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.
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.
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.
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.
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.