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Poaching has significantly reduced the number of Sunnis and duikers in the sanctuary. On several occasions during the rangers normal patrols they have come across a group of boys accompanied by a pack of dogs armed with clubs and pangas and on several occasions they have been seen carrying dead duikers and Sunnis  Hence the sanctuary saw that there was need to educate the schools adjacent to Ngong Forest on the importance of conservation and poaching. Invitation letters were sent out inviting the schools  to learn more on conservation and poaching.

On Friday we hosted Ngong primary school one of the school we had invited, they arrived at 9:30 am and were welcomed and ushered to the Education center by the Project coordinator.  They were shown the mounted species of butterflies and beetles of which all of them had been trapped at the sanctuary.  The project Coordinator Mr. Simon Nganga gave them a brief history about the Sanctuary and later gave a brief talk on the effects of poaching and the importance of conservation.

assembled in the hall

Students assembled in the hall


simon Nganga giving a talk

Mr Simon- project coordinator giving a talk 

Some of the effects he shared was that it affects every aspect of an ecosystem not only is it illegal but it affects animals in many ways. The biggest impact of poaching is that it decreases the animal’s population.  After he was through with the talk he handled them to the rangers who took them for a walk through the nature trails educating them about conservation.  They later watched a film on the effects of poaching and as they left they vowed never to poach any animal and also to educate their neighbours on the importance of conservation and the effects of poaching.

in one of the nature trails

students in one of the nature trails

one of the rangers giving a talk

One of the rangers sharing on the importance of conservation

watching a film

Watching a film on the effects of poaching


A while ago, we highlighted the various ways that the Southern Bypass was impacting on the Ngong Road Forest ecosystem.  What was once one continuous ecosystem was split into five separate forest sections to give way for the development of the bypass. This segmentation brought with it many conservation challenges both in terms of management and the ecological losses arising from habitat loss.

 The Five forest sections (click here to see)


The construction of the Ngong Road-bypass intersection, now underway, has seen the Kenya Forest Service sacrifice more forest land to create space for this new development. Sadly, the four slip roads that form a clover leaf intersection will see the forest loose thousands of trees, especially the endangered Silver Oak species that happen to fall in the roads way.

 The  Ngong Road- Bypass intersection (click here to see )

It is sad that this has had to happen as it is already a concluded matter. We have lost biodiversity that has taken decades to form and will take even more to replace.



Silver oak logs ready for transport

silver oak logs ready for transport

It is difficult trying to maintain the delicate balance between development and conservation. As a society, we need both but so far, conservation seems to be on the loosing end.

Resedential houses next to the forest

 Residential houses next to the forest.

The Apiary

An Apiary is also known as a bee yard is a place where bee hives are kept. Traditionally bee keepers also known as apiarists paid land rent in honey for use In  small parcels. The best place for an apiary is just on the edges of the forest where the bees just find enough to feed on. The bees just find enough food in the forest in various flowers and in summer they take advantage of the entire forest’s flora.

Hence the Sanctuary recognizes the importance of ensuring projects are relevant to the adjacent communities. The trust seeks to play a role in poverty alleviation by establishing projects that are beneficial to the communities but at the same time environmentally friendly.

Currently a women group from Kibera, Ngando and Mutoini has installed 200 hives in the bee keeping enterprise. The women devotedly visit the hives every Wednesday to check on the progress of the hives. Their effort has yielded results as they harvest honey after every 3 to 4 months which they later sell.

the apiary

The Apiary

the hives


The hives


Community women inspecting the hives

The project has not been without challenges and the major one being the baboons that constantly destroy the hives in their quest for Honey. To stop the baboons from destroying their apiaries, the women have resolved into  chaining the broad and the super box together using the supporting wires. Any attempt by the baboons to access the honey will only provoke the bees and you can guess what will happen.


Hives that had previously been destroyed by the baboons


By sunset on Friday, all was ready for the much awaited Saturday’s Starehe Girls Charity walk. This however did little to guarantee the organizing teams, both from the Sanctuary and the Schools of sound and comfortable sleep as they had to be on the ground by 5.30am just to ensure all was still well as they embarked on the final touches.

Unlike most of the other events we’ve hosted that usually kick off at nine, this was a rather unusual one as most participants, who mostly comprised of school children had arrived well before seven, all beaming with energy and excitement.

gathered at the venue

Gathered at the venue

The Starehe Boys Band spiced up the event by joining their sisters in their well choreographed and harmonized melodies in support of the girls.

starehe band

starehe girls and boys band

The Starehe boys’ band

At the end of the walk, many were amazed at just how the beautiful nature trails had made a 10km walk appear quite short. It was then time to appreciate the various categories of participants, with the most striking ones being the youngest and the oldest participants.

jubilated to have finished the race

happy to finish the walk

participants celebrate  at the end of the walk

the oldest parcitipant

The oldest participant receives a certificate

the youngest girl parcitipant

The youngest girl  participant receiving a certificate

the youngest  boy psrcitipant

The youngest boy participant receiving a certificate and a trophy

For those who would wish to hold an event in the sanctuary in future, please contact us on for arrangements.



In some years past, and still happens in some areas, Charity Walks used to be held on city roads, in which case the roads or streets in question would have to be closed from vehicular traffic, safe for the few necessary like for Security and First Aid.  In such a scenario, participants are usually exposed to the scotching sun for hours as they persevere the noise, air and other form of pollution from all around the route.  The aforementioned closure of closure of some roads for the purpose of the event translates into massive traffic jams in the adjacent streets with the end result being an agonizing day for both the motorists and the walkers which may at times dim all the good intentions the walk was intended to achieve.

