NGONG FOREST MTB CHALLENGE A GREAT SUCCESS!!!

On Saturday 23rd August 2014 Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary in partnership with H&A held a cycling and running event at the sanctuary. The event whose main aim was to: Create cycling trails within the forest for the public, Maintain the existing fence and increase security for all along the trails and Help in the daily running of the Sanctuaries activities was a great success.

warm up

Warming up before  the cycling starts

briefing

flag off

Briefing and flagged off

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Cycling in the forest

finishing point

At the finishing point

 

glad he made it

Glad to have made it to the end

certificates

Participants awarded certificates for participation

 

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE NGONG FOREST MTB CHALLENGE????

H & A have partnered with the Ngong Forest Sanctuary and we have agreed on a quarterly cycling and running event in the Ngong Forest.The Ngong Forest is located in Nairobi City and is among the few remaining Forests within the city of Nairobi. The forest is managed by the Ngong Forest Sanctuary trust and is Open to the public.

Our goals together with the Ngong Sanctuary Trust are to;

• Create cycling trails within the forest for the public
• Maintain the existing fence and increase security for all along the trails
• Help in the daily running of the Sanctuaries activities.

The H & A Ngong Cycling challenge is hosted within the forest. The trails are well marked out and boast great variance and beautiful sights.

The Ngong Forest mtb  Challenge is happening on 23rd August 2014 at Ngong Forest Sanctuary.

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Kindly register at : www.hnasports.co.ke

The Spirit of Hiking Revealed In The Sanctuary Once Again.

 

The sanctuary was much glad to welcome the Uvubuzi members for hiking in the sanctuary recently. The team comprised of families and friends who were eager to have a hike in the only forest within a city. The uniqueness of this forest is that despite of the challenges that forests undergo more so from human activities it has emerged to be recognized as the only natural forest in the city.

The members arrived and were ushered in well by our rangers and first we got the chance to introduce ourselves and orientation was done.

getting to know each otherintroductions

entrance

at the entrance
At 12 the hike began with all members ready for the event all dressed in appropriate attires to ease with the hike in the forest. We walked and I actually could tell that the forest could have much to offer when they could see much of the co existence between the flora and fauna and their dependency and adaptations that make each one of them able to survive in the wilderness and how mother nature is so true and quite beyond the human understanding on how actually life is in the forest. As we proceeded with the hike we bonded learned a lot from each other and also saw different animals, birds, trees and shrubs that we came across. The growth and the characteristic of the “mugumo tree” in Kikuyu, English name known as the strangler fig tree botanical name the “Fiscus Thonningiii” wowed and the same time was an amusement in how it grows to be a such huge tree.

at mugumo

amused at how the “mugumo tree” grows
The security was much available and they felt safe to walk having four security personnel walking in front at the back and in the midst of them. We went from the wide trails to the thickets in the forest and down and up the seasonal river which at now is dried up and we walked along the river into the thicket forest and we came to an open place where we had a rest and agreed let us call it a day and went back after a rest at the Racecourse Dam tracing different birdlife of different species around that particular site.

walking

walking in the forest

resting at thedam

taking a rest at the dam

At 2.30 I could tell that majority of the Uvubuzi team were tired and we had to cut it short for another day. Having achieved and gained much knowledge on the forest, have hiked, bonded and also the exercise part and stretching of the body muscles are among the accomplishments that they had managed to accomplish.

uvumbuzi club

welcome again

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THE FOREST WITHIN A CITY

Ngong forest complex have attracted great national, regional and international interest for its immense scientific, economic and social value. The forest is rich in biodiversity more specifically the bird species. In addition, these unique ecosystem provides a wide array of goods and services for local communities including; fuel, food, medicine,  and favorable environment. Ngong forest essence can be felt either within the vicinity or far from it.
However, Ngong forest has featured prominently in security discussion within Nairobi, in addition to illegal forest resource extraction . It is due to this need for fencing Ngong forest arose. Currently the crime level is almost to zero due to erection of electric fence and intense surveillance by the l forest guards with the help of the Kenya Forest Service.
Ngong forest sanctuary receives visitors with different interest. For this reason come enjoy all benefits of a forest in the city, be it in bird watching, forest walks, education, cycling, game watching, running, hiking amongst other activities.

