Hiking Mount Longonot
Kenya epic safaris offers an amazing adventure hiking mount Longonot for adrenaline seekers. The day trip starts from Nairobi very early in the morning and after formalities; we begin our journey to mount Longonot national park accompanied by the safari guide.
Mt. Longonot is a 9,111 ft volcanic mountain with a crater 600 ft deep, almost 4 Km in diameter and there are steam jets shooting out of the bottom of the crater.
It is at least a one hour walk to the crater rim and in addition this allows 2-3 hours for the crater circuit which is almost perfectly circular in shape.
Mount Longonot Hiking Adventure
The ascend to the rim of the crater starts at 6000 ft. The path is undoubtedly steep, so you should be prepared for many breaks and make sure you carry plenty of water so as to hydrate.
Like all good uphill hikes it will lure you into a sense of false security with a slow gentle rise to the first peak. This gives you a chance to get your lungs and limbs freed up for the second section, which is the most awesome. At the end of each section there is a rest point where you can prepare yourself for the next part of your trek.
We shall have hot lunch at a hotel after we successfully descend mount Longonot and finally travel back to Nairobi; however you can proceed to lake Naivasha or Nakuru for further tours on request.
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Hike Mount Longonot. [Itinerary]
We start our day trip bright and early with the intention of beginning the hike in good time so as to avoid the heat of the African Sun. By the time we hike to the end of the first section we will have worked up a sweat. This hike is not an easy tusk but is achievable by any one with average fitness.
We will maintain the trekking pace between sections and take breaks so as to conserve energy. The climb to the crater rim takes about an hour. Once you reach the rim of the mount Longonot, you have the option to descend or circumvent the crater before descending. The trek of the crater rim takes relatively two hours depending on one’s fitness, however the views you encounter are simply magical.
The descent is slightly easy but steep. The whole tour is about 8-9 km long covering the ascent, crater trek and the descent and can be covered within four to six hours. You may encounter wildlife on the trail. It’s advisable to carry energy / protein bars and lots of water to hydrate.
- Transport in a customized safari van with a pop up roof ideal for game viewing .
- Park entrance fees.
- Services of an English speaking hiking guide / ranger.
- Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
- All government taxes.
- International airfares.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.
Know Your Park
Mount Longonot is a stratovolcano located southeast of Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya. It is thought to have last erupted in the 1860s. Its name is derived from the Masai word oloonong’ot, meaning “mountains of many spurs” or “steep ridges”.
Mount Logonot is protected by the Kenya Wildlife Service. A trail runs from the park entrance up to the crater rim, and continues in a loop encircling the crater.
The whole tour is only about 8-9 km long but very steep, so that the round trip of park gate – Logonot Peak – park gate takes around 5 hrs hiking. The gate is around 2150 m asl and the peak at 2780 m asl but following the jagged rim involves substantially more than the 630 m vertical difference.
A forest of small trees covers the crater floor, and small steam vents are found spaced around the walls of the crater. The mountain is home to various species of wildlife, notably zebra and giraffe and buffaloes and hartebeest. Leopards have also been reported but are extremely difficult to spot.
Mount Longonot is 60 kilometres northwest of Nairobi a one hour driving distance. The nearby town is also named Longonot. The Logonot satellite earth station is located south of the mountain.
- Do not Litter the park/reserve.
- Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys or baboons.
- Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife.
- Do not take any plant or animals remains, dead or alive.
- Do not start fires or throw cigarettes in the parks/reserve.
- Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points.
- Do not shout, laugh loudly, honk or play loud music as this will keep away the animals.
- Do not provoke any animals; it’s dangerous.