Double Scoop of Joy from the Double Tier Waterfalls of Kimakia
When you are about to embark on a moderately challenging hiking trail, you never know what to expect unless you have been there before. You only expect to sweat a little bit, breathe fresh air, see some trees and maybe even some birds. Beyond that, everything else is a surprise. At the Kimakia Trail you will be pleasantly surprised. Of course, you will get the basics but so will you be in awe of everything every step you take.
- One of the best things you will see on your walk on the Kimakia trail, really one of the best things you will see in your life, is the two-tier waterfall. It is also one of the best things you will hear. The sound of water as it thunders down the first tier then proceeds to the second is nothing short of breathtaking and life-affirming. In fact, this can be the whole point of your trail. You can bring a picnic and just enjoy the booming sound of the falls with your eyes closed and a sandwich in your mouth.
- You will encounter a little piece of Kenyan history when you encounter a huge ‘mugumo’ tree. Your guide will explain exactly what this kind of tree means in Kenyan culture.
- The trail will have you crossing Chania River, which can be a little scary but it is also an unforgettable experience. Wading through the water, with nothing else on your mind but how to carefully take the next step and proceed to the other side.
- Perfectly placed on the outskirts of Gatanga, the Kimakia Trail provides a perfect view of the Nyandarua Ranges.
- It also means that you will get to walk through a forest of indigenous trees and lush greenery.
The Double Scoop of Joy from the Double Tier Waterfalls of Kimakia Trail is moderately challenging largely owing to the varied terrain. Bring whatever you are asked to bring and an open mind, it will not matter if you are a beginner or not.
The central meeting point is on the benches near Bata Hilton Nairobi CBD. From there, we head out to take public transport to Gatanga. The journey to the starting point is about two hours long. The cost of transportation is approximately Ksh 500.
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
- Extra pair of shoes
- Trekking pole
- Swimming costume and towel
- Rain coat or sunscreen and sunhat depending on season
- Warm clothing
- 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.
Can you bring your kids with you?
Yes. Kimakia is a child-friendly trail for children above 10 years. It’s a moderate hike where you can bring your family with you for a fun-filled weekend.
Now that you know about Kimakia, we hope to see you on the trails!
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