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Ngare Ndare Forest

Forest description

Ngare Ndare is Maa for "goats water". Ngare Ndare is a gazetted forest used to promote peace and co-existence among the different communities in the area - the Meru, Maasai, Borana and Kikuyu. The forest is maintained primarily by the local communities as the Ngare Ndare Forest Trust, under the supervision of Kenya Forest Service(KFS).

 

Ngare Ndare forest has several attractions which can be of interest to visitors of diverse interests. First, being an extension of the Mt. Kenya forest it has a variety of indigenous plants, some of which have herbal remedies. The dominant tree species are the Juniperus procera and Olea africana. Second, the forest is also a migratory corridor for elephants and other wild animals to and from Mt. Kenya and the Northern Rangelands. Third, it is also favoured as a sanctuary by animals such as the elephant, rhino and buffalo, where they reside to give birth, nurse their injuries, recuperate or die.  It is home to several other wild animals, bird and insect species.

 

Ngare Ndare forest has numerous beautiful and tranquil physical features such as sundowner sites, permanent springs, waterfalls, rapids and rock outcrops. The Ngare Ndare Forest Trust uses these spots for activities such as picnics, swimming, diving and rock climbing.

 

The group is well-known for its maintenance of a 450m-long canopy walkway situated in the middle of the forest, where visitors can view wildlife below. The 450-metre long and 25 to 27 feet high canopy walk which was built by Piers Daykin, a wheat farmer and rally driver. This breath taking site is among the few canopies in Africa with others in Rwanda, South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana.

 

The forest is an approximate four hour drive from Nairobi and about 40 minute drive from Nanyuki town in Laikipia County. Ninety per cent of this woodland sits in Meru County while the rest forms part of Laikipia County.

The forest is home to over 100 medicinal tree species with some dating over 700 years. It is also home to famous tree species such as Red Cedar, Olea Africana, Podocarplus (podo) the East African yellow wood, cape mahogany, the brown olive among many others.

 

The massive podo tree is one of the forests greatest attractions with its thick trunk that take five people holding hands to go around it.

 

The community-owned forest was in 2013 included as an extension of the Mount Kenya UNESCO World Heritage site. This is courtesy of good conservation measures taken by the neighbouring community, the Kenya Forest Services, the Ngare Ndare Forest Trust and stakeholders like Kisima Farm, Lew WC, Borana Ranch and Northern Frontiers.

 

Activities.

•Guided nature walks

•Guided game drives

•Camping in the forest

•Canopy walk

 

What it will cost you

The daily fee in the forest is Sh 500. There is an additional Sh 1,000 for camping and a further Sh1000 for armed security. The guides are very professional and profoundly knowledgeable about Ngare Ndare.

 

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