Kijabe trail was the gift that kept giving. I’m not sure whether that’s a good analogy to use given that hiking is physically engaging and challenging but let’s just flow with it.

The goal for the Kijabe hike was to traverse through a series of rolling hills from Mai Mahiu – Longonot road to Nairobi – Nakuru highway, about 21kms in total. Longonot is spectacularly visible from the start point and I was especially proud that I had already conquered that one last year December. It’s a very rewarding feeling.

The trail is characterized by a lot of thorny thickets that give way to local farms. Caution should be exercised and having the right gear that covers your ankles, legs and arms properly is of paramount importance to avoid incidences with the thorns. Nonetheless a couple of scratches here and there are hard to avoid.

The climb from the starting point is not really technical but quite steep. We were lucky that the weather wasn’t too hot giving us the much reprieve needed. We trudge on and make it to the first summit by around 12pm. At the summit we meet a couple of kids who were busy herding their sheep. It was interesting to realize that going up and down these hills was very much a part of their normal routines on the weekends.

After resting for a while we headed down and trekked through a local town and back onto the railway line. We must have followed the railway line for about an hour before making it to a gorge that marked the 2nd ascent.

The second trail was marked by heavy thicket, an indication of minimal human interference. The more we gained altitude the thicket would give way to a rocky terrain with lose gravel. After a couple of false summits we finally made it out to the edge of the forest – the end point – where the bus was waiting for us.

Kijabe hill was a moderate level hike. It tested our endurance levels at all points of the hike. Proper hiking gear especially shoes with proper grip are of utmost importance for this hike. Luckily it didn’t rain nonetheless it is always safe to carry rain gear, the weather on mountains / hills changes rapidly.

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Sadly I lost all images of this hike, which is extremely sad 🙁 . I’m still fumbling with technology and getting a hang on this blogging thing. Kindly bear with me.