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Kenze Gorges

Have you ever tried hiking in Ukambani? If not, you might want to try out this unique hiking experience in Makueni County. The Kenze river trek lies on the hills of Kilome. The starting point is at Mukaa, a little town where the first inland mission was started in 1903. From the town, we head down to the surrounding hills where a few residents live. Then, we walk along a lush green temporary river line with unique rock formations and rock pools

What is so special about this trail

  • Breathtaking geological formations. You might want to come to check out mother nature showing off the beautiful rock formations on this trail.
  • Kenze river gorge. If you’ve seen rivers and wondered what was on the riverbed, Kenze river gorge shows you the secrets that have been hidden under the water.
  • Duff mpararo (swimming). If you love swimming outdoors, there is a rock pool where you can jump in to cool down from the Makueni heat.



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This is a moderate hike. The distance is about 12km. The environment can get very hot and dry, thus you need plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

The trail also has some slippery rocks so ensure you have good shoes and watch your step.


The central meeting point is Nairobi CBD on the benches near Bata Hilton. From there, we head out to take public transport to Mukaa.

 The journey to the starting point is about an hour long. The cost of transportation to and from the starting point is approximately Ksh 800.

There is also a community fee of Ksh 300

 The trail is also self-drive-friendly if you don’t want to take public transport. There is safe parking near the starting point.

What do you need for the trail?

  • Hiking boots
  • Trekking pole
  • Backpack
  • Snacks such as nuts, granola bars, fruits, fresh juice,
  • 3 – 4 litres 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 the best hiking gear in Nairobi.

Hiking Gear Vendors – Lets Drift 

Can you bring your kids with you?

This trail is not suitable for children under the age of 12. You can bring older, more active kids for a fun-filled weekend.

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