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A Sleeping Warrior Who is Anything But

This is a rich rich country. The number of unique hiking trails in this country is bigger than any country deserves. The Sleeping Warrior, named after its appearance, is huge. When you stand at the foot of the hill, you cannot help but take a moment. One moment to look up and appreciate the impending climb to the peak that seems to sniff the clouds. The Sleeping Warrior is anything but asleep. It is alive and awake. You will feel its life pulsating through your feet into your body with every step you take uphill until you stand on the tip of the Warrior’s nose. 

Key Attractions

  • The journey to the Sleeping Warrior will take you on a walk along Lake Elementaita. With the flamingoes and the breeze from the water. It is the hors d’oeuvre before the main course that is an afternoon on one of the most unique hiking trails in Kenya. 
  • Then comes the climb. You will need to scale the Sleeping Warrior’s face with one thing in mind, that this is about to be worth it. 
  • The Sleeping Warrior lays his head on plains. There are no forests surrounding the hill. This means that once you get to the top, you will have a clear view of everything on the plains. You will see the spread of pink flamingoes on the lake, hot springs in the distance and all sorts of animals that wander around the plains. 

sleeping warriorChallenge Level

The trek to and climb on the Sleeping Warrior is only moderately challenging in addition to being one of the unique hiking trails in Kenya. It is the perfect day trip with both a view to let your mind wander and a rocky climb to challenge your muscles. 


The central meeting point is on the benches near Bata Hilton Nairobi CBD. From there, we head out to take public transport to Kikopey. The journey to the starting point is about two and a half hours long. The cost of transportation is approximately Ksh 800. There is also an additional fee of about Kshs 300 for entrance since it is a KWS manned area.

 The trail is also self-drive friendly in case you don’t want to take public transport.

What do you need for the trail?

  • Hiking boots
  • Trekking pole
  • Sunhat and sunscreen
  • Backpack
  • Snacks such as nuts, granola bars, fruits, fresh juice,
  • 3 Litres of water (bring a reusable water bottle or a hydration pack)

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

Hiking Gear Vendors – Lets Drift 

Can you bring your kids with you?

No. The Sleeping Warrior might not be the best hike to tag your kids along. Although, if they are capable, you can bring the older kids. 

Now that you know about Sleeping Warrior, we hope to see you on the trails!

Similar trails

If you enjoy a good climb with a great view at the end, similar trails to the Sleeping Warrior are: 

Ngong Hills and Lake Ellis