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


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Outdoor Center

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Race Course Dam

The Riara Group of Schools will be holding a Charity Walk in aid of Starehe Girls Centre at the Sanctuary tomorrow. 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.

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Participants at a past event

For those who would wish to hold an event in the sanctuary in future, please contact us on for arrangements.


The Sanctuary recognizes the importance of ensuring that projects are relevant to adjacent communities. It therefore has included the neighbours in all stages of decision making and day to day management. The Trust seeks to play a role in poverty alleviation by establishing projects that are beneficial to the communities, but at the same time environmental friendly. The Sanctuary is working closely with the people in awareness campaign to inculcate the culture of sustainable use of natural resources.

Currently a women group from Kibera Ngando and Mutoini slums has installed 200 hives in a bee keeping enterprise.  Recently we hosted a group of people from Honey Care Africa they wanted to inspect the hives.   After their arrival they were welcomed and given a brief background about the Sanctuary.


Mr Simon  Ngong Forest’s Project coordinator briefing the guests


They were then led to the bee hives led by Ranger Steve Kamotho in the company of some of the community women. Once they got to the beehives the women went ahead to demonstrate how they carry out their inspections daily. Some of the visitors despite wearing bee suits were still afraid to   get near the hives but after some encouragements they went near to get a clear view on how the inspection was carried out.

changed into their bee hives suits

Fully dressed in bee inspection suits

inspecting the bee hives

Inspecting the hives

They were really impressed by the work the community women were doing and urged them to keep up the good work.




Trees are sanctuaries whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen  to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

Recently we received students from Nairobi University Environmental Club. Prior to their visit communication had been going on back and forth to help facilitate the activities that were to be  held. We had to inquire how many seedlings they wanted to plant to help in preparations e.g. pitting and staking out.They arrived at around 3.00pm and were warmly welcomed by the project coordinator Mr. Simon Ng’ang’a. They assembled at the tree nursery areawhere they were briefed.


briefing at the tree nursery area


Since the number of students expected exceeded the number of students who had confirmed and each wanted to plant a tree it was agreed that it would be demonstrated to them how to pit and stake  then plant the seedlings  by themselves.

Once they got to the site the project coordinator demonstrated how to remove the seedling from the potting tube without destroying it so that it could reused.  The activity didn’t take long  once they were done they decided to walk through the nature trails as they exited they learnt about the different  types of trees  and luckily for them they  had a chance to see the African Crown eagle feeding on a Skye monkey it had caught. They left promising to come soon for another visit.


Ranger Steve Kamotho demonstrating how to plant a seedling

busy planting

Busy Planting

digging more holes

Digging more holes


Planting trees

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In the recent past we have witnessed an increase in cases of illegal dumping of waste along the Cemetery Road, the road  leads to the Sanctuary’s main gate and also serves as the exit from  the Jamuhuri show ground. For a long time now, heaps of garbage has been randomly dumped at night at various points in the forest sections along the stretch with the worst cases occurring near the Cemetery road/Ngong road junction.

Bfore clean up

 Some of the dumped waste

The CFA( Community Forest Association) has written to NEMA( National Environment Management Authority) and the City Council in the past on this issue and no action has been taken so far.The situation is now getting serious as the area is gradually degenerating into a ‘regular’ dump site, hence the need for immediate, collective and firm action from all concerned parties.

Feshly dumped waste

Freshly dumped waste

As a first step, The Trust is organized a cleanup event and welcomed the participation of all stakeholders in the CFA to this exercise that was scheduled to start at 10:00am at the Cemetery road/Ngong road junction.The City Council’s environment department accepted to assist with the disposal of the collected garbage . A group of students from the University of Nairobi also volunteered to join in the exercise on their way to a tree planting event at the Sanctuary later in the day.

Local commnity assist in clean up

local community, the city council staff members and volunteers during the clean up


Aft clean up

After the clean up

Simon City Council Staff

Ngong Road  forest Sanctuary’s  project coordinator with some of the staff members from the city council

We also requested the City Council to install “No Dumping’ signage along the road to deter further dumping. We are encouraging all residents and neighbours of the forest to take individual responsibility to stop and/or report any cases of dumping in their neighbourhoods. Let us all and individually choose to make a difference in our own little ways.


On the 21st and 22nd of March, we had a visit from some children, we hosted them at the Imre Loefler Education centre where they were briefed by the Education Officer. Since some of the children did not speak English, they had a teacher who was able to translate to them in order to understand.


briefing at the education centre

They learnt basic things on insects and bee keeping. On insects the pupils were shown various types of butterflies and beetles that are mounted in The Education Centre.


catching and observing insects


rangers educating children on butterflies

The pupils got to meet Durney Mitchell who taught them how the butterflies and beetles are caught and preserved for future references. The pupils were also taken to the Apiary for some bee keeping knowledge and round the nature trails where they saw monkeys, red duikers, aardvark hole and porcupine quills.


Mitchel and the kids

That being the end of their visit we appreciate and invite every other person for some outdoor learning.

Cycling/Run Event Preparations


Quiet roads and gentle hills makes ideal rides for families. On Sunday 24th March, 2013 we will be hosting a cycling/run family fun day.  The event which is scheduled to start at 8.00 and end at around 12:30 pm is organized by H&A Sports in collaboration with Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary.

Lately we have been busy with the preparations for the event.   Clearing the paths and marking the trails has been some of the things we have been working on. The adults will be covering 10km while the Kids will be covering 5km.


trail marking


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photos of clearing and marking boundaries for guidance and safety of the cyclist

We hope to see you all here.

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