Nairobi Day Trips – A Mt Longonot Hike
The dormant volcano rises 1000m above the baking-hot valley floor and was formed 400,000 years ago; it last erupted in the 1860s. The park itself covers only 52 sq km, and was set up to protect the volcano’s ecosystem and little else. The name ‘Longonot’ comes from the Maasai name Olo Nongot, which means ‘Mountain of Many Summits’. A unique feature is the thick forest that lies within the crater of the mountain. The crater rim also provides great scenic views across the beautiful Rift Valley all the way to Lake Naivasha. Major wildlife attractions at Mount Longonot include buffaloes, elands, lion, leopard, bushbucks, common zebra, giraffe and Grant’s gazelles.
Tour guide: Denis Micheni
7.30 AM: Pick up from Hotel or CBD or Airport Pickup from your hotel, Airport or designated point in the CBD and drive 60 KM through the Great Rift Valley to Mt Longonot National Park where our hike begins. After paying the park entrance fee we start the hike and in about an hour thirty minutes or so we will be at the ream. It takes approximately 4 hours to go round the ream of the mountain. Along the ream you get the highest peak ( Kilele Ngamia ) Standing at 2776 M above sea level. From this point you will have breathtaking views of Lake Naivasha and surroundings. Later descend to the gate where we board our van and go for a late lunch and return to Nairobi where our excursion ends. You will be dropped at the airport or hotel.
Services of English speaking guide
Park entrance fee
Transport from Nairobi to Longonot and back