After finishing Out of Africa by Karen Blixen, I knew I had to visit the Ngong Hills. Blixen’s book has many faults, but her description of the Ngong Hills, on the outskirts of Nairobi, is not one of them.
Blixen was so clearly in love with the landscape near her Kenyan home that I wanted to see for myself if the Ngong Hills were really that amazing.
They were pretty amazing.
We went to the Ngong Hills with two friends, and two guards. (The hills are known for both buffalo and robbers, so we were advised to take armed guards with us while hiking.) We saw neither buffaloes, nor robbers, but maybe they were scared away by our guards.
The hike was great, mostly because we drove up the first hill. That meant we started walking at one of the highest points of the trail. I love a hike that doesn’t involve much uphill walking. (That’s probably why I don’t hike very much.)
We meandered up and down four of the five Ngong Hills, admiring the views of the Great Rift Valley below. We took pictures of the beautiful wild flowers growing on the hill-side. We snacked on trail mix and granola bars.
It was a short and lovely hike, which helped me understand why Karen Blixen was so enamored with her adopted home land.