Hiking Mount Olesekut in Kenya : Mount Olesekut is located in the South Rift Valley about 65 km from Nairobi, the Mount Olesekut summit on the Oloroka mountain range offers a moderately easy hiking safari through the Maasai community that takes about 5 to 6 hours to complete, to the dismay of the local Maasai, foreigners erroneously call this place ol esakut, a swear word in the Maa language. It’s an easier alternative to the much steeper and higher climb up Oloroka from the Oltepes side.
After completing the hiking safari it makes for a truly refreshing and full of the fun day hike far from the Nairobi hustle. Olesekut is the most amazing hill bordering Oltepesi on your way to Magadi, the hiking safari is a thrilling day excursion into the Maasai land, the hill is Maasai communal land and must be respected as such.
This trail starts at the saddle of Ole Sayeti where you walk up a gentle uphill slope along a motor able road to the brow of the hill to revel your intended Kenya safari destination, to the ole sekut a distant off to the east. After starting at the plains near Ole Sayeti, the trail skirts to the left of this little hill, then cuts across another plain to get to the base of Olesekut, it then winds its way up onto Oloroka ridges that present spectacular views of the surrounding countryside including the distant Ngong Hills.
From here on, the trail levels off at a high elevation and follows a ridge top with stunning V-shaped gullies off to the sides, and breathtaking sheer cliff drops, at the head of one of these side valleys is Kitalo Cave, a refuge for the Maasai Morans during their period of the living in that wild, following their circumcision, save for the few herds of the Maasai livestock you encounter grazing on the lower hill slopes, Olesekut is delightfully isolated from the civilization, and from its summit you get magnificent views of both Ngong Hills and Mount Olorgesailie , it makes for a truly refreshing day hiking safari from Nairobi.
Other activities to be done by the tourists at Mount Olesekut minus the hiking safari includes the trekking or the nature walks, fun adventure, networking, fun and games.
Charges at Mount olesekut in Kenya.
Kenyan, Ksh 2650
Expatriate, Ksh 3200
Non Resident, Ksh 3800
Requirements necessary for hiking the Mount Olesekut.
A hiker who is prepared to hike Mount Olesekut should have the following requirements that is track suits, T-shirt, a sweater in case of change of weather, comfortable shoes, and spirit of hiking and face mask and among others.
How to get to Olesekut.
Olesekut can be accessed by the road transport from Nairobi.
Here you take Langata Road till Bomas of Kenya, turn right on to Magadi Road, and drive past Ongata Rongai, Kiserian and Corner Baridi till Kisamis, then branch off to the right on to the Ngong circular road and drive past the bridge till you get to J.M Kariuki’s memorial marker at the site where his body was found back in 1975, following his assassination during Jomo Kenyatta’s regime.
Turn left and drive towards ole Sayeti until you find a Manyatta where you will park your vehicle, then after reaching the Olesekut the locals charge you a small fee to look after your car.
After reaching you are always recommended to get a local guide to help you to hike on this hill since it’s on the Maasai community land, the following guides know the local trails, and will also explain the local flora and history.