The Oloroka massif, which reaches a peak of 2048 meters above sea level (olesekut top), is one of two mountains that border the little town of Oltepesi, also known as Tinga, which sits on the Great Rift Valley’s bottom at 1000 meters above sea level. Mt Olorgesaille, located southwest of town and adjacent to the world-famous Prehistoric site of the same name, is another well-known hill. As you go southwest towards Magadi, Oloroka is roughly 35 kilometers from Kiserian town and 60 kilometers from Nairobi. During dry seasons when grazing in the lowlands is depleted, the Maasai graze their cattle on its slopes, however, this hill is largely uninhabited.
Hiking Mount Oloroka
The Oloroka mountain, and its Olesekut top, are great for a day trek because they are so near to Nairobi. The Olesekut walk from the Ngong Hillside is a simple way to climb this peak. The method presented here is a westward approach from the rift valley bottom. This climb is around 10 kilometers long and takes 3 to 4 hours to reach the peak and another 3 hours to return. The terrain is largely rocky and steep, with tall grass in the top regions making every step difficult because you’re stepping on loose pebbles. Views of the surrounding scenery and distant hills in all directions are stunning as you climb higher.
Despite the arid circumstances on the mountain, some unique flora appears to flourish at high elevations. Due to the absence of regular people ascending on this side of the mountain, there is no apparent track in the highest parts. It is highly recommended that you hire a native Maasai guide for this tour.
How to Get There
Take Kiserian matatu number 126 from Nairobi Railway Station if traveling via public transport. Take another matatu to Kiserian and alight roughly 5 kilometers before Oltepesi on Magadi Road (Tinga).
If you’re driving, follow Langata Road to Bomas of Kenya, then turn right into Magadi Road. Drive straight via Ongata Rongai, Kiserian, Corner Baridi, and Kisamis to Oltepesi, where you may pick up a hiking guide.
Mount Oloroka Guides
Because this hill is on Maasai community territory, you’ll need a native mountain guide to trek it. The guides at Mount Oloroka near Oltepesi are familiar with the area’s trails and can also provide information on the flora and history.