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Full-Day Group Tour to Ngong Hills

Full-Day Group Tour to Ngong Hills

By Great Horizon Trails
About
This tour is best for a spectacular hike near Nairobi Ngong Hills are peaks in a ridge along the Great Rift Valley, located southwest near Nairobi. The word "Ngong" is a Maasai phrase "en kong'u" meaning rhinoceros spring, and this name derives from a spring located near Ngong town. With little else to do and a growing urge to be outdoors, a traveler can give in and go for a hike in the hills leaving the city hustles, the traffic and the hectic streets Nairobi. It will be great to see so many people enjoying the hills, and families with even young children.

Ages 13-50, max of 100 per group
Duration: 7–8 hours
Start time: Check availability
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Live guide: English
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  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Return transport from Nairobi city centre to the base of Ngong Hills
  • Mountain guide and rangers
  • 1ltr bottled mineral water per person
  • Entry/Admission - Ngong Hills
What's not included
  • Lunch, snacks, and events not included in your tour dossier above


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Hilton Park, Watalii Ln, Nairobi, Kenya
    Located at the Nairobi Central business center, directly opposite Hilton hotel.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    Airport pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included airports.
    • Jomo Kenyatta Intl Airport, Nairobi Kenya
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 268639P15

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
      • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
      • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
      • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 268639P15

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      • Great Horizon Trails
        28
        Nairobi, Kenya
      • BrechjeH1
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Reliable, experienced and good communication!
        We went with our daughter on a 4 days trip with Great Horizon Trails. The communication with Marcus was very easy and we received fast replies on our emails. A few days before our trip he phoned us that everything was ok and gave us the details of Viktor our driver. The first day Viktor picked us up at Kisumu, he was exactly on time. He informed us about our trip and drove us to our lodge (AA Mara). On our way he told us a lot about the environment and the country. Viktor is a really good driver and is well experienced. After a good lunch we had our first game drive in the Masai Mara. It was a great experience and Viktor knows a lot about all the animals. The second day we had a full day of game driving. Thanks to Viktor's efforts we saw 4 of the Big Five (except the Leopard). We really enjoyed the full day in the Masai Mara. The third day we visited a Masai village. It is a bit commercial but you get a very good impression of the Masai living. Our last day we went to Hell's gate; per bike where we experienced the beautifull nature and along the road you see the zebra's and Giraf's walking next to you. The viewpoints are magnificent. The way back is exhausting as the road is a little bit steep. So you need to have a good condition for this. At the end of the day Viktor dropped us at our hotel in Nairobi and we received a call from Markus if everything was ok. We could very much advice Great Horizon Trails; good service, reliable, always on time and you get what you agreed upon. Thanks to Markus and Viktor we enjoyed every moment!
        Written 27 May 2024
      • Aslannow
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Masai Mara
        Great knowledgeable guide. Very punctual. Reliable vehicle. Lunch on the way to safari and packed lunch could be better. Overall I would highly recommend after using them at least 5 times. Photo 1 in review by Len Morgan Photo 2 in review by Len Morgan Photo 3 in review by Len Morgan
        Written 13 March 2024
      • hgaeckle
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Perfectly organised safari…
        Communication and pre bookings were easy and straighforward. Very good rates, fantastic driver. Everything worked out, even better than expected. We went from Nairobi to Aberdares, Samburu and Mount Kenya. Thanks a lot for the wonderful experience!
