Ngare Ndare Forest
Ngare Ndare Forest
Ngare Ndare Forest is a remarkable forest in Kenya, located near Mount Kenya National Park. The forest covers an area of about 5,554 hectares and is known for its breathtaking beauty and diverse ecosystems.
It is characterized by its lush vegetation, clear rivers and waterfalls. It is home to a variety of tree species, including majestic cedars and yews. The forest is also home to an abundance of wildlife, including elephants, buffaloes, monkeys, leopards, zebras and many others.
One of the main attractions is the spectacular Ngare Ndare River. Along the turquoise river are numerous natural pools and waterfalls that invite you to swim and refresh yourself.
Another notable feature of the Ngare Ndare Forest are the famous blue water holes. These natural pools are colored blue due to the high mineral content in the water and offer a unique swimming experience amidst the picturesque surroundings of the forest.
What to do and see:
The Forest also offers a variety of activities for visitors.
A unique feature of the Forest is the treetop trails, which allow you to walk through the treetops on elevated paths. From here you have a spectacular view of the forest. You can also enjoy zip-lining adventures across the Ngare Ndare River.
It is home to a variety of wildlife.
You can spot elephants, buffaloes, monkeys, leopards, zebras and various bird species. A guided safari or a walk through the forest allows you to observe these fascinating animals in their natural environment.
The forest offers numerous hiking trails that you can explore to discover the diverse flora and fauna. While hiking, you can admire the impressive trees, plants and birds and enjoy the tranquillity of nature.
Ngare Ndare Forest also offers camping facilities so you can spend the night in the forest. You can pitch your tent and experience the sounds of nature around you. There are also special picnic areas where you can relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the forest.
How to get there:
The forest is about a five-hour drive (233 km) The drive from Nairobi takes you to Nanyuki town and on to Timau town after a short ride of about 15 km leads you to the main entrance of the Ngare Ngare Forest.
The Forest is subject to a distinct dry and rainy season.
The dry season usually lasts from December to February and from June to September. During the dry season, daytime temperatures can rise to over 30°C during the day and nights are much cooler.
The rainy season runs from March to May and from October to November, during which time rainfall is more intense.
During this time, temperatures are somewhat milder, with daytime highs around 25 °C.