bird watching

Bird watching

H&A SPORTS

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cycling

cycling

team building

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Team building
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Sanctuary hosts researchers from France

The day started as usual and we expected two professors who were interested in pointing out the complications and consequences of decoupling dynamic of people and nature. In their research they pointed out Nairobi as their first priority. The key reasons were; diverse habitat, carnivore population, increasing human population, city development and drastic climate changes in the world and more specifically in parks and forests that are adjacent to the cities.

In their sample, they selected Ngong forest and Nairobi national park as their potential area.
They were ushered into the Sanctuary’s office where Mr. Simon Nganga the project coordinator gave a brief history of the Sanctuary and the animals found in the forest. They then headed to the forest to check what animals they would find.

IN THE FOREST

in the forest
On our way we encountered several unique things that were out of the target i.e 6 species of birds and among them was a very cryptic bird known as black and white wattle eye, different tree species including the endangered silver oak.

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To our advantage we found two carcasses of a dog and a cow that were very close to a den of hyenas. In addition, we found hyena droppings which were characterized by their whitish coloration due to immense presence of calcium.

hyena droppings

Hyena droppings

Caracus

Carcasses of a cow and a dog

Finally,  we visited the seasonal river before heading back to the office.

at the seasonal river

at the seasonal river

 

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Visit to section one of Ngong Road Forest

On Friday at around 1.00 pm we visited the recently opened section one of Ngong Road Forest that is located along the southern by pass for a nature walk. At the gate we were ushered in by one of the rangers who gave a brief background of that section of the forest.
We first visited the tree nursery which had so many diverse species of birds. The tree nursery also had many different tree species and was well maintained. We walked deeper into the forest and we could identify different types of trees, shrubs, we also found out there were a lot of medicinal shrubs.

at the entrance

at the entrance

 

nursery

the nursery
The nature trails were interesting to walk along as they had very many corners that made one eager to walk even more as we were curious of what we would find along the way. There are two dams and the interesting part is that they are different therefore being a different habitat for different species of plants, birds, insects and other animals found around marshy habitats. The two dams are a quite a good site to view and even a suitable site for recreational activities such as picnics and even photo shoots.

one of the nature trails

at one of the nature trails

at one of the dams

the upper dam

dam

the other dam

the lower dam

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SANCTUARY RECEIVES UNEXPECTED VISITORS

Over the years, population increase in Nairobi City has led to overcrowding in the few leisure spots available. The Sanctuary is therefore timely into offering yet another alternative. Due to its uniqueness of being an indigenous forest within a city and given that’s its only 6km from the city Centre. Various institutions have found the Sanctuary as a perfect destination to hold their events due to the many attractive sites it offers.
Recently we received students from Moi University, town campus it was an impromptu visit as we were not aware that they would visit. They were ushered in by Ranger Nicholas Akach who welcomed them and directed them to the sanctuary’s hall for briefing. After the briefing, the students were on their way in the forest very excited to have a nature walk in the forest. Some were heard saying, ‘I am anticipating by the end of the day to lose some weight, have fun and adventure at the same time.” Led by the ranger the students first visited the apiary here they learnt more on bee keeping they took pictures as enjoyed the ambiance there.

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The Apiary

at the apiary

They then visited the glade where they rested had fun as they had some snacks, the next place they visited that was the seasonal river. Did you know there is a seasonal river inside in the forest?  Well there is!!   We then headed to the caves. It was really dark and we couldn’t go inside.

at the glade

at the glade

By the time we were headed to the dam most of the students were tired and this we could tell by the questions they kept asking “How far are we from the dam?” At the dam they took photos and wished they got an opportunity to swim.

