Nthenge Njeru: The Gem of Embu
The name elicits childhood visits to the grandparents. You think about all the shenanigans you got away with while playing with your cousins from upcountry. You think about the love and subtle lessons from the elders in the village. Nthenge Njeru Falls is the reward on one of the most picturesque hiking trails in Kenya. It is a gem that sits beautifully in the countryside. This is the kind of place that summons you and you cannot help but enjoy it.
- The trek starts on a charming village rough road. This will prepare you for a rustic yet refreshing experience that very few hiking trails in Kenya afford hikers.
- Then you will proceed to walk through a forest of indigenous trees among other vegetation. Walking in the Kirimiri forest is the stuff of fantasies. It is beautiful and dense enough without being imposing. You know there are animals but you are not afraid that a big one will jump out at you.
- This walk will lead you to the Nthenge Njeru Falls. The falls are not a sight you are prepared for. The sound of water thundering down from the mountain is almost deafening but peaceful as well. It is an out of body experience standing there in the full glory of the falls.
- If you are adventurous enough, you can enjoy a swim and wade through the mist of the water from the falls.
Nthenge Njeru is tucked neatly in Embu County. It is one of those moderately difficult treks that beginners hikers can attempt after a few hikes. It will not be an uphill task for the pro hikers however, it can be a little difficult for the novice hikers. Regardless, it will be enjoyable and memorable for all despite their level of hiking expertise.
The central meeting point is on the benches near Bata Hilton Nairobi CBD. From there, we head out to take public transport to Embu town. The journey to the starting point is about two and a half hours long. The cost of transportation is approximately Ksh 800.
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
- Swimming costume and towel
- 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. Nthenge Njeru 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 Nthenge Njeru, we hope to see you on the trails!
For forest lovers and duff mpararo lovers, similar trails to Nthenge Njeru are: