Hiking is a terrific way to spend time outside. While hiking is one of the most enjoyable activities, it may be overwhelming and stressful for first-timers. It is far from the most leisurely hobby in Kenya. Hiking may also be unpleasant and demanding if you lack expertise, suitable equipment, and confidence. Don’t worry; a fellow newbie has made some hiking recommendations for beginners. All the suggestions I’ve provided will make hiking easier for you and teach you all you need to know to get started.
Here is the Ultimate Guide for Trekking & Hiking in Kenya
- Hiking Trails for Beginners
Being completely honest with yourself regarding your level of fitness and experience before selecting a path to hike. It’s OK to push yourself, but remember that you can do more harm than good to your health. It will also be an unpleasant experience, and you risk developing a dislike for trekking. If you’re new to hiking, start with the more accessible paths and work your way up. If you decide to trek a more difficult path, go at your speed. Plan your hike based on your level of fitness.
I would recommend beginning with long walks such as Karura Forest, Oloolua Nature Trail, and Haller Park (Mombasa) and gradually progressing to beginner-friendly hikes such as Thigio, Nachu Caves, Kabete, Gikuni Caves, KeFRI, Buxton Tunnel, Tigoni, Hell’s Kitchen Marafa, and KeFRI, Buxton Tunnel, Tigoni, Hell’s Kitchen Marafa (Malindi). For additional information about these routes, see Let’s Drift. Begin with reasonably level paths with few or no intense inclines.
It is critical to keep an eye on the weather before planning a vacation. Remember that the weather may change quickly, especially in the highlands. Weather extremes, whether rain or excessive heat, will impact your journey. Before you go, make sure you question your guide about the weather.
Wear sunscreen if you’re going trekking on a hot day. Start your journey early in the morning to avoid hiking in the hot noon sun. Many hiking paths in Kenya are a little sheltered, so you will most likely be trekking straight in the sun.
- What to Put On
When it comes to hiking clothes, comfort is essential. Avoid wearing jeans! Layering is also crucial since it allows you to remove certain items when it’s hot and put them back on when it’s chilly.
Wear light clothing made of breathable material that dries rapidly in hot temperatures. Don’t forget to put on a hat or cap. You can also wear a tank top and shorts, but for sun protection, you should wear long-sleeved tops and long trousers/leggings. Even better if you can obtain UV protection gear (I know, I was years old when I discovered these existed!) Gym clothes can suffice for day trips to hot spots.
- Food and snacks to bring for a day hike
Because you will be expending calories during the trip, the meals and snacks you bring should be high in protein and fat. You can eat oatmeal, yogurt, and/or eggs for breakfast before the climb. Granola, nuts (e.g., peanuts), fruits (e.g., apple, banana, orange, tangerine), and protein/energy bars are good snacks.
In order to replenish the electrolytes that are lost via sweat when trekking in the heat, it is vital to consume salty snacks and drink a lot of water. Carry at least 3l of water with you; water is a vital need. Remember not to bring single-use plastic containers or bottles; if you do, don’t leave them on the trails.
Hike at your speed. If you are sluggish, do not be frightened by speedier hikers. Maintain your lane (literally). Pay attention to your body and take pauses as needed.
Stop to smell the flowers, look for wildlife, and take in the scenery. It’s not every day that you get to be in nature (unless you live in such regions), so enjoy every moment you can. Be present, smell the clean, fresh air, and appreciate nature’s stillness and serene presence. You can check out our article on Experience Kenya adventure.