HIKING THE KIJABE CIRCUIT

Hiking renews my energy. Hiking leaves me with this feeling; that I am invincible, because if I can take on a tough terrain for hours and on record time, I can surely handle whatever else. Hiking allows me the opportunity to meet people; clients for my architecture work, friends with similar interests, some acquaintances that I’ll know only for a day, but that I’ll never forget. It is a good people watching space. (I notice how the guys that lead the pack are always snacking on packed fruit, boiled peas maybe, and water, whereas the ones that struggle at the back are on fried sausages and sodas, haha. I’m usually at the middle so I’ve earned the right to talk about these things. Hiking gives me confidence, hiking keeps me fit, but most importantly, hiking presents to me nature’s beauty in a way that no other activity can.

This post is on a Kijabe circuit hike I did a month ago. It’s a four/five hour hike but we took 7 hours as we had to occasionally wait for other members of our team. Our guide had informed us that we’d be hiking two hills. They were about 30; you get to a peak and then your excitement is shattered by realising yet another peak ahead.

The beginning..
The beginning..
And the railway line tucked away. We saw a train much later from the hills.
And the railway line tucked away. We saw a train much later from the hills.
Had to use my fours sometimes...and this wasn't even the rocky part. Nobody had time/energy for photos then.
Had to use my fours sometimes…and this wasn’t even the rocky part. Nobody had time/energy for photos then.
Had to take a minute to take this in..
Had to take a minute to take this in..
such terrain...to be enjoyed thoroughly before the climb
such terrain…to be enjoyed thoroughly before the climb

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We had to make our own path through the bush in some instances-took a photo of the team member ahead of me.
We had to make our own path through the bush in some instances-took a photo of the team member ahead of me.
It was about hour 5 when I saw theses animals. I was a little (understatement :) tired and I thought, 'how did they get up here?' I wasn't willing to accept that they too had hiked...so I approached the herdsman who informed me the cattle were born up in the hills.... and then I thought to myself how the first animal got there (okay, never mind)
It was about hour 5 when I saw these animals. I was a little (understatement 🙂 ) tired and I thought, ‘how did they get up here?’ I wasn’t willing to accept that they too had hiked…so I approached the herdsman who informed me the cattle were born up in the hills…. and then I thought to myself how the first animal got there (okay, never mind)
This tree was so symbolic. Some locals that had joined us insisted that our mini-van was parked right behind this tree, but their judgement of distance had proven to be very different from ours. This once, they were right, the van was right behind the tree!
This tree was so symbolic. Some locals that had joined us insisted that our mini-van was parked right behind this tree, but their judgement of distance had proven to be very different from ours. This once, they were right, the van was right behind the tree!
End of hike picnic, and boy, food never tasted so good!
End of hike picnic, and boy, food never tasted so good!
And then this awe-instilling woods...
And then this awe-instilling woods…
I live for such drama. Our van would not start and the thought of spending the night in the middle of nowhere was somewhat exciting. The gentlemen gave it a push about three times until we were on the tarmac.
I live for such drama. Our van would not start and the thought of spending the night in the middle of nowhere was somewhat exciting. The gentlemen gave it a push about three times until we were on the tarmac.
Have yourselves a sun-kissed week ahead!
Have yourselves a sun-kissed week ahead!

P.S: I’d like to thank the brave men (guides) that seek untrodden hills and map out routes for hikers/nature lovers.

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