Quick Update on Waterfall Chasing in Ragia Forest, Aberdares, Nyandarua County
Location; Kinangop, Nyandarua County.
Distance and duration; 95 Kms (2.5 hours) from Nairobi.
Hike Duration; approximately 6 hours.
Weather; 17 degrees. Cool. The weather is subject to change. So, do your research in advance.
Cost; Using a tour company, the charges may range between Kes. 2,500 – 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.
We left Nairobi at 6 am and got there at 9:30 am.
On the way to Ragia Forest is the Sasumua Dam. It supplies water to Nairobi. It is the biggest dam I have ever seen. It looked like a wide long winding lake.
Ragia is placed like this: a long stretch of flat terrain to the first waterfall. Then a flat terrain walk and a steep terrain descent to the bigger waterfall. This was the tough part. The ground was also muddy and slippery.
The view at the waterfall was worth the struggle.
By 4 pm, we were done and ready to make our way back to Nairobi.
During the hike, my knee started aching and it slowed me down a bit. I think soft life is calling. My infrequent workouts are partly to blame though. I believe working out at least thrice a week will contribute to having a bearable hiking experience. Because it toughens muscles to handle constraints.
My two cents on Different Hiking Speeds
Ragia Forest is mostly moderate. What I came to learn about hills and mountains is, the experience is usually different for everyone. For some, it’s easy, others it’s moderate, and for others hard. I realized this because I felt that on this particular hike, I was riding with #teamsubarus. Team Subaru is a term used in the Kenyan hiking community to describe those who walk ahead of others, leaving quite a distance between the two groups.
What I’ve come to learn is, hiking should be a very personal experience. If you are team Subaru, do your thing, hit that goal. But do not make the slower ones feel inadequate. It is not in your place. If you are slower, remember you woke up alone, prepared alone. Remember your goal. Whether it’s to summit or enjoy and take in nature. Don’t let anyone rush you. But don’t forget – we have a curfew.
A few images I captured;
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