Ngong, Kenya

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Ngong is located in Kenya
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Location of Ngong
Coordinates: 1°22′S 36°38′E / 1.367°S 36.633°E / -1.367; 36.633Coordinates: 1°22′S 36°38′E / 1.367°S 36.633°E / -1.367; 36.633
Country  Kenya
County Kajiado County
Elevation 1,961 m (6,434 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 107,188 [1]
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)
Climate Cfb

Ngong is a town near the Ngong Hills along the Great Rift Valley, located in the southwest of Nairobi, in southern Kenya. The word "Ngong" is a Maasai word meaning "knuckles", referring to the 4 hill peaks of the ridge, which stands alone rising from the plain around Nairobi.[2] The Ngong Hills, from the eastside slopes, overlook the Nairobi National Park game reserve and, off to the north, the city of Nairobi. The Ngong Hills, from the westside slopes, overlook the Great Rift Valley dropping over 4,000 feet below, where nomadic Maasai live.

Demographics[edit]

The population of Ngong is 107,188,[1] and the elevation of Ngong town is 1,961 meters in altitude, but the altitude of the hills is about 2,460 meters above sea level. Ngong was the central town of Ngong division while Kajiado County was a district.

History[edit]

During the years of British colonial rule, the area around the Ngong Hills was a major settler farming region, and many traditional colonial houses are still seen in the area.

Today Ngong and its environs is a well-developed outskirt providing a good residing place for many of Nairobi's workers

Ngong division consists of the Nairobi suburbs of Ongata Rongai, Kiserian,[Matasia] (Oloolua Area) and Kitengela where the residents are primarily Nairobians who build houses in the more quiet regions of the city.

In the 1985 film Out of Africa, the four peaks of the Ngong Hills appear in the background of several scenes at Karen Blixen's house, located near Ngong. Local residents still reported seeing lions in the Hills during the 1990s.

The solitary grave of Denys Finch Hatton, marked by an obelisk and garden, is located on the eastern slopes of the Ngong Hills, overlooking the vast game reserve.

Former and current world marathon athletes, including all time champion Paul Tergat reside here.

Basketball is a popular sport in Ngong, with future NBA stars such as Nashon Zawadi and Andrew Bagaka improving their skills at CITAM Ngong basketball court. The court however, isn't in good condition.

It is the see city of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ngong.

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