Best Hiking Trails In Kenya: Gatamaiyu Forest

best hiking trails in kenya

Gatamaiyu Riverine Forest gladly boasts of having the most exquisite and picturesque hiking trails in Kenya. It’s conveniently located only 45-minutes away from Nairobi’s chaotic CBD.

A day trip to this magnificent forest will not only provide much-needed peace but also reveal unspoiled historic nature.


Did you know that the mau mau warriors made use of the Gatamaiyu Forest fog to ambush intruders and whites. Ultimately securing Kenya’s independence?


Neither did I. Until embarking on my first hike ever with this amazing group of adventure seekers dubbed “Let’s Drift Kenya.”



Hiking trails in Kenya


Undoubtedly, hiking might not be for everyone. Rather, not for the faint-hearted or terribly unfit humans like yours truly. Regardless, there’s just something magical about this 12KM trail that will keep you going till the end. Exhausted or not.


A total 5hour trek through the best hiking trails in Kenya involves a vast view of the Kikuyu landscape, straight into the lush green forest with an unbeaten path; down a long trail of rocks immersed in water (a thrilling maze I must add) caves and lastly pristine inviting waterfalls.



They say, traveling alone will open up your mind, body, and soul to the world. While traveling with the company will guarantee shared memories.


I accidentally met these amazing passionate individuals from Let’s Drift Kenya who’ve made it their lives mission to discover Kenya’s hidden gems. They want to dispel the notion that travel is expensive and are actively building a community around like-minded individuals.


Hiking trails in kenya

The best part is that a tour with them is ABSOLUTELY FREE. It includes

  •  A free guided tour
  • Free photography
  • Beautiful scenery (caves, vast landscapes & waterfalls)
  • The chance to network and
  • An afternoon jet packed with memories of a lifetime


& The Trail

Picture sliding down a steep slope and hoping not to fall straight through a small green thicket. The only barrier between you and the river down below. While grasping at whatever appears to be steady.


Hiking trails in kenya


Or making ones way across the edge of a cliff, only wide enough to carry one leg at a time -while clinging on to a tree branch. A conspicuous tree branch that grew somehow between the rocks. Exciting right? No terrifying.

There’s a fear that checks in right before one embarks on a new hurdle. Impossible as it may be seen, although I discovered the beauty of trying out new things is the amazing feeling one gets after every accomplishment.


Hiking trails in kenya

During this trip i picked up a few tips and tricks that might come in handy on your next hike.

Hiking Essentials

  • Comfortable shoes
    A must, it’s even better if you own a pair of hiking boots
  •  A small bag
    Where you can carry all your essentials, a packed snack, camera, and a sweater.
  • Lots & lots of water
    After hiking for the 12km non-stop you really get to fully understand the saying water is life.
  • Can-do attitude
  • Also, avoid talking so much. This will save you a lot of energy.
  • Hat
  •  Light clothing
    In all honesty, I hadn’t realized this would be a full on sweat, water, rocks dirt kind of hike.


I’d envisioned walking for utmost 3km, taking cute pictures then calling it a day. But, boy was I wrong! Honestly, for the life of you do not wear jeans, opt for gym attire, a sports bra and don’t bother with things like a watch. It gets very tedious and uncomfortable. You wanna be freer than as a bird



Hiking trails in kenya
This cost breakdown only applies if you choose to use public transportation and after you’ve contacted Let’s Drift Kenya for the free tour.


Nairobi CBD to Githunguri – (100- 120) ksh

  • Prices vary depending on where you chose to board the matatu. You can take an Express matatu to Githunguri from downtown Nairobi CBD from a place called Kaka stage (100KSH)


  • Alternatively, connect from Nairobi CBD – Kiambu Town – Githunguri Town (120KSH)


On our way back from the hike, we took board motorbikes back to the Githunguri town stage. They covered approximately 7KM but only charged us 50ksh each!


Other hiking trails in Kenya include

  1. Hell’s Gate
  2. Chyula Hills
  3. Karura Forest
  4. Ngong Hills
  5. Oloolua Nature Trail
  6. Mt Kenya
  7. Menengai Crater


A day trip to Gatamaiyu forest is the perfect opportunity to clear your head, unwind or escape. Do make a point to head out there & thank me later LOL



Ever hiked before? Do share your experience down below. Also, enjoy some pictures by the talented Ceekay_Money (I.G)


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Taken by @Ceekay -instagram

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  1. Beautiful description n beautiful scenery as seen on your photos.
    i just love the way you do your blogs.very easy to understand and I enjoy my self reading as if am the one on tour by the way you describe on your wall.

  2. Awesome piece….it was so much fun ☺

    1. Ha! You gave me strength aki ?

  3. This is amazing! Definitely going to try the drift guys!!???

    1. Yaaaiy! I hope you have the time of your life Kenz?

  4. Looking forward to an Adventure book from you soonest possible…I’m in love with your poetry.. Made me feel like i was right there with you

    1. Lol Alex glad you enjoyed. Sasa next time come for one of the trips

  5. Such great scenarios. Would love to explore kenya!

    1. Yeah, you should definitely come?

  6. You make me want to get up and get going….you have a way with words…am down for your next adventure do let me know and please keep writing!!!!

  7. Great blog. I have added one more place to visit once I come for vacation. Thanks for that.

    1. Wow…so glad you enjoyed Sally. Aaaw you’re welcome dear

  8. I loved the simplicity of the blog as well as your use of vocabulary (English was my favorite language in Primary, so vocabulary is everything to me?) I have never heard of the Getamiyu Riverine Forest even though I have been to Githunguri several times. Your pictures were amazing. Big up on the cameraman. I have always wanted visit is Oloolua Nature Trail.

    1. Really? that’s interesting Maina, English was mine too. Now you know, I’ll pass the compliments to Ceekay & you should come for the next Drift.

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  10. Hi! Nice blog! How do you get to the main entrance gate for hiking from Nairobi?

    1. Hey Rahul, thanks for checking out this post, to answer your question there’s no gate,it’s a free trail . If you’d like to explore as well, kindly contact Let’s Drift Kenya on Instagram

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