The Ngong Hills are peaks in a ridge along the Great Rift Valley
, located southwest near Nairobi
, in southern Kenya
. The word "Ngong" is a Maasai word meaning "knuckles" due to the 4 hill peaks of the ridge, which stands alone rising from the plain around Nairobi. The Ngong Hills, from the eastside slopes, overlook the Nairobi National Park
game reserve and, off to the north, the city of Nairobi. The Ngong Hills, from the westside slopes, overlook the Great Rift Valley dropping over 1000 metres (4,000 feet) below, where Maasai villages have been developed. The peak of the Ngong Hills is at 2460 meters (8070 feet) above sea level.
During the years of British colonial rule, the area around the Ngong Hills was a major settler farming region, and many traditional colonial houses are still seen in the area. In the 1985 film Out of Africa
, the four peaks of the Ngong Hills appear in the background of several scenes near Karen
Blixen's house. Local residents still reported seeing lions in the Hills during the 1990s. The solitary grave of Denys Finch Hatton, marked by an obelisk and garden, is located on the eastern slopes of the Ngong Hills, overlooking the vast game reserve.
There is a walking trail along the tops of the Ngong Hills. Kenya Wildlife Service has a small post at the NE foot of the park. There is a KSH 100 fee. Local residents have sometimes held Sunday church services on the southern peak, overlooking the Great Rift Valley. Near the hills is the town of Ngong. A wind farm is being built on the hills. There is an active wind farm now on the northern hills. Many hikers have reported being robbed or mugged on the southern hills over the last few years. Kenya Wildlife Service offers guides/security to accompany you on your hike for an extra fee (KSH 1500).