Welcome to Ngong Hills

Karibuni Ngong!

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Our Home on Top Hill off Ngong road 3kms from Ngong Hills

Today we would like to give you a better acquaintance of where we made our home for the last year.  We have been sharing some of the exciting attractions and fascinations around our wonderful country Kenya for better part of the last few weeks. This time we invite you to  you to somewhere out of Africa if we may put it that way.

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Fantastic view from Ngong Hills; overlooking the southwestern region of the Great Rift Valley towards Olorgesaille volcano and Lake Magadi

Today we welcome you to the Ngong Hills. A hiking paradise located about 22km southwest of the Nairobi city, this gemstones are peaks in a ridge along the Great Rift Valley. The word “Ngong” is a Maasai word meaning “knuckles”. From a distance the four main summits resemble the knuckles of a giant whose eventuality is the subject of several Maasai folk tales. The four peaks of the Ngong Hills appear in the background of several scenes near the famous Baroness Karen Blixen‘s house featured in the 1985 romantic blockbuster film Out of Africa; which is based loosely on the world famous novelist’s biography.

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View of Ngong town environs, Nairobi city and Ol Donyo Sabuk mountain from Ngong Hills

Speaking of histories; in the years of  the British colonial rule, the area around the Ngong Hills was a major settler farming region, and many traditional colonial houses are still seen in the area. Today Ngong and its surroundings is a well-developed community providing a good residing place for many of Nairobi’s people. Former and current world marathon athletes, including all time champion Paul Tergat;one of the most accomplished long-distance runners of all time also hails from here.

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Denys Finch Hatton’s grave  site on the eastern slopes of Ngong Hills

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Tree on the ridge between the third and four summits of Ngong Hills

The companionless grave of Denys Finch Hatton the renown aristocratic big-game hunter and the lover of Karen Blixen, distinguished by an obelisk and garden, is situated on the eastern slopes of the Ngong Hills. According to his wishes, Finch Hatton was buried in the Ngong Hills overlooking the vast Nairobi National Park. The obelisk was erected later by his  at the grave site upon which he placed a simple brass plaque inscribed with Finch Hatton’s name, the dates of his birth and death and an extract from Samuel Taylor Coleridge‘s narrative poem the Rime of the Ancient Marine.

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Evening view of the southwestern area of the Great Rift Valley from the highest summit on Ngong Hills

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Our home on Top Hill in the evening.

So please knuckle up for a good hike if you are ever in the vicinity. We will be delighted to have you over and give you a tour of our comely neighborhood. It will be our pleasure to have you; in the meantime have a good evening wherever you are.

Karibuni tena!

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2 thoughts on “Welcome to Ngong Hills

  1. Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thank you so much, However I am
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    • Treasuer Kenya!
      …much appreciated and your are always welcome. We are however sorry for the trouble. Will also try to see what my be the problem from our end. All in all we trust you will enjoy the rest of your reading and stay posted for the BIG NEWS in the next few weeks. 😉

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