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Reaching Across the Pipes in Thiririka

Just from the name Thiririka, one can guess it has something to do with water. The way the name rolls off your tongue is like water flowing in a river. With so many attractions for hiking in Kenya, it is amazing that waterfalls and water are still a sight to behold. One would think that after seeing water fall in one place they would not be amazed by water falling in another place. But, it is always amazing. Is it the sound? Is it the way the water seems like it is reluctantly accepting its fate then giving up the urge to fight on the way down then finally just throwing caution to the wind? Or maybe it is the way the water hits the water pooled at the foot of the fall that is so mesmerizing? We might never find out. Until then, we continue to enjoy hikes like the Thiririka trail

Key Attractions

  • The Thiririka trail boasts two waterfalls that seem to be on opposite sides of the aisle. The first one, called Tumathi Falls is a simple stream of water just falling effortlessly and elegantly. Lore has it that the name was originally ‘too much’ but Kenyans with their penchant for language renamed it to that. The second waterfall is wider and seems to be stretching out to invite you in. Both falls feel gentle but firm, kind of like an African mother. To reach from one to the other, you have to cross a bridge made out of big water pipes. Here you will have to master your balancing act and forget all about your fear of heights.
  • The trails leads you along the Thiririka River. It is always interesting to watch a river at different points. Rivers really are like humans. It will thin out in some points and only slowly flow along. But at some points it will be formidable and loud, like it is only letting its banks confine it as a favor to nature. 


Challenge Level

The Thirirkia Trail holds a beginner friendly hiking experience. On this hiking experience, you can be spoilt and take small sips of water as you walk like the connoisseur of soft life that you are. It is easy like Sunday morning with a sun that does not shine too brightly and a terrain that will probably be nice to you…for some of the way at least. 


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

 The trail is NOT self-drive friendly.

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)
  • Trekking pole
  • Change of clothes and shoes in case you get wet or muddy.
  • 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. You can bring children over 12 on the Thiririka trail. It is easy enough for them to manage and tough enough to wear them out and earn you a quiet evening. 

Now that you know about the Thiririka Trail, we hope to see you on the trails!

Similar trails

If you enjoy hiking in Kenya and would like to do it some more, Book now, be notified when tickets become available. Similar trails to Thiririka are: 

Kimakia and Bathi