Namanga Hills Soft - Oldonyo Orok Hike

Namanga Hills Soft - Oldonyo Orok Hike

Ol Donyo Orok—The Black Mountain

Touching the Kenya-Tanzania border near the Namanga border is a series of hills named Ol Donyo Orok (Maasai for "The Black Mountain"). Popularly known as Namanga Hills, the hike to the top of the hills offers a rewarding day out for all adventure lovers. There are several trails up the hills with varied difficulty.

Our hike takes the most popular trail suitable for beginners and anyone looking for a good moderate challenge. The hike starts at the base of the range on the Kenyan side and ends on top of the Enkamuka peak, with lots of scenic pauses along the way. At the peak, expect breathtaking views across the villages below and if the skies will be clear, the magnificent views of Mount Longido and Kilimanjaro from a distance will take your breath away.

Namanga Hills Hike Distance And Stats

Distance: 14km

Maximum Elevation: 2,458m

Maximum Elevation Gain: 1,249m

Duration: 6-8 hours

Difficulty: Moderate to hard

Beginner-friendly: Yes

Child-friendly: Yes, 10 years and above

Namanga Hills Hike Itinerary

4:45 a.m Meet up at International House Parking, City Hall Way. Boarding opens.

5:00 a.m Departure for Namanga

08:30 Arrival at Namanga

09:00 a.m Hike Starts

01:30 p.m Mandatory turn-back

5:30 p.m Departure for Nairobi



By Bus


Kenyan Citizens

KES 3,850

KES 2,200

Foreign Kenyan Residents

KES 4,150

KES 2,500

Non-Resident Foreigners

US$ 36.00


Mpesa Till 989985

What to Wear

What to Carry

How to Prepare for the Hike

  • Engage in active cardio exercises such as aerobics, walking, running, cycling, and swimming among others the week prior to the event.
  • Set aside the day before the hike for resting--take a break from exercises.
  • Increase your hydration at least two days to the hike.
  • Purpose to get enough rest the night before the hike. 
  • If on intermittent fasting or on a diet, take a break in the period one day before and after the hike. This way, you will build up your energy reserves for the arduous task ahead.
  • Cut your toe nails!
  • Have a generous breakfast at least 3 hours before the start of the hike. This ensures that most of the food has been digested by the time you begin the hike, giving you the much-needed energy while ensuring your stomach is not too full for comfort.
  • Use the bathroom before leaving the house to reduce the need for bathroom breaks on the commute.
  • Set your mind up for conquering yourself. Hiking is more about your mindset than physical preparation. Once you win the battle in your mind, everything else contributes less than 10%. You can do it!
Date & Time
Saturday, August 24, 2024
5:00 AM 9:30 PM (Africa/Nairobi)

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