Not only is hiking outdoors good for your overall mood and health, but it is also a great way to bond with your family and friends. Life in the city can get busy and boring, so a good hike once in a while can help you relax your mind and body, and at the same time help keep you fit. If you are a lover of nature and enjoy hiking then you have to try out these places within Nairobi. They are not only easily accessible and safe to hike in, but these nature trails will leave your mind and body refreshed!
The Oloolua Nature Trail
Located along Karen Road in Nairobi, Oloolua nature trail is amazing for some quiet reflective walk or noisy group hiking. Besides the nature trail, this place offers picnic services, cycling services and camping services. The terrain is moderately easy with sites such as waterfalls, papyrus reeds, bamboos, a cave and a few animals. The ambience and serenity is worth it if that’s your thing.
Just 20 minutes away from Nairobi city centre, Karura Forest is a breath of fresh air if you’re looking for a place to go hiking! The nature trail also offers bicycling and picnic services at an additional cost on top of the entrance fee. Additionally, Karura Forest is pet friendly so if your dog needs a walk, you can tag it along with you when going jogging or hiking. There is also a nice restaurant inside with a great selection of meals and drinks and plenty of car parking space!
The Nairobi Arboretum
Located along state house road in the area of Kilimani, Nairobi this park is great for outdoor activities such as hiking. The environment is not only peaceful but refreshing especially if you’re out with family and friends. There’s a forest with a footpath offering a refreshing breeze where you can enjoy and interact with nature. You will thank me for this one!
Giraffe Centre Nature Trail
Apart from seeing and feeding giraffes, this centre offers it’s visitors a nature trail experience at no additional cost! The nature trail extends up to 1.5 kilometres and goes down to the snaking Gogo River. And if you want to see its source, you can go up to the View Point which is breathtaking. Even though there aren’t any guides on the trail, the hiking experience here is very safe except for the smaller animals such as the dik-dik and squirrels which are harmless. An alternate route back to the centre will pass you by the Warthog Den. Be careful that one doesn’t come springing after you from the deep black holes!