Mt Longonot Hike

Overview

Mount Longonot Hike is a one day trip to Mount Longonot Park located only 60 kilometers from Nairobi. Mount Longonot is one of the favorite places to go for hiking or mountain climbing. This day trip to Mount Longonot will be available any day of the week. Typifying the stormy volcanic roots of the Great Rift Valley, Longonot Mountain is a fascinating inactive volcano that overlooks the beautiful landscape of Lake Naivasha area in Kenya. Rising to 2700 meters above sea level (and also 750 meters above the nearby landscape), this Mount Longonot hiking trip offers trekkers an interesting and inspiring hike culminating at one of the best and most exciting views of Kenya. Tug on those hiking boots, carry sunscreen and hit the road in exploring one of Kenya’s least visited conservation parks.

Highlights
A chance to see African wildlife up close as you climb (Giraffes, Buffalos, Zebras)
Hiking on this mountain will take approximately 1-2-hours from the Park Gate to the crater and a 3-4 hrs to go round the crater rim.
Witness magnificent views from the crater rim

Itinerary

Drive from Nairobi along the Great Rift Valley escarpment. The stunning views of Mount Longonot will beckon barely 60 kilometers from Nairobi. See this remarkable colossus dominate the surrounding landscape. The mountain has lava canyons on its steep slopes. There will also be a circular caldera over a kilometer in diameter. The mountain is a dormant volcano said to have last erupted in the mid-1800s and rises about 750 meters above the Great Rift Valley floor and some 2776 meters above sea level. There will be a number of viewpoints on the highway to this mountain which has become a popular stopover for the motorists drawn by the splendor of this outstanding view. The entire mountain is a national park within the jurisdiction of Kenya Wildlife Services.

The park is home to a number of wild game, most of which harbor in the thick forest covering the crater floor. Spotting the animals (wildlife) is not guaranteed. Hiking on this mountain will take approximately 2-hours from the Park Gate to reach the rim of the crater and descend back to the gate. The hike going round the crater rim would mean another 2-hours, thus the total hike will take approximately 4-hours for the round trip. You might want to include a visit to Lake Naivasha for a sunset boat ride to see hippos before returning to Nairobi. The path up the mountain slope will be pretty steep and can get slippery at some points. Thus, hikers need to be reasonably fit to take part on this hike. The magnificent views from the crater rim itself are however worth every painful step and effort. This hiking day will be of moderate difficulty with steep climbing. The terrain has fine dust with loose gravel in some areas of the hike. You should bring with you comfortable hiking shoes, light clothing, extra drinking water and snacks.

After the hike we shall drive to a nearby hotel for lunch and embark on our journey back to Nairobi arriving early in the evening.

Includes and Excludes

Bottled water (One Litre per person)
Driver/ guide
Transport from Nairobi to Longonot and back
Lunch after the hike.
Park fees

What’s Not Included

Alcoholic drinks
Gratuities (optional)
Travel Insurances and medical covers
Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

Prices
Citizen Ksh 2600

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