        Written 1 March 2024
      • Dave_FCC
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Kisumu Safari Train Adventure: Ruma National Park, and Rusinga Island Safari Package - Beyond Our Dreams
        Our daughter was on a college fellowship in the Masai Mara, so we decided to take the rest of the family on a three-week Kenya vacation. We planned to meet her in the Masai Mara during the great migration for a safari adventure! TL;DR Great Horizon Trails and Marcus Orao were able to design three adventures, including a custom Ruma National Park & Rusinga Island safari around a roundtrip Kisumu Safari train adventure. Beyond our dreams! During our adventure to Ruma National Park and Rusinga Island, we were the only tourists we saw, even though we were visiting in mid-late July,. During July in high season. This review covers the Kisumu Safari Train, Ruma National Park and Rusinga Island adventure. We went about organizing our three-week Kenya vacation backward. First, we picked the days we would be in Kenya, and then defined an itinerary. Because of this backward approach, we needed safaris personally tailored to our schedule, not the other way around. Off the shelf tour companies with set schedules wouldn’t work. Instead, we were going to have to find a tour and Safari planner that could schedule activities that fit our itinerary. Luckily, we found Great Horizon Trails (GHT) and Marcus Orao. GHT & Marcus had been in the Kenya Safari business for decades. Their office is in downtown Nairobi, We found them as a result of looking for Safaris in Kisumu, Kenya. We exchanged emails with Marcus and the email led to phone calls (WhatsApp). Marcus is extremely knowledgeable and was eager to use his expertise to create custom safaris tailored to maximize the activities and adventures for the amount of time that we had available. Even though there were days of demonstrations in Nairobi and Kisumu during our visit, Marcus and GHT planned around them to ensure that our adventures were uninterrupted. The guides that Marcus hired told us that Marcus knows many, many people in the tourism industry in Kenya, and that his nickname is “the professor” because of his knowledge. He is perhaps the most knowledgeable Kisumu and Rusinga Island tour planner and guide in all of Kenya . As Kisumu and Rusinga Island are his ancestral home. Once we were connected with Marcus, the planning process became a smooth exchange of email and phone calls to get the details just right. GHT was able to use their experience to shoehorn in the maximum number of activities for the time available. Marcus came to the hotel to meet us the day we arrived in Nairobi. It was like meeting a long-lost family member. Marcus is warm and caring, and that comes through when you meet him in person. We had been very nervous about the entire Kenya adventure because we had been sending money to Marcus to make the arrangements for the Safaris and had never been to Africa, let alone Kenya. But once we met him all our concerns were allayed. Kisumu Overnight Safari Train Adventure – Ruma National Park, Ruma River Lodge and Rusinga Island The Kisumu Safari Train is a 12-hour overnight adventure! Accent on the adventure. If you are looking for an authentic cultural experience and aren't afraid of a little discomfort, dirt or grittiness (the restroom is a hole in the floor), the Kisumu Safari Train is worth consideration. Please note that we found the Safari Train, and GHT and Marcus built custom safaris around the train schedule – filling every moment! Great Horizon Trails arranged to have us picked us up in the afternoon to take us to the Nairobi train station. We would be departing at 6:30 pm on the Safari train from Nairobi to Kisumu. This is where GHT saved us! Marcus and GHT arranged for three different drivers to pick us up from the hotel and take us to the train station just in case the demonstrations halted traffic. The first and second drivers got stuck in traffic, but the third driver made it to our hotel, and as a result, we made it to the train station with plenty of time! Without this planning expertise, we would have missed the Kisumu Safari Train and spent the next three days in the Hotel. Marcus, as far as we know, is the only tour planner operating adventures in the Kisumu and Rusinga Island area. The Kisumu Safari Train is not well known by people inside and outside of Kenya. In fact, even some people in Kisumu aren't aware of the train's existence. Once we arrived at the Nairobi train station, the adventure really began. We were the only Mzungus on the train, in the train station, and around the train station. This began an adventure where we were the only tourists. Everyone working at the train station knew of our plans, and we obtained a sleeping car room for our party of three (first-class tickets are in the sleeping cars). One pro tip when it comes to sleeping on the Safari Train - try to obtain a room in the middle of the train car. Riding over the wheels on either end of the train car is a much rougher and noisier experience than the rooms closer to the middle of the car. Interestingly, before you can board the train, you are lined up with all the other train passengers around everyone’s luggage in a line on the train platform. Police and dogs come through the line, examining the luggage and the passengers before you are allowed to board. It's also a wonderful way to travel in Kenya because you're sleeping for much of the travel time. Probably the only better way to travel would be by air between Nairobi and Kisumu – but you’d miss the adventure! We ate food from the kitchen/dining car in our rooms. If you choose to travel by Safari train, we recommend bringing a couple of sanitary wipes packages. Both the beds and some of the surfaces in the rooms were very dirty and didn't appear to have been cleaned in a while. The toilet in the “restroom” is a hole in the floor with footpads for squatting. There is no bedding for the bunks, so we brought inflatable camping pillows. The sleeping car gets cold at night, so you’ll want to wear warm clothing to sleep in (dress for 40F). Very rustic, but worthwhile cultural experience and one of our fondest memories from our trip to Kenya! We arrived at the Kisumu train station at 6:30am—the next morning. Marcus and our driver guide were waiting to transport us to the