Hiking Sleeping Warrior and Ugali Hills, Nakuru County

by Monicah Wangari
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Location; Elementaita, Nakuru County. 

Distance and duration; 120Kms (3 hours) from Nairobi.

Cost; using a tour company will cost you Kes. 3,000 – 3,500 per person. This is inclusive of transport to and from Nairobi and park fees. The price may or may not include snacks. Seeking clarification in advance is advised.

Hike Duration; approximately 3-7 hours depending on which hills you decide to cover. We hiked Sleeping Warrior and Ugali Hill. It took us 5 hours.

Story Time

In my previous blog about Ngare Ndare, I stated what an easy climb it was. Well, Sleeping Warrior was a different kettle of fish: it kicked my ass. Maybe, the two hills exchanged a memo to humble this girl. Well, this humble pie was properly dished out to me.

By 6 am, we were all at the location ready to go. So this time, the route was through Westlands to The Rift Valley Viewpoint to Naivasha to Lake Elementaita – the Nairobi-Nakuru Highway. We got there around 9:30am. We had two stopovers. At the Viewpoint and Delamere.

I made an observation: Since I resolved to take trips more seriously, I have been shy in interacting with new people. Generally, I prefer my own circle of friends but they seldom come for the trips. This time round, I made acquaintance with some fantastic people. Generally, I’m an introverted person but fantastic people draw me out.

We sat at the back. Sarah, Sofia and myself. We chatted and laughed the whole way there. Winnie Rioba would join us occasionally. She made sure she had a conversation with every lady. I found that very admirable. 

The Hike

I was laughing all the way during the sleeping warrior hike, as I recorded and marveled at the views.

Amazing name but I wondered about its source. As you will hear from the guide in my YouTube video, the hill resembles a warrior lying on his back. The chin is well defined and very steep at that. Then the body follows, then the knees.

We traversed through the neck to the body and finally to the knees.

After that was a long flat trail to Ugali and Saucer Hills. The closer we got, the steeper it seemed. Ugali Hill was a series of lunges. The only flat ground was at its peak. 

The sun had been glaring at us throughout the hike. It made the experience almost unbearable. Water, snacks, sunhats and sunscreen came in handy.

Either way, am not done with the Hills and Mountains of this beautiful country.

Looking forward to Elephant Hill on the 20th March. Want to join us? Go to ;justrioba elephant hill hike.

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Feliki March 3, 2021 - 10:54 am

Any info about the source of the name Ugali Hills? 🙂

Monicah Wangari March 7, 2021 - 3:26 pm

Ugali Hill resembles a common traditional meal in Kenya. Really tasty when accompanied with some greens and fish/chicken 😋

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Sam March 15, 2022 - 11:08 am

Did This on 5th March the entire 3 hills it was a good challenge. The heat was something else though

Monicah Wangari March 21, 2022 - 12:43 pm

Well done.
Yes, the heat there can easily give you heat rush.


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