The forest has the following attractions & Activities:
- Animals and plants
- Forest walks
- Forest drives
- Bird watching
- Canopy walking
- Rock climbing
Getting there & getting around
The forest is about an hours drive from Nanyuki. Turn left immediately after Timau town, 400m
from Timau police road block, along the Nanyuki Meru road to a rough road. You will see our sign post there. Drive 11KM to the forest gate, then proceed inside the forest for another 4KM then you
will see the sign on your right showing direction to the canopy walkway, platform and blue pools.
The forest has a driving track and walking trails. You can access the forest by a saloon car but for best
access to the waterfalls, a 4WD is recommended. Driving is the easiest way to the pools but one
learns more about the forest by walking. Trained guides are available to help one explore the forest.
Bookings are done in advance to avoid inconveniences, between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm on weekdays,
from 8: 00 am to 1:00pm on weekends. The best times to visit are early morning, 8:00 to 10:00 am, as
most wildlife will hide from the midday heat and also to avoid heat while on a nature walk.
What to wear and carry
Wear comfortable walking shoes or trainers and loose-fitting lightweight clothing. A hat, sunglasses
and sunscreen may also come in handy. It is also important to carry drinking water, binoculars,
camera and wildlife books especially for birds in addition to picnic and camping equipment in case
one intends to stay overnight.
There are two wet seasons: April-June (long rains) and November-December (short rains). The other
months will be usually hot and dry.
Important things to remember when visiting Ngarendare Forest
- Enjoy yourself; in addition to seeing, pause and listen regularly.
- Stop to allow wildlife to move off the tracks before you pass.
- Do not feed wild animals.
- Do not start fires in the forest, unless when camping, only at designated areas for bonfire
- Do not take away animals, animal products, plants or plant parts.
- Do not mark or deface tree stems, stones and other features.
- Avoid noise as it disturbs both wildlife and other visitors. Do not exceed 40kph when driving in the forest.
- Be careful as animals here are wild and can be dangerous.
- Take all the litter that you brought away with you.
- Keep to the designated tracks and paths when walking or driving
- Single use plastic bottles not allowed.