Castle Forest Hydrotherapy Chase
A Short Story About Castle Forest Hydrotherapy Chase
Castle Forest Hydrotherapy Chase is a day hike on the slopes of Mount Kenya, with the major attractions being water. There are twin falls at the starting point, the pinnacle being the Ford/Kamweti fall on the Kamweti River. At the heart of Kirinyaga, the Castle Forest offers breathtaking scenes and experiences, from the forest’s silence to a view of many bird species, and the noise of waterfalls. The hike will begin at Castle Lodge and proceed inside the silent lush forest. You will cross rivers and cross the gentle path to near Ford Fall, where the road ends and the trail begins. The trail is very friendly, with only a few muddy sections that are easily navigable, making it an ideal destination for you and your 8-year-old+ to start building endurance. The Kamweti Fall is at a steep descent, where you will need caution, but the arrival at the tall Kamweti Fall will get you dancing to the howls of the water. At the drop of the water or behind the dropping water is an excellent hideout to watch the waters from, not forgetting that you can immerse in the morning cold water to utilize your change of clothes.
After the experience at Kamweti Waterfall, the hike proceeds to the hut inside the forest to spice up the warm-up. After a moment of breathing, we will kick off our journey back. But just before boarding, we will make a very short descent to the fall near the starting point and then board for a drive to the third waterfall. Kangere Waterfall is along river Kiringa and is another bliss in a cool forest. It is after a breathtaking moment at this river that we will call it a day.
Approximate Distance: 14Km
Approximate Time: 8 Hours
Difficulty: Moderate (Beginner friendly)
What to Wear During the Castle Forest Hydrotherapy Chase
- Fleece Marvin/hat or a baseball cap.
- Proper hiking clothes (polyester t-shirt, wind jacket, hiking pants, fleece jacket).
- Comfortable hiking boots (should be at least one size bigger than your standard shoe size).
In the Castle Forest Hydrotherapy Chase Backpack, Have
- At least 2 liters of water (use a water bladder or a reusable bottle). Disposable plastic bottles are not allowed inside parks.
- Snacks such as biscuits, nuts, fruits, crisps, etc.
- A valid identification document.
- A hiking pole.
- A raincoat/poncho.
It is Also Advisable to Have
- A set of clothes to change into after the hike (sometimes, the good hiking gear also fails, and weather changes are unexpected).
- East Africa Community Citizens/Kenyan Residents (EA)- Kes. 3700
- Rest of Africa Citizens (RA)- Kes. 3900
- International Visitors (IV)- Kes.4100
- East African (EA) Citizen: A native East African country (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo) with valid identification documents or passport.
- Kenyan Resident: A person of another nationality residing in Kenya, with valid documentation from the Kenyan government.
- Rest of Africa Citizens (RA): A national of African countries other than East African countries with a valid passport.
- International Visitors (IV): Hikers other than those from EAC and the rest of African countries.
N/B: The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Kenya Forest Service (KFS) recognize the three categories using Identity Cards (IDs) and identification documents issued by the government. Ensure you identify yourself with the card you already hold.
What the Ticket Includes
- Transport to the trail and back.
- Park entry/conservation charges.
- Professional and friendly guides (armed rangers or local guides), ensuring at most eight people have one guide.
- Assorted fruits to recharge.
- Refill water. Carry a refillable bottle. Plastics are not allowed inside parks.
- Skilled first aider within the team.
- A trip souvenir to remember the place and its personal discoveries.
N/B: Our package excludes personal insurance, hiking gear, and anything else not mentioned above.
Booking Castle Forest Hydrotherapy Chase
Reserve a slot by paying at least Kes.2000 to M-Pesa Buy Goods Till number 9754473 (Hikers Arena Limited) by 10th Jan and clear the balance before departure.
We would love to make it so flexible and bookable on the day before the hike, but we know it could ruin your experience since we may be unable to plan adequately for the hike day. Please book early.
Meeting point: Kencom, Nairobi CBD (Opposite the city clock)
- 5.10 am: Boarding opens
- 5.25 am: Departure for Castle Forest Lodge (The departure time is strict)
- 8.30 am: Arrival at Castle Forest Lodge
- 9.00 am: Hike starts
- 2.00 pm: Turn-back time
- 4.00 pm: Departure for Nairobi
N/B: The departure time back to Nairobi is subject to the day’s team and could be earlier or later than estimated.
Maintaining the Convenience for Everyone
Your ‘food’ could be the other person’s ‘poison’. Therefore;
🚫If you like music while hiking, carry earphones or headphones to listen at your volume and convenience.
🚫Smoking, alcohol, and other non-prescribed drugs are prohibited during the hike.
✅While we have a list of what is needed above, we provide an extra liter of water to refill your valves and fruits as part of the package. The fruits are clean, but you should also wash your hands and the fruits to observe hygiene. Your health is paramount.
We value you and welcome you to the Arena. See you on the trails. See you on Saturday.
✅Wear your boot, especially if you have not for a while, and ascertain that it is still comfortable.
✅Take no vigorous or no exercises later than 2 days before the hike to reserve energy to carry you through the day.
✅Hydrate beyond often starting 3 days until the end of the hike.
✅Cut your toenails short for comfort in socks and the boot. When descending, you create a stronger grip, whose effect lasts on the toes. Doing this will make your experience more comfortable and memorable.
✅Ensure you stock your supplies the day before the hike, so we stop only for emergencies.
✅Empty your bowels before leaving in the morning.
After the Hike
- Engage in post-hike stretching exercises to improve flexibility and prevent muscle tightness. Focus on stretching major muscle groups such as the calves, quadriceps, hamstrings, and hips. Hold each stretch for 15-30 seconds without bouncing.
- Replenish fluids lost during the hike by drinking plenty of water. Proper hydration is essential for muscle recovery and overall well-being. Consider consuming a sports drink or electrolyte-rich fluids to replenish electrolytes lost through sweat.
- Consume a balanced meal or snack within a few hours after your hike. Include protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats to aid muscle recovery and replenish energy stores. Foods like lean meats, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts are good options.
- If you experience muscle soreness or inflammation, apply ice or cold therapy methods such as cold packs or ice baths to reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort.
- Ensure adequate sleep supports your body’s recovery process. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Good sleep is crucial for repairing and rejuvenating your muscles.
- Allow your body sufficient time to rest and recover after a hike. Take it easy for the next couple of days and avoid overexertion. Proper rest is essential for repairing muscles and preventing injury
Cancellation and Refund Policy
If, for any reason, you decide to cancel the ticket, the following applies;
- At least one week before the event: A 100% refund.
- At least 72 hours before the event: A refund of 50% of the booking fee and 100% of the excess fee.
- Less than 48 hours to the event: The booking deposit will not be refunded. The rest will be refunded.
- No shows & latecomers: No refund.
If you decide to postpone your ticket, please notify us at the latest 48 hours before the event. We will carry your ticket to another event.