Immortalised in the opening lines from Karen Blixen's classic, Out of Africa, the green and fertile Ngong Hills have a certain mythical quality about them. The best views are from the road which climbs up and over the hills to Lake Magadi, or to put them in their most evocative historical context, from Karen Blixen's House & Museum. Sadly, large swathes of the hills are in danger of being swallowed up by Nairobi's urban sprawl.
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.