Ruma River Lodge with a stop for coffee in between The station and the lunch Java House coffee and Mexican diner in Kisumu is worth the stop. It was some of the best coffee that we had while in Kenya. period we then headed on to check into Ruma River Lodge. This was a long drive, well, not very long. The ride to Ruma River Lodge was very scenic and took about two and a half hours. When approaching Ruma River Lodge, we encountered a large baboon family, signaling our entrance into a wildlife environment. We were welcomed like family to Ruma River Lodge, which was much more beautiful than we imagined. Our rooms were perched on the edge of a tropical valley that reminded us of Kalaheo Kauai. The rooms were beautiful and had windows and a porch overlooking the valley. We had brunch at Ruma River Lodge, and then set out for Ruma National Park Reserve. Ruma National Park is one of Kenya's most rewarding but less well-known wildlife reserves. While we were visiting, we didn't see any other tourists! At the park entrance, we picked up a national park ranger, Grace, who served as our guide throughout the park . We highly recommend having a ranger guide, as she knew all of the park's best places to see wildlife. While in Ruma National Park, we saw Rothschild giraffes, standing and laying down (which is very rarely seen), Roan antelope,black rhinos, and all manner of antelopes from the Hartebeest to Waterbucks to Eland antelopes. Returning to Ruma River Lodge at the end of the day, we enjoyed a true farm-to-table family-style meal. Everything was extremely fresh and easily digested by our American digestive systems . We enjoyed the sunset over the valley, listening to the wildlife, and got a good very night's sleep in our comfortable beds, On the second day of our safari, we left room a River Lodge after a delicious breakfast and travelled for about an hour to Rusinga Island . On our way, we encountered an even larger family of baboons running across the countryside. Rusinga Island was a change of pace from the Wildlife Safari we had enjoyed the day before. We visited the location of Marcus's ancestral home on Rusinga Island and met many of the inhabitants and learned of their lifestyle. And Marcus told us of his family history in that area. We spent an hour or two at the Tom Mboya memorial on Rusinga Island, learning about the freeing of Kenya and his important role in the development of a free political system. From the memorial, we went to Rusinga Island Lodge on the shores of Lake Victoria. This picturesque tropical village stunned us with its beauty and expansive vistas of Lake Victoria. A table was set for us on the banks of Lake Victoria, where we enjoyed a delicious fresh caught tilapia lunch. We then visited way Wayando beach Eco Lodge to see how some ecologically friendly safaris are being developed on Rusinga Island . We traveled from Rusinga Island and Mbita via the Luanda Mbita ferry. Seeing the sights and watching birds swimming underwater, looking for fish . The drive from the ferry terminal back to consumer Kisumu railway station took about two hours with a few stops along the way. We arrived with about an hour to spare before leaving on the Overnight Safari Train for Nairobwe. Once again the train ride was from 6:30pm to 6:30am. We slept better on the return trip than we had before because we were used to it and we got a room in the middle of the car. Suffice it to say, being the only Mzungus on the Safari Train caused some surprise among other passengers and inhabitants. The Safari Train really was a unique experience that, if you're adventurous enough, we highly recommend! Marcus was able to tailor a safari to our personal schedule and our level of value. Based on our conversations, he guided us to the right level of accommodation and the right level of transport for us - not to rustic and not to luxurious - just right. Marcus is so experienced and knows so many people in the Kenya tourism trade that he's able to arrange for almost anything. He was able to take our unique itinerary and pack it with unique experiences in Kenya. Marcus is and our driver guide drove all night to meet us at the Nairobi railway station the next morning at 6:30am. Marcus had insisted on transporting us from the Nairobwe railway station to the Safarilink airport terminal to ensure that we made it to our Diani Beach flight in time. Although they were exhausted, their service was a comfort and much appreciated. We can't express how much we enjoyed the Safari Train adventure and Safaris through the Great Horizon Trails. WE don't believe any other Kenya travel company could have organized the trip better. Indeed, we often found ourselves to be the only tourists in sight, which really added to the experience we had in Kenya . Marcus developed relationships with us and was able to tailor the safaris to our values and to something that fit us perfectly. We were definitely off the beaten path, having a unique experience that will always remember.
        Written 4 January 2024
      • jesswestcog
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        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        A worthwhile day out
        Choosing to visit Ruma National Park as a on day holiday in our mission trip was a brilliant decision. Everything was organised very well. The lunch provided was excellent (though if anyone is vegetarian they need to know this in advance). The Park Ranger was very clued up about where we would see different animals. We had the whole day (5 hours) at the Park and saw many animals. No big cats as they only come out a night but a host of others. Well worth a visit.
        Written 22 August 2023
      • 415thaon
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Kakamega Rainforest and Masai Mara
        Marcus helped me plan a day trip to Kakamega Rainforest and a weekend trip to Masai Mara. Both were fantastic. He clearly communicated what to expect on both trips, and our driver (Ken) was very prompt and helpful. Both trips were fantastic! I got to go on a guided tour in Kakamega rainforest with a very knowledgeable guide and enjoy a delicious lunch afterwards. In Masai Mara, we had a very experienced tour guide who did everything he could to maximize our experience in the park. Recommend booking with Great Horizons for your next adventure in Kenya!
