OUT&ABOUT: The turquoise blue pools of Ngare Ndare; Tom Mwiraria; Daily Nation

Kenya – Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest

The walk, the hills, the breeze, the forest sounds, the sky, like a treasure found and voluntarily, surrendered.


  • The forest was recently included as an extension of the Mount Kenya UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ngare Ndare forest hosts 200 year-old trees, giving a home to a variety of bird and animal species.
  • The town was what a village becomes with no prior planning. Every building was different from the other, borrowing here and there from the architecture of another era.
  • In the Ngare Ndare river, swimming and diving is allowed; for those willing to brave the chilly waters. The visitors can take guided forest walks, mountain biking and camping.
  • The daily fee in the forest is Sh 500. There is an additional Sh 1,000 for camping and a further Sh1000 for armed security.

Ngare Ndare means goat waters in the Maa language.

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