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Breathtaking Kieni Forest Hiking Trail

Are you looking for an adrenaline pumped hiking experience away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Look no further; we have you covered. Kieni forest, in Kiambu county is part of the greater Aberdare forest with a glimpse of the stunning views of unique scenery that Kenya has to offer. 

Kieni Forest is a moderate level  hiking trail with waterfall features and a majestic canopy which provide the ultimate endurance test as you connect with nature.

What is so special about this trail?

  • Three majestic waterfalls. The forest boasts breathtaking waterfalls as you listen to the calming sound of falling water.
  • Forest trails. The forest has a dense foliage with a wide variety of flora that will leave you awestruck. 
  • Tea farms. You will enjoy beautiful views of lush green farms along the forest trails. 
  • Amazing Views. The forest boasts of stunning landscapes including a close-up view of Nyandarua ranges. 
  • Duff mpararo (swimming). For fans of outdoor swimming Kieni forest is a bathers paradise with natural pools with clean and cool waters originating from Aberdare ranges.

Breathtaking Kieni Forest Hiking Trail

Breathtaking Kieni Forest Hiking TrailChallenge Level

For this breathtaking Kieni Forest Hiking Trail, be prepared for a slippery and wet adventure!

This is a 16km moderate hike. It is suitable for intermediate hikers. The terrain is mostly a gradual slope. However, it gets difficult when it rains due to muddy and slippery terrains. 


For group travel via public service vehicles, the meet-up is at the benches near Bata shop Hilton (opposite Kencom)Nairobi CBD. The guide will be at the meet-up point.

This trip is also self-drive friendly and has safe parking at Gakoe Shopping center.

Getting to the starting point takes about 1 hour 45 minutes. The trailhead is at Kieni KFS Station.

The estimated fare cost is approximately Kshs. 600 and KFS entrance fee of Kshs. 400.

What do you need for the trail?

  • Good hiking boots
  • Trekking pole
  • Backpack
  • Snacks such as nuts, granola bars, fruits, fresh juice,
  • 3L water (bring a reusable water bottle or a hydration pack)
  • Rain Gear/ waterproof jackets
  • Long-sleeved shirts and pants for the thick forest vegetation and warm layered clothing for the cold seasons.

Here’s a list of resources for hiking gear you can check out.

Hiking Gear Vendors – Lets Drift 

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