Welcome to Ngong Hills


The Ngong Hills are still something of an expat enclave, and you may stumble upon perfect reproductions of English farmhouses with country gardens full of flowering trees – only the acacias remind you that you aren’t rambling around the home counties of England. You can also try and track down the dishevelled last resting place of Denys Finch Hatton, but you'll need a guide.


Top experiences in Ngong Hills

Travel guides

Starting at $36.39

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Ngong Hills activities

$30 Cultural & Theme Tours

Nairobi Elephant Orphanage and Karen Blixen Museum Tour

Your half-day tour begins with Nairobi city airport or hotel pick-up. First, you will drive to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage where you will meet elephant calves. Daphne Sheldrick, as part of the David Sheldrick Conservation Foundation, rehabilitates baby elephants and other wildlife here at her home just outside of Nairobi National Park. These babies have lost their mothers to poaching, death, injuries, on getting lost in the wild or other tragedies. Learn how Daphne and her dedicated staff raise the elephants and the process of releasing them back into the wild when they are ready. During your visit, you will understand the humanitarian efforts, dedication and heart put into this endeavor. Next, visit Giraffe Manor where Daisy, a baby giraffe rescued by Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville from a heavily-poached area of western Kenya in 1974, has made their home — and Daisy — famous among wildlife lovers worldwide. Today, Daisy's home has been opened to the world and you will have the opportunity to not only meet giraffes but feed them from your own hands. Finally, take a short tour of the home of pioneer coffee farmer Karen Blixen, known for her memoir "Out of Africa." Her home is preserved as a museum and contains many pieces of furniture she sold upon her departure. Here, you will have the opportunity to step back in time and gain insight into this remarkable woman's life as well as the chronology of the house from it's construction in 1912. Enjoy the views of the Ngong Hills which can be admired from the beautifully landscaped museum gardens. Upon completion of the tour, return to your original departure point or another location in central Nairobi.Please note: There is nominal entrance fee to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage or you may purchase a souvenir or make a donation to their conservation efforts.

$69 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Day Trip to Kiambethu Tea Farm in Limuru from Nairobi

Pickup at your hotel at 9:45am and start the drive to Limuru arriving at 11am and over a cup of tea or coffee the history of the farm and process of making tea is informally explained, followed by an opportunity to see tea in the field.  Then take a walk in the indigenous forest with our resident Kenyan guide who will identify the plants and explain how they are traditionally used. Look out for the Colobus monkeys and wander in the gardens which are home to a wide variety of birds and flowers. Return to the house to enjoy a pre-lunch drink on the verandah with sweeping views across the tea fields to the Ngong Hills. Enjoy your three course buffet lunch from our set menu prepared with vegetables from the garden and desserts are topped with cream from our herd of Channel Island cows. Food included: Tea, coffee, rice, chapati (made from wheat) starter soup (vegetable plain or cream of vegetable) You will then then be driven back to your hotel in the city of Nairobi and arrive at 4 pm.

$150 Tours & Sightseeing

Nairobi Tour with Carnivore Restaurant, Giraffe Centre

Situated 160km south of the equator, Nairobi is a modern, cosmopolitan city with regional headquarters for many African and Indian Ocean businesses. With delegates attracted here from around the world, they come for the friendliness of the people, the modern hotel facilities and the vast array of fascinating options available throughout the city. Although the ‘City in the Sun’ is relatively young by global  standards, it has a fascinating history capturing explorers, missionaries, wars, cultural diversity and politics , each leaving their mark on the city in some way. The Carnivore Restaurant is one of Africa’s greatest eating experiences, made famous for its succulent steaks, barbecue dishes, game meat and great African hospitality. A visit here is an excellent complement to a holiday and makes a perfect spot for meals with an African buzz. Delicious barbequed and skewered vegetarian meals are also available. Following lunch, head out of town to the suburb of Karen, with the Ngong Hills as a backdrop. The old colonial farmhouse is simple, housing a few items that Karen Blixen chose and once enjoyed herself. There is also the colourful garden to explore, where several old coffee machines have lain untouched for decades. From here visit the Giraffe Centre then you will be dropped off at your hotel or the city centre late afternoon.

