I have always been fascinated by the Ngong’ Hills and until recently I had never gone hiking there. But I can now proudly say that I have been there and done that :).
The word Ngong’, as I came to learn not so long ago, is a Maasai word meaning knuckles. If you fold your fingers in a manner to form a fist and place it in line with the Ngong’ Hills from a distance, you will notice that there is a lot of resemblance with the peaks of Ngong’ Hills and your knuckles. Hence the name.
Ngong’ town is situated in the South side of Nairobi City. It is well known for it’s wind farms, which are used to generate electricity to serve the town and it’s environs. This is a project by KenGen (Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited), the leading electric power generating company in Kenya.
The wind farms can be found within the premises of the Kenya Forestry Service, which are about a kilometre or two from the town itself. The area has become a tourist, both domestic and international, attraction site and as a result there is a small fee one is required to pay in order to enjoy some sightseeing there. For residents you’ll be required to pay Kshs.200 whereas non-residents are required to pay a fee of Kshs.600.
Here, there is so much clean, fresh air to go around. It is also quite windy so when you do decide to visit the place, go dressed warm. The view from the hills is… wondrous.