Mount Longonot is a dormant strato volcano which is believed to have last erupted during the 1860’s. The name Mount Longonot is derived from the Masai word ‘oloongonot’ which means ‘a mountain of many spurs or steep ridges’. Mount Longonot National Park is only 