$155 Day Trips & Excursions

Kiambethu Farm Tea Plantation from Nairobi with Lunch

Today you will be picked and driven to Kiambethu Estate, located at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level, in a truly magnificent garden with views of the spectacular Mount Kilimanjaro and the Ngong hills and has lush acres of tea plantations that seem to vanish in the horizon. Two English families, Mitchell & McDonnell in the early 1900's, built the Estate. These families are said to be the first to have ventured into the tea business. On arrival at the Estate at 11am enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, with the history of the farm and process of making tea is informally explained. Then take a walk in the indigenous forest with a resident Kenyan guide who will identify the plants and explain how they are traditionally used. Look out for the Colobus monkeys close up and wander in the gardens which are home to a wide variety of birds and flowers. Return to the house to enjoy a pre-lunch drink on the verandah with sweeping views across the tea fields to the Ngong Hills. Enjoy your three course buffet lunch from a set menu prepared with vegetables from the garden and desserts are topped with cream from the herd of Channel Island cows. In the afternoon, a walk through the tea plantations will display the conditions needed for the growth of tea.The lecture on growth of tea is a good learning experience-you will then see tea pickers on the farm plucking the top two leaves and bud from each plantation. Tea needs good rainfall, which is plenty in the region so tea is picked all year round.After the tea is picked, they are sent to the factories to be processed and sold to local and export markets. Kenya is the third largest producer of tea after Sri Lanka and India. Return to your city hotel in the late afternoon.

$100 Cultural & Theme Tours

KIAMBETHU TEA FARM TOUR FROM NAIROBI

Enjoy complimentary hotel pick up to the highlands of Kenya where tea plantation is plenty. After a brief introduction you are ushered to an air conditioned private vehicle for the tour which takes one and half hours from Nairobi.On the way, enjoy great views of tea plantations and people in their farms.Arrive at 11am and over a cup of tea or coffee the history of the farm and process of making tea is informally explained, followed by an opportunity to see tea in the field. Then take a walk in the indigenous forest with a resident Kenyan guide who will identify the plants and explain how they are traditionally used. Look out for the Colobus monkeys close up and wander in the gardens which are home to a wide variety of birds and flowers.Return to the house to enjoy a pre-lunch drink on the verandah with sweeping views across the tea fields to the Ngong Hills. Enjoy your three course buffet lunch from our set menu prepared with vegetables from the garden and desserts are topped with cream from our herd of Channel Island cows.After the tour and lunch, you are free to depart for Nairobi.

$70 Day Trips & Excursions

NAIROBI DAY TOUR TO KIAMBETHU TEA FARM IN LIMURU

The tour start by picking you from your Nairobi Hotel or residence 9:30AM and start the drive to Limuru arriving at 11AM and over a cup of tea or coffee the history of the farm and process of making tea is informally explained, followed by an opportunity to see tea in the field. The gardens around the home are lovely and well worth a stroll, especially to catch glimpses of the resident colobus monkeys! Also included in the tour is a walk through the indigenous forest that is still preserved.  The guide is highly entertaining and comical! Your stay here includes a relaxed lunch. Again most of the produce is locally sourced and when making reservations through inform them of any dietary requirements! Lunch is a 3 course affair with complementary beverages - wine, beers, sherry, soft drinks and of course teas and coffee!Kiambethu's lunch is a great meal with homemade butter, rolls, and soup. Then salad, maize (white corn) and cheese, potatoes, green beans, carrots, Swiss steak, followed by fruit and homemade ice cream. The veggie options served is fantastic. At Kiambethu Tea Farm, guests are given an insight into the tea making process followed by an opportunity to see tea in the field. Accompanied by the resident Kenyan guide, guests can also take a short walk into the small indigenous forest and learn about the plants and how they were used traditionally, watch the Colobus monkeys and birds that are resident in the gardens or just enjoy the sweeping views across the tea fields to the Ngong Hills.  You will then be dropped back to your Nairobi Hotel/Residence.