Table Mountain Aberdare Kenya is one of the best hiking trails to train for high elevation treks. The trail starts about 250 Metres from a small shopping center known as Kwa Matu in the Kipipiri area. The track is strategically on the southwest end of the Aberdare ranges. It neighbors most popular trails such as the seven ponds and The Rurimeria hill. From the summit, it is possible to transverse to the peaks of the seven ponds, Rurimeria and Mount Satima on the north. Traversing to these summits would take several Hours and also needs strong hiking Stamina. It stands at an elevation of 3781m, although the recording for the board summit board below reads otherwise. It is the fifth highest mountain in Aberdare National Park and the 8th highest mountain in Kenya.


When attempting this hike, essential hiking skills are paramount. The trail is steep, and rating it out of 5. The difficulty level is – 5 out of 5; it is the most challenging trek in the Aberdare national park. However, it is a great trail to train for high elevation mountains; Mount Kenya, Mount Kilimanjaro, or even Ruwenzori.

From the starting point to the summit and back to the starting point, the trail is about 8.5 kilometers. The whole hike takes approximately 4-6 Hours, depending on your level of fitness. It’s a single file track thus easy to turn around if you can’t go beyond a certain point. It’s steep, and when descending, particularly during the rainy season, it gets slippery, hence dangerous. In the moorland area, there is a small portion that is usually very boggy. A proper hiking boot is a worthy item to have while hiking on this trail at all times. A boot should at least have high ankle support and a good grip. This trail is not ideal for beginners to Hiking, Children, or senior persons.


The best time to visit Table Mountain Aberdare, Kenya, is from Jan to December. However, between April- June, and October-December there are heavy rains. The coldest months are June, July, and August. The perfect time of day to go up is in the early morning before it gets cold. Usually, the entire Aberdare region experiences convectional rain showers in the afternoon. When visiting any of the Aberdare Trails, Plan for rainwear. You rather carry and not use than be sorry when being showered mercilessly.


It recommended taking the hike with a guide. You can still opt to trek without a guide, but it is easy to get lost by the nature of the Aberdare region. Aberdares has a history of people getting lost and having someone who understands the trail and the weather dynamics is fundamental. The Local community guides mark the walking path with ribbons, yet with time they fade away because of exposure to the sun and rain; hence this option may not be very reliable.