Aberdares,  Hiking

Manguyo Falls-Aberdares Forest

A photo of Manguyo Falls

Manguyo falls is a magnificent looking waterfall deep in the Aberdares forest.

It is located in Kangema, Muranga county in a place called Tuthu.

A photo of Tuthu Village
Tuthu Village

It took us 3 hours from Nairobi where upon arrival to Tuthu village, we picked up armed guards from Kenya Forest Service station. On our trip, we had two.

A photo of Aberdares Forest
Aberdares Forest

We had a shuttle bus which we had to park a few meters from the starting point since the road is a little narrow.

Before proceeding to cross the fence separating Tuthu village from the forest, we were introduced to two male guides.

One was in his 70s and the other probably in his 60s. But don’t be fooled by their age. They have known and been in the forest since childhood.

The hike started at 10:30 am with a wide grass trail, then we proceeded to cross several streams before getting to a more narrow trail inside the forest.

Beginning of the trail in the forest

Most streams are deep enough to get your hiking boots wet. The trail got slippery when we went deep into the bamboo area. So be sure to carry your hiking pole or ask the guide to cut some bamboo sticks for support.

The bamboo trail is very thick and at some point, we lost network coverage. The river Mathioya is seen occasionally on your right.

A photo of Bamboo area in Aberdares Forest
A Bamboo area in Aberdares Forest

After about two and a half hours we had to cross a river. Most people removed their shoes since it’s deep. Some of us weren’t good with balancing on the stepping stones and got our boots wet.

 A photo of two people in the river arranging stones
Guides arranging some stepping stones

The last bit towards the waterfall is very thick with bamboo and the path gets very steep in the end.

A photo of two people walking down a slope in the forest
Last steep descent leading to Manguyo falls

Manguyo falls is great but one thing to note is, there is nowhere suitable to sit and enjoy it. Especially with many people.

A photo of people sitting on a slope in the forest
The small sitting area on the other side of the river to view Manguyo falls

We took around 4 hours to get there and had to cross to the other side of the river and up a steep climb to find a place to sit.

The hike back was easier and took less time. Overall we took 8hrs.

Things to note

Hike difficulty: Moderately difficult

Hiking time: Approx 8hrs (Normal pace)

Important points: Wear suitable shoes. Gumboots would work way better-honestly.

-It’s muddy and slippery

-Your feet will probably get wet.

-Carry a change of clothes and footwear after the hike

-No network coverage inside the forest

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