:30 pm: After the challenge we will have refreshments with some outdoor stretch outs to ease the muscles. Picnic lunch then depart for Nairobi to arrive in the evening.

KEREITA FOREST EXCURSION

Our Day excursion  walk through Kereita Forest starts at the Forest Gate. We will visit a small natural spring in the neighbor hood to view water bubbling from underground. This is actual carbon dioxide gas from the ground.
The trail then goes deeper into the forest, with the undergrowth now getting thicker and more interesting and varied. Giant ferns and climbers abound deep in the forest, competing for the meager light filtering though old gnarled mammoth trees that stand tall and proud, untouched by human exploitation. The sounds of various species of monkeys and birds increasingly become a regular part of the jungle. The trail is hardly discernible due to infrequent visitors to this part of the forest.
After walking up and down two steep river valleys for about two hours, we will pass by Elephant Pool, a large natural water body that Elephants love to frolic in. A further one hour walk will finally bring us to Kereita Waterfall on Gatamaiyu River. To the right side of the waterfall is a cave with a small bat population. Kereita has been classified as an Important Bird Area (IBA), and boasts over 138 species, of which 20 are considered rare.
The whole round hike takes about 6-7 hours

Our scope of action and adventure activities for those seeking an experience in a natural environment includes:

  • Zip-lining
  • Archery
  • Mountain biking
  • Nature walks
  • Paint balling,
  • Fly fishing
  • Team building and
  • Tree planting
  • Horse riding
  • Foot golf
  • Camping

The Forest is all about revitalizing your body and soul through active learning and direct experiences in a safe and friendly environment. So, grab your friend, bring the family or rejuvenate with your colleagues; at The Forest we have you covered. Bikos Africa Tours is  here to provide you with a unique and unforgettable experience.