Gatamaiyu Riverline Trek, Beginner Friendly

Location: Aberdare National Park

Starts from 2022/01/15 05:00 to 2022/01/15 18:00

Available slots 7


Gatamaiyu Riverline is a beginner, child, and family-friendly hiking trail in Gatamaiyu Forest. Gatamaiyu is part that forms Kereita Forest, which is part of the Aberdares ecosystem. Borders the Aberdare mountain ranges on the south. hence, creating the Aberdare southern block.
Gatamaiyu is a community-based setup. Kijabe Environment Volunteers (KENVO) collaborates with Kenyan Forestry Service in developing sustainable nature conservation programs in the Kikuyu Escarpment Forest. Through this collaboration and they have been opening several hiking trails within the forest reserve. Gatamaiyu is under this umbrella. Gatamaiyu evokes emotional awareness surrounding the decline of Kenya's ancient highland forests. The path feels relatively intact, with old rickety bridges spanning the river. If you observe keenly, you can see fresh elephant tracks. It's unlikely to find elephants on the hiking paths. However, the Kenya forest service provides two armed rangers to accompany the guests as they hike. Gatamaiyu reveals what Kenyan highlands might have looked like decades ago. Magical!
Gatamaiyu is about 56 Kilomtres from Nairobi. It is easily accessible from Nairobi. It is about 44 Kilometres from Nairobi to the Kimende shopping center. KENVO extends kind service to all their clients. They will wait or organize a guide who can pick you from the Kimende shopping center. It is pretty unlikely to get lost from the main highway about 12 kilometers to the starting point. The trail starts at Gatamaiyu forest gate next to the Fisheries office. Here at the offices, also there is a public campsite. The track follows the river line leading to the stunning misty waterfalls. Gatamaiyu is the source of the Athi River. You will enjoy history from our guides about the contribution of this forest during the colonial period. It's also a water catchment area. With Prior arrangements; Tourists can enjoy fishing after the hike. Fish and Cook; experience this signature experience in Gatamaiyu.
• The indigenous forest.
• Natural woods and habitat to the forest
• Wildlife; Elephants, Sykes monkeys black& white Columbus Monkeys
• Birdlife; hosts a globally threatened Abbot's starling, among others like the bar-tailed trogons.
• Scenic waterfall with plunge pools

Cost Per person on Self Drive Option
Kenya Citizens: Kshs 1899
Kenya Residents: Kshs 2499
Non-Residents: USD 40
Cost Per person on Group Transport
Kenya Citizens: Kshs 2650
Kenya Residents: Kshs 3199
Non-Residents: USD 50
Included in the cost
 Entrance Fee
 Guide Fee
 Photography
 Facilitation
Excluded in the Price
 Transport (for Self-drive option)
 Insurance
 Tips & Gratuities
 Anything else not mentioned in the Inclusions
What to Carry
 Hiking Boots with excellent Grip
 Poncho
 Fleece jacket or a Hiking Down Jacket
 Thermal T-shirt
 Hiking Pant
 Trekking Pole
 Hiking Backpack
 Camelback to carry water
 At least 2litres of water
 Change of clothes after the Hike; extra T-shirt, Pants, sports shoes.

Starting Point: Gatamaiyu Fisheries Offices
Ending point: Gatamaiyu Gate Fisheries Offices
Estimated Walking duration: 2 hours to 4 Hours
It is a River line Trek, under a canopy of an indigenous forest, with a few muddy sections.
Difficulty: Easy walk. Ideal for Beginners to Hiking, Children or Families.