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 takes us 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 the Kiringa River, another bliss in a cool forest. It is after a breathtaking moment at this river that we will call it a day.

Approximate Distance:

  • 12Km: Lodge-Kamweti fall-Lodge
  • 20km: Main gate-Kamweti fall-Main gate
  • 28km: Main gate-Kamweti fall-Camp-Main gate

Approximate Time: 8 Hours

Difficulty: Moderate (Beginner friendly)

What to Wear During the Castle Forest Hydrotherapy Chase

  1. Fleece Marvin/hat or a baseball cap.
  2. Proper hiking clothes (polyester t-shirt, wind jacket, hiking pants, fleece jacket).
  3. Comfortable hiking boots (should be at least one size bigger than your standard shoe size).
  4. Sunscreen.

In the Castle Forest Hydrotherapy Chase Backpack, Have

  1. At least 2 liters of water (use a water bladder or a reusable bottle). Disposable plastic bottles are not allowed inside parks.
  2. Snacks such as biscuits, nuts, fruits, crisps, etc.
  3. A valid identification document.
  4. A hiking pole.
  5. A raincoat/poncho.

It is Also Advisable to Have

  1. A set of clothes to change into after the hike (sometimes, the good hiking gear also fails, and weather changes are unexpected).

See more details on how to prepare for this hike and the steps to take after the hike to ease the after-hike effects here.


  • East Africa Community Citizens/Kenyan Residents (EA)- Kes. 3700
  • Rest of Africa Citizens (RA)- Kes. 3900
  • International Visitors (IV)- Kes.4100

See what the tickets mean and what they include here.

Booking Castle Forest Hydrotherapy Chase

Reserve a slot by paying at least Kes.2000 using Mpesa and clear the balance before departure. Hikers Arena ticket Cancellation and refund policy applies.

  • Paybill No: 522533
  • Account No: 7848929

Trip Itinerary

Meeting point: Kencom, Nairobi CBD (Opposite the city clock)

  • 4.45 am: Boarding opens
  • 5.00 am: Departure for Castle Forest Lodge (The departure time is strict)
  • 8.00 am: Arrival at Castle Forest Lodge
  • 8.20 am: Hike starts
  • 1.30 pm: Turn-back time
  • 4.30 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.

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May 11 2024


All Day


KES 3,700.00


Central Kenya

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