Successfully Defying Table Mountain
If you are coming off the Seven Ponds Trail, then this trek is the thing you were preparing for. Table Mountain is like the Seven Pond’s elder sister who is smarter, more stubborn and even taller but just as delightful. Your ‘zgwembe’ will be on fire and you will sweat off every ounce of breakfast you will have had, but nothing is more worth all of that than the most challenging hiking trails in the Aberdares.
- You will cross a river and/or walk along one. The sound of water flowing gently to its destination will take over your senses. You might forget about the trek and let your mind wander for a while. You might even forget that you are on, perhaps, what will be the worst of all challenging hiking trails you have been on. This is okay.
- Then you will get to the open fields of vegetation with all sorts of colorful wild flowers and grass. You will enjoy the view of the surrounding landscape.
- The sight of shapely rock formations sprouting out of the ground will give it that feel of a fantasy land.
- Then the trail gets a lot more sporadic from there. You will crawl uphill at one point then slide downhill on your behind at another.
- The Table Mountain trek is also forgiving and mindful of you. Once you get to the top, it will reward you with a 360⁰ view of everything spectacular that surrounds the mountain from the sprawling Lake Elementaita to the boisterous Sleeping Warrior.
The Table Mountain trail is moderately challenging in difficulty. It will be a lot more trying if you go during the rainy season. The Aberdare National Park is home to so many hiking trails in Kenya and Table Mountain is one of them.
The central meeting point is on the benches near Bata Hilton Nairobi CBD. From there, we head out to Kikopey town. The journey to the starting point is about two and a half hours long.
The trail is also self-drive friendly in case you don’t want to travel in the Let’s Drift ride.
What do you need for the trail?
- Hiking boots
- Trekking pole
- 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. Being moderately challenging you can bring older active children.
Now that you know about Table Mountain, we hope to see you on the trails!
For thrill seekers who enjoy pushing their limits and those who fancy a good mountain climbing experience, similar trails to Table Mountain are:
Rurimeria and Ndiuni Hill