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Enjoying the Simple Things on the Bathi Walk

A day at Bathi Dam will remind you of simpler times. It provides the luxury of just sitting around doing nothing, letting your mind run free and speculating about the shapes of clouds. The Bathi Walk will admit you into a world that may have only previously existed in your imagination or on the screensaver of your laptop. This experience is filed under beginner friendly hiking trails but it is more than just a walk. It is an experience. It is an event.

Key Attractions

  • The Bathi Walk is short. It is meant to offer you only a slight spike in adrenaline before you get to the expanse of greenery where you will sit and enjoy the rest of your day. You need this is the kind of weekend after you have been used and abused by employers and clients. It is the kind of weekend you need when you are feeling shredded to pieces and with little left to give the world. 
  • The Bathi dam is nestled among trees. Nothing but the sound of rustling leaves and the whistle of wind will surround you. You might notice quiet little villages in the distance with people who are so used to the view and the enchantment of Bathi dam that they do not recognize the wonder of it anymore. You might offer them a passing thought and attempt to speculate what they could be doing or talking about in those little homes tucked so far away from the chaos of the city. In the far distance, you will catch a brief glimpse of hills and mountains as they chase the horizon.
  • Sitting on the green grass, not caring one bit about the possibility of stains, you might be lucky enough to catch a fish or two if you brought a rod. If not, simply lean back and engage the clear blue skies in a staring contest.



Challenge Level

The Bathi Walk is one of many serene beginner friendly hiking trails in Kenya. It is a gem hidden in a remote village off the Nairobi-Nakuru highway. For this weekend, you should pack light and prepare to leave all your troubles at the dam.


The central meeting point is on the benches near Bata Hilton Nairobi CBD. From there, we head out to take public transport to Gichiengo. The journey to the starting point is about one and a half hours long. 

 Also, the trail is self-drive friendly in case you don’t want to take public transport.

What do you need for the trail?

  • 3Ltrs water (bring a reusable bottle or a hydration pack)
  • Snacks: fruit salad, energy drink, warm beverage, biscuits, sandwich, trail mix (nuts), etc.
  • Personal items (ID, pocket money, hand sanitizer, facemask, phone, and camera, Lighter, Pocket Knife, and First-aid Kit)
  • Fishing supplies
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, sun protection

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?

Yes. Your children will enjoy the wide open spaces. Additionally, they will enjoy playing by the water and just generally being outside. 

Now that you know about Bathi Walk, we hop to book you on the next trip!

Similar trails

If you are a fan of beginner friendly hiking trails in Kenya, Book now, be notified when tickets become available. Similar trails to the Bathi Walk are: 

Theta Dam Trek and Nyanduma