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The Dam
They went back to the orientation Banda where they had lunch and left at their own pleasure, promising to visit again.
If you wish to visit kindly contact us through:

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STAREHE GIRLS CHARITY WALK A BIG SUCCESS AT THE SANCTUARY

For the second time now, Riara Group of Schools held a Charity Walk in aid of Starehe Girls Centre at the Sanctuary on Saturday. This is the Starehe Girls’ Centre 10th Academic Year and a major milestone given the support they have continued to receive in sustaining a Centre of Excellence in education for brilliant and needy girls. The school has continued to grow with forty (40) additional girls joining every year to make a total of 480 Students this year (2014).

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Warm up
Hence on Saturday the Sanctuary hosted the 2nd annual charity walk .The walk attracted over 3000 participants from all walks of life with the biggest number being students from various schools in Nairobi. By 9am most of the participants had arrived and were being entertained by the Starehe Girls and Boys band. Shortly after majority of the participants had arrived warm up began and were officially flagged off. There were three checkpoints all providing bottled water and glucose to the participants. There were two routes one was 5km and the other was 10km surprisingly majority chose the 10km route and even the young kids walked the 10km.

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Warm up

the walk begins

the walk

Walking in the forest

at one of the check points

at one of the check points

 

Once they were done they headed to the finishing point where they were entertained by the Band and as they awarded the winners of the walk.

the band entertains

the band entertains

winners awarded

Winners of the walk awarded

winner

Winners awarded

oldest participant awarded

oldest participant of the walk awarded

Many organizers of such events have come to realize this and are now turning to natural environments as they are more serene, less polluted and in fact guarantee the participants a refreshing feeling at the end of the event.

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ENVIRONMENTAL NATURE WALK AT THE SANCTUARY

Recently the Sanctuary hosted Pupils from Cathsam School for a nature walk. They arrived at 10.40 am very cheerful and eager to learn more on conservation and the forests physical features. Upon their arrival they were welcomed and ushered into the education center by ranger Nicholas Akach who handled them over to Miss Ann Mbula who gave them a brief background about the sanctuary and what they were expected to see.

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introduction

Miss Anne Mbula gives a brief background of the Sanctuary

After the introduction at the hall about the Ngong Road sanctuary they headed to the orientation Banda where they were divided into 2 groups.

 

at the orienattion Banda

pupils are divided into two groups
They visited the crown eagle’s nest where they learn more about the African Crowned Eagle , the apiary hee they learnt more on beekeeping and how honey is made and finally they visited the Narina outdoor centre. The children were very exhausted by the time the walk was over but they all managed to walk to the end.

narina outdoor centre

at the Narina outdoor centre

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in one of thr nature trails
After the walk the pupils from Cathsam School took their lunch  as they also enjoyed playing a few games before heading back to school. At around 2.00 pm their teachers organized them and they returned to their school. What a cheerful day they had in a nature environment away from what they are used to. They went home happy and thankful to Mother Nature for the awesome experience they had.


Story By Anne Mbula
Intern from Technical University of Kenya

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SANCTUARY TO HOST SECOND STAREHE GIRLS CENTRE ANNUAL CHARITY WALK

For the second time now, Riara Group of Schools will be holding a Charity Walk in aid of Starehe Girls Centre at the Sanctuary on Saturday 7th June.
This is the Starehe Girls’ Centre 10th Academic Year and a major milestone given the support they have continued to receive in sustaining a Centre of Excellence in education for brilliant and needy girls. The school has continued to grow with forty (40) additional girls joining every year to make a total of 480 Students this year (2014).
For the many participants that will turn up for the walk, it will be a great chance to interact with nature and they walk for a worthy course, talk of double benefits.

starehe girls and boys band

gathered at the venue

jubilated to have finished the race

Many organizers of such events have come to realize this and are now turning to natural environments as they are more serene, less polluted and in fact guarantee the participants a refreshing feeling at the end of the event.

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students head into the forest

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 Previous Kid’s event
For those who would wish to hold an event in the sanctuary in future, please contact us on office@ngongforestsanctuary.com  for arrangements.