Elephant Hill, Aberdares

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23 Responses

  1. Eugene says:


    Thanks so much for the details about the Elephant Hill hike.

    What I would love to know is if there are any other costs apart from the armed escort?

    • JamboNairobi says:

      Thanks for asking Eugene. The only other costs are your transport from/to Nairobi, and for the lunch or snacks you bring along. The rangers don’t have a fixed cost, so be prepared to negotiate 🙂

      • Eugene says:

        Thanks for the reply JamboNairobi. Am heading there on April 17th, so I am definitely looking forward to it.

  2. Jenn says:

    Thanks for all the information. We are thinking of heading from Nairobi to Njabini the night before. Do you know if anywhere in Njabini or around to stay?

  3. Jenn says:

    Regarding a place to stay, I should add we’ll be making our way by public transport and there’ll be 2 or 3 of us.
    Thanks again!

    • JamboNairobi says:

      Thanks for asking Jenn. You’ll be able to get Lodging facilities at Njabini Market. If you prefer camping and have your own tent, you can pitch at the Park Gate. They have tap water and toilet facilities.
      I would suggest you also call Julius (0725 408029), one of the Rangers at the Park Gate, to make advance arrangements for Park entry and armed escort. Nowadays they charge standard KWS rates at this place.
      Enjoy the hike!

  4. Jenn says:

    Thanks for your quick reply. Definitely worth calling ahead at this time of year – we’ve just been advised by the rangers not to even attempt to climb tomorrow because of recent rain.

  5. Ben says:

    I am planning to take a church youth group of about 70 guyz to the Abadares for a day trip. How ideal is the place for such a group, and are there any activities that can engage in, save for the hiking e.g an open field for games/ activities?

    Thank you

  6. Wandia says:

    I would like to hike there at the end of October. Kindly advise if this is a good time to hike or is it too wet and treacherous? It will be a day hike from Nairobi and back.
    Thank you.

  7. charles says:

    hello was asking how much does one pay as entry fee….n apart from charges with the armed escort are there any other charges

    • LivinginNairobi says:

      Click on the KWS Tariffs link provided above to get the entry fees. You’ll get all other details from the KWS website.

  8. Sammy A. says:

    Thanks for this info, really helpful. We are a group of friends planning to go there this weekend, 15 nov 2014, and would like to invite anyone who would want to join in. please email se71411@gmail.com

  9. Andrew Gregory says:

    Hi there, We went up the Elephant yesterday (18.10.15). Entry fees for resident are 1,200/- pp & you have to take a guide at a cost of 3,500/-. We thought the charge for a guide was over the top.
    On the way down we passed a group of over 20 with one guide. The group were spread out over 1km, make the use of a guide ineffectual. Furthermore the group were largely inappropriately dressed. one person was wearing flip flops and another sandals and none seemed to be having rain gear and few carried water. In addition litter was discarded on the walk. The KWS need to set some basic rules and regulations if this is to be maintained as a good experience. Furthermore, they should publish the rates on site – they were not.
    Andrew Gregory

    • LivinginNairobi says:

      Thanks for sharing your experience Andrew. KWS recently re-designed their website and forgot to restore the Tariffs page. I hope they are paying attention to this helpful feedback.

      • Ernestine says:

        Hi, we were thinking about doing the same hike tomorrow (12 dec 2015) and were wondering what places there are to stay in the park at the foot of the hill or just outside the park?

      • LivinginNairobi says:

        The KWS have a campsite at the Njabini Park Gate for those coming with their own tent, cooking gear etc. If you are thinking of a lodging, I’m not familiar with the facilities at Njabini town. It you call the KWS Sector Warden (listed above), he can advice you.

  10. collins Mindoti says:

    We had a hike on 9th July 2016 It was much awesome and we thank alot the support of this Game warden Called Mr Julius be blessed..

  11. Romeo Rimui says:

    Does the trail allow for pets?

  12. Jeffery says:

    Does the trail allow for pets?

  13. LivinginNairobi says:

    To my knowledge, pets are not allowed.

  14. Mellow says:

    What are the requirements for a hike in elephant hill camp Aberdare

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