Yes, you may go for a day walk up Mt Kenya and return to Nairobi the same day. At 5199m above sea level (asl), this mountain is the highest in Kenya and the second highest in Africa, attracting both local and international hikers and climbers lured by its snow-capped summits, spectacular landscape, and the challenge of the climb. Climbs often last 3 to 5 days for those aiming for the highest points. For those with limited time, the places near the mountain base can offer provide a satisfying experience.
Naromoru Route Description
Buffaloes, elephants, black leopards, lions, hyenas, several types of antelopes, monkeys, birds, and hyraxes, among other animals, abound in Mt Kenya National Park. The Naro Moru path is the closest to Nairobi of the three popular ways up the mountain, with the Naro Moru Park Gate located around 175 kilometers from Nairobi and 15 kilometers from Naro Moru town. If you’re traveling from Nairobi, it’s the obvious pick for a day trek.
How to Get There
Take Naro Moru matatus from their Tea Room Stage near the intersection of Accra Rd and River Rd if taking public transportation. They charge around Kshs 250 for a one-way trip.
Take matatus to Kiambuthia, a village about 3 kilometers from the Park Gate, from Naro Moru. You may need to haggle with the matatu to be dropped off directly at the Park Gate and then picked up later. The one-way matatu fare here is around Ksh 50.
If you’re driving, go Thika Road all the way to Karatina. Turn right onto the signposted road to Nanyuki and travel to Naro Moru town after another 12.5 kilometers towards Nyeri. Take a right onto the Mt Kenya road, which is clearly marked. Follow the signs for 15 kilometers to the Naro Moru Park Gate.