Adventure rocks in the Kipeto Trail
Have you wanted to try out bouldering before but have no idea where to start? A hike in Kipeto could be a great start for you. Located in Kajiado county, the trail starts off in a sparsely populated community area where we then descend into the gorges.
The trail changes from thick shrubs to cool, dry river beds and will literally rock your world! Just a tip, you will be using your hands a lot too, so this could be the upper body workout you’ve been missing out on.
What is special about this trail
- Boulders. Come and build both your upper and lower body strength as you boulder in Kipeto. There are plenty of boulders for you to test your resilience and strength
- Gorges. There are beautiful gorges, some of which lead to dry river beds, where you can relax and take in the scenery.
- Panoramic views. Kipeto boasts spectacular views of the Magadi plateau, Mt Oregesaile and Shompole can be seen from afar.
- Caves. Along one of the river beds, lie cool caves which offer relief from the heat in Kipeto
Kipeto is a 10km, moderate hike that is suitable for intermediate hikers.
The terrain has a lot of loose slippery rocks so make sure to watch your steps to avoid falling. There are also thorny bushes, therefore ensure that you have long-sleeved shirts and pants to avoid getting scratches.
The environment is also hot and dry so ensure you have 3-4 litres of water to avoid dehydration.
The central meeting point is on the benches near Bata Hilton Nairobi CBD. From there, we head out to take public transport to Ngong town, then to Kipeto trail.
The fare for the day is approximately Ksh 560, and there is a community fee of Ksh 250.
The trail is NOT self-drive-friendly.
What do you need for the trail?
- Hiking boots
- Trekking pole
- Snacks such as nuts, granola bars, fruits, fresh juice,
- 3 – 4Litres of water (bring a reusable water bottle or a hydration pack).
- Sunhat and sunscreen
- Shades to protect your eyes from the sun
- Quick-dry clothes
Here’s a list of resources for hiking gear you can check out.
Can you bring your kids with you?
No. The trail is NOT child friendly.
If you like Kipeto, you might also want to try out Ololosokwan, which also has a lot of bouldering and if you like caves, you might want to try out Maumau caves
Now that you know all about Kipeto, when are you signing up?