Ngare Ndare Forest is a lush indigenous forest at the foothills of Mt. Kenya. Azure pools glisten at the bottom of waterfalls and 200 year old trees stretch into the canopy supporting a rich variety of bird and animal life. The forest is a vital corridor that links the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to Mount Kenya, and one which elephants have been using for centuries.
In the 1980’s farmland became more developed on the southern side of the forest, and farmers came into regular clashes with elephants. In an attempt to alleviate fatal human/ wildlife conflict, the forest was fenced off from southern farmland in 1992. Yet the Ngare Ndare Forest Trust wasn’t registered until 2004, and a concession management agreement was finalized with the Kenya Forest Service only as recently as 2009.
A 450 m long bridge suspended 30 feets above the ground, the 1st one of its kind in E.A. Visitors walk to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the forest, which ends on a high platform where one can view elephants and other wild animals drinking water from the swamp below. For those with height phobia, this is the place to face your fears.
Ngarendare has rocks suitable for climbing, for the experienced adventures, and you need to have your own safety gear and expertise
The forest boasts of over two hundred species of birds, some being migratory. For the bird lovers, Ngarendare forest is the best destination, where spectacular birds like the Hurtlabs turaco and the Narina trogon can be found.
What to carry:
• Sunscreen and sunhat
• Comfortable shoes
• Comfortable clothes
• Camera & binoculars
• Warm fleece or jumper for the evening / early morning
• Swimming costumes and a towel.