Sleeping Warrior & Ugali Hills Hike

Sleeping Warrior & Ugali Hills Hike

Come climb past Oloibon's Bust

Located near the shores of Lake Elmentaita, within the Soysambu Conservancy, is a group of hills, prominently known and named by their resemblance. Ugali Hill resembles the traditional Kenyan maize flour meal, Ugali, while the Sleeping Warrior resembles a man lying down on his back. Some locals believe that it is the bust of the late, great Maasai warrior, Oloibon.

The trail begins at the Lake Elementaita Park gate, with an initial 8 km trek on a dusty path along the shores of Lake Elmentaita. The hills and the lake are surrounded by beautiful marshland vegetation, home to buffalo and over 400 species of birds.

The hike accommodates hikers of all levels and can be comfortably completed on a day’s hike.

Short version: approximately 10km
Hike from the park gate to the Sleeping Warrior hill, ascend and trek to the finishing point. Most beginners and kids choose this option.

Medium version: approximately 12km
Hike from the park gate to the Sleeping Warrior hill, proceed to Ugali Hill, ascend and then take the steep slope to the finishing point.

Extended version: approximately 19km
Hike from the park gate to the Sleeping Warrior hill, proceed to Ugali Hill, and then go round the horse-shoe crater to get back to the finishing point.

There’s definitely something for everyone!

Sleeping Warrior Hike Distance And Stats

Distance: 10km, 12km, 19km options

Maximum Elevation Gain: 696m

Duration: 5-7 hours

Difficulty: Moderate to Hard

Beginner-friendly: Yes

Child-friendly: Yes, 7 years and above

Sleeping Warrior Hike Itinerary

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

5:00 a.m Departure from International House Parking, City Hall Way

08:15 Arrival at Lake Elmentaita

08:45 a.m Hike Starts

03:00 p.m Departure for Nairobi



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Kenyan Citizens

KES 3,650

KES 2,200*

Foreign Kenyan Residents

KES 3,850

KES 2,400*

Non-Resident Foreigners

US$ 41.00


* This is a one-way trail. Please bring a driver to move your vehicle to the finishing point.

Mpesa Till 989985

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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, July 6, 2024
5:00 AM 11:00 PM (Africa/Nairobi)

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