As an outdoor activity, both jogging and running are quite prevalent in Kenya. One can jog alone or in a group. Most lone running happens early in the morning within the housing estate precincts. This is mainly due to proximity and security considerations. But in the evening or during the day, one can use the grounds in most sports clubs and gymkhanas to jog and run.

Lone runs

Some of the places you can run alone include:
Karura Forest: Karura forest is secured with an electric fence. The sanctuary is and managed by Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and supported by Friends of Karura who have placed direction and distance signposts at the junctions of the running trails.,+Nairobi/@-1.2366945,36.8130319,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x182f1649550638a7:0xb471e05027cb1b4d!8m2!3d-1.2368076!4d36.8304102?hl=en

Ngong Hills: Ngong Hills, a popular training ground with Kenya’s elite runners and for good reason. At the highest point, it rises to 2400masl which is as good altitude training as would require. However, it is advisable to seek armed escort to reach this high. But the open fields near the gate and on the Kiserian side are quite safe.

Tigoni: In case you are seeking the high altitude training to boost blood count before a major event or when planning to hike a major mountain, the running in Tigoni could be an option. There are sufficient hills to work you cuffs and chest. But undulating tea plantations will soothe you all the way.

Mwea plains: The rice plantations of Mwea are a good place to run especially when rice is ripe. The lush fields offer a tranquilising sensation while the aroma of ripe pishori rice wafts through you wide open nose

There also road runs location around mount Kenya in Kirinyaga, Embu, Meru, Laikipia, Nyandarua, and Nyeri and Nairobi Arboretum,

Group Runs

In case one wants to do long outdoor runs, the joining a running group is the best option. The organisers are familiar with suitable and interesting trails and road runs for training big running events or just for the thrill of running with other running enthusiasts. Running in a group is also a great way to network Different groups have different distance prevalences that range from 4km to 25km. The day of the week that a run is scheduled and the location may also be a consideration. Some running groups and locations may have membership running fee so it is important to enquire from them before turning up at the venue. Searching the internet for running clubs does not yield much, but at the marathon races, you are likely to find runners donning their running group wear.

Below is a list of some of the more conspicuous running groups

 Running Groups/Clubs
Name: Urban Swaras
Runs: Saturdays 7:30 am
Distance: 15km and 25km
Fees:  Membership Ksh 500 per month, guest runners Ksh 150 per run
Urban: Swaras
Venue: varies
Membership: Open
Contact:, email: Lucy Thuo (
Name: Original Nairobi Hash House Harriers
Runs:  Mondays
Name: Sunday Nairobi Hash House Harriers
Runs: Sundays 4:00p.m
Distance: 8km and 15km for short and long run respectively
Joining:  Anyone
Venue:  Varies
Fees:  Ksh 200 per run
Name: Chepkero Athletics Club
Runs: Everyday
Chepkero Athletics Club is located in Flax Centre, Chepkero, Uasin Gishu county, about 20 miles southeast of Eldoret.
Name: Dagoretti Running Club.   We’ve got a membership fee payable if you decide to train with us
Runs: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.mFee:
Venue: Telkom grounds, Ngong road.
Contact: +254 788 104 142,+254 716 584 402
Name: Gigiri Running Group
Runs: Thursdays, 5:00 pm
Join:  Open to all
Venue: Maggie’s Pub, Gigiri near UN Avenue/Limuru Road Junction
Fees:  None
Contact:  Maggies pub
GFK Running Club (Karura Running Club)
Venue: Karura KFEET
Runs: 1st Sunday of the month
Distance: 10km.
Cost: Ksh1000 (This includes a post-workout snack and entry fees to Karura).
Tell: 0728-667870
Name:Nairobi Hash House
Runs: Monday evening at 5:45pm
Venue: changes every week.
Distances: 6km for short run, 10km longer run.
Joining in: Ksh 200/= per run
Contact:, website
Karura Forest Runners
Runs: Thursday from 4:30pm
Meets: Karura KFEET Centre
Distance: 14km to 17km in
Venue: Karura Forest and the nearby Gigiri and Runda environs.
Fee: Ksh 200 (KFS recreation charges)
Contact: +254720765707
Name:Mazoezi Jogging Group
Runs: 9 am
Meets: Windsor Golf and Country Club in Nairobi
Distance: 5k
Venue: Windsor Golf and Country Club in Nairobi
Fee: Ksh 200 (KFS recreation charges)
Contact: 020 8647701 http://www.windsorgolfresort.c…d=303&Itemid=283

Kayaking and Canoeing

If you have own canoe then you will be spoilt for choice when looking for a place to enjoy outdoor fetish. Kenya has many lakes with mild weather. However many are controlled by the Kenya wildlife service and you may want to contact them before venturing out.

There is also the Indian ocean where canoeing for outdoor fun is great.

As well, there are many private dams, mainly built for irrigation that have turned the water resource into canoeing venues.

Also, rivers Tana river and Athi river are viable for canoeing and kayaking

Rapids Camp
P. O. Box 66908 – 00200, City Square – Nairobi, Kenya
General Enquiries:
Camp: +254 732 308 026
Office: +254 722 308 026, +254 737 559 547 +254 719 282 026
Location: Sagana Town, off Sagana-Murang’a Road

Savage Wilderness
P.O.Box 1000
Sarit Centre
+254 (0) 737 835 963


The ultimate climbing desire of the outdoor climber in Kenya is to summit the snow-capped Mount Kenya.  The highest peak, Batian ,  and second highest,  Nelion, require technical climbing class 5.1. So most climbers are satisfied summiting point Lenana that does not require anything more than a good pair of boots and socks.

But there are other climbing opportunities in such as
Masaai land
Mathews ranges
Kamba land

For the technical climber, it is prudent to liaise with the Mountain Club of Kenya,  They are a good source of information and contacts.  Their offices are at the Nairobi Sailing and Sub Aqua Club, adjacent to Langata Shopping Centre. They hold club meetings on the second and last Tuesdays of each month.

But for simple hikes that do not require technical gear, many tour companies in Kenya will get there. Facebook is a good place to seek them out and review the member comments


As an outdoor activity, caving is such a thrill and Kenya does not disappoint. Kenya, having seen a fair share of volcanic activity, one needs a lifetime to explore all its caves. Therefore when you set out to undertake this outdoor activity, you are assured of unending adventure. Most caves are lava tube caves, that are created when molten lava flowing downhill solidifies on the surface while still flowing beneath. Holes in the surface layer allowed air to enter behind the lava flow, forming the caves.
Popular Lava tube caves in Kenya include Shetani (Kiswahili for the devil) that is 8 km, Suswa caves near Mai-Mahiu, and Leviathan cave in the Chyulu Hills that is 11km
For more information, contact the Cave Exploration Group of East Africa (CEGEA) or any tour company offering caving as an outdoor activity


Cycling for sport is very popular in Kenya. The outdoor variety isespecially popular. Many sportive outdoor enthusiats travel far and wide to ride a bike in the wild. You do not even need to have a bike to enjoy this great outdoor sport. There are many companies hiring bikes on short term basis. Most are actually situated where cycling the cycling takes place
Among the popular circuits is Karura in Nairobi, Ngong in Kajiado and Hells gate National park in Naivasha. In the coast there is Diani Beach, Malindi and Watamu. It is a pity that the city barons of all major urban areas do not provide for cycling.