        Written 5 August 2023
      • 327melatw
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Must-do safari
        We did two safari trips, one to the masai mara and one to ruma national park, and both were great! We saw every animal we wanted to see (I really liked it when a ranger gave us a tour of the mara river and we got to see hippos and crocodiles), the food was delicious, and the living accommodations were great! We have some friends who are going on the same safari later this summer because they asked us for something fun to do and we recommended this.
        Written 14 July 2023
      • 906susim
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Safari with great horizon trails company fully recommendable
        we got picked in narok and went for a four day trip to masai mara and nakura national park - marcus organised everything perfect all went smooth and also responded quick to my question - jackson was a perfect safari guide
        Written 12 July 2023
      • sydneycB1676ME
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Wonderful Ruma National Park Safari
        Booked another safari with Great Horizon Trails after we liked the first one so much! The nature and animals were beautiful, we had good food, and met the wonderful staff at the Ruma River Lodge. Made great memories!
        Written 2 July 2023
      • U6201STadamm
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic Four Day Safari
        I did this tour with my wife and my parents who were visiting us in Kenya. The parks were beautiful and incredible. Great Horizon made it super easy and were very accommodating. Our driver was fantastic, always very helpful, knowledgeable and eager to accommodate what we wanted. I would recommend Great Horizon Trails to anyone looking for a safari in Kenya!
        Written 11 May 2023
      • JohnDo123456
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent trip, was just too short!
        We did a 2 day and 1 night safari in Maasai Mara. It was a fantastic experience. Our guide Jeff was so personable and experienced. He helped us spot 8 lions, including one cub, on our first day! Jeff also secretly worked with my now-fiancé to pick a proposal spot that was just perfect! (Just a note, our guide does not always work for Great Horizons but works with them in the low season.) Great Horizons Trails also organized our stay at Engai Wilderness Lodge which was honestly the most beautiful and luxurious stay I've ever had - even compared to hotels! They were also incredibly responsive via Whatsapp, organized the whole trip in less than 2 weeks, and were very flexible when we needed our pick up to be from Kisii. Overall it was an incredible experience, and I highly recommend them.
        Written 19 February 2023
      • Becky F
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        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        What an adventure!
        What an adventure! I took an affordable, short two day adventure to Ruma National Park and Rosinga Island. I had been told by others that it may be difficult to see that many animals in the park because of its lush vegetation. However my very professional guide spotted out lots of giraffes, zebras, buffalo and a couple of rhinos. He was very informative and made the trip that much more interesting. I’m looking forward to having a different tour if my time in Kenya allows for one. You won’t be disappointed booking your own safari.
        Written 18 February 2022
      • JJS2022
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Beautiful Days in Maasai Mara
        We were on a three day trip, from Kisumu to Maasai Mara, back to Kisumu. The experience was wonderful. The Lodge was excellent. Thanks to our dedicated driver we got to see a range of animals, including lions and elephants. I strongly recommend this tour operator.
        Written 1 January 2022
      • Chriswild31
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Absolutely amazing experience.
        Masai Mara is an amazing experience and wish I had stayed a little longer. Lake Nakuru is also a wonderous place that needs to be visited. I plan to go again at some point.our guide was Absolutely terrific and we were lucky to be teamed up with some awesome people. I thought I had written this review already but I’m being reminded to do it so it is a little late in but I would tell anyone to just go do it. We could hear Hyena’s laughing at night time from our tent. We visited the Masai village which is an experience and a great insight as to how they live. Oh the tea they make you is very sweet but very very nice. It says we visited July but would allow me put the Jan ‘19 in it.
        Written 29 June 2020
      • bennyernst1949
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        AMBOSELI
        Tentsafari. From Nairobi to Amboseli together with the most skill and serviceminded guide and driver. Been in Amboseli a number of times, and all the times in the time arrananged by Great Horizon Trails. Just the fact that I been using the GHT for a number of time to different parks in Kenya and Tanzania is a fact that speak for it self. Never been dissapointed or had problem for all this trips. Amboseli it self is a wonderful and a scenic place. You are able to fullfill most of the expetation that You have. Especially when You are in the hand of the skillfull guide that never let a moment pass by without something great to see and take picture of, the guide have the knowledge where to find the wildlife.
        Written 21 June 2020
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