|Distance from Nairobi||About 55km|
|Starting Point||Olonana Country Club|
|Ending point||Olonana Country Club|
|Walking Duration||7 hours|
|Terrain||Dirt trails with some rocky areas.|
|Difficulty||Moderate, with some steep climbing.|
For those who like getting off the beaten track, then Ole Sayeti is one such place. A trip to this little known hill on the floor of the Great Rift Valley about 50km from Nairobi, makes for a great day hike within easy reach of the City. This hike takes you through semi-arid Maasai country, unscarred by excess modern developments and devoid of throngs of tourists. It sits on Intashat plain off the Ngong Circular Road, barely 10km from the imposing Ngong Hills range to the east.
If you start off from Kona Maziwa on Magadi Road 1km from Olonana Country Club, the round-trip hike to Ole Sayeti takes about 7 hours. Look for a westbound trail heading straight towards Ole Sayeti Hill from this shard bend on Magadi Road. This trail descends to the Ngong circular road linking Kisamis to Ngong Town. Turn right onto this road and walk up to a bridge under construction, where another trail to the left heads straight for the Hill. Along the way, you will pass a School, a Church, and various Maasai Manyattas, before getting to the foot of the Hill. You’ll also encountered an occasional splash of colourful wildflowers breaking the monotony of the ubiquitous leleshwa and other dryland bushes.
Once at the base of the hill, the climb to the top takes about an hour.From the summit, you get to sample a panoramic view of the surrounding country, including the much higher Ngong Hills eastward across the Intashat plain, Oloroka to the west, and a large water mass to the north.
Getting therematatu number 126 from the Nairobi Railway Station. At Kiserian, get another matatu headed down Magadi Road, and alight at Kona Maziwa, the sharp bend 1km after Olonana Country Club. The fare to Kiserian is about Ksh 70 one way, with a further Ksh 50 to get to Kona Maziwa.
If driving, take Langata Road till Bomas of Kenya, turn right on to Magadi Road, and drive past Ongata Rongai, Kiserian and Corner Baridi till Kisamis. Turn right onto the Ngong Circular Road and drive past a bridge till the J.M. Kariuki memorial marker, where you’ll turn left and drive till the foot of the Hill.
It’s free to hike on this hill. However, it would help to get a local guide to show you the trails and explain the local features, places and history, in which case you’ll only pay the guide for his services.
One such guide, Paul Kalaile (Tel 0202014970, Cell:0714155872, email: firstname.lastname@example.org), was kind enough to provide his contact in the comments below. You’ll need to contact him one or two days in advance, to schedule a visit with him.