The new quails in town, hahaha! Well, I wasn’t amused of the quails trend(every other year there is a season they appear around my village) so I had to do this. I also missed going to Chaka Ranch when all the ‘Cheers Baba’ guys were taking their spouses and friends. So we planned one to Ngare Ndare Forest.
Ngare Ndare area is a few kilometres just past Nanyuki, off Timau town. Ngare Ndare Forest itself is a lush indigenous forest at the foothills of Mt. Kenya. With it’s zure pools glisten at the bottom of waterfalls and 200 year old trees that stretch into the canopy supporting a rich variety of bird and animal life. The forest is a vital corridor that links the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to Mount Kenya, and one which elephants have been using for centuries.
The attractions at Ngare Ndare Forest includes waterfalls. The waters here are chilly since they flow from Mt Kenya. The brave are allowed to swim in these waters, and one can even dive from a cliff. Of course this is all done under supervision of the Forest Guards.
There is a number of walking and mountain bike trails that snake through the forest, and guides are available to accompany visitors who wish to explore them. Two campsites with basic facilities mean visitors can stay overnight, and all camping fees going to the Trust to help with running costs.
Ngare Ndare boasts of a 1KM canopy walk. The long boardwalk provides visitors with a monkeys-eye-view of the flora and fauna below, and often black rhino, elephant and buffalo can be sighted from up there too. We were not lucky on our visit. We however spotted a herd of elephants just before the gate.
Entrance: Ksh. 2000 per person (For groups of people less than 10) or Ksh. 1000 per person (For groups of people more than 10). A fee of Ksh 1,000 per person is also payable for camping and Ksh 1000 for armed security.
It is mandatory to call ahead and inform them of your visit, and getting the directions right(DO NOT DEPEND ON GOOGLE MAPS). Contact Dominic on 0722 886 456 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read The Kenyan Camper’s post here if you want more information about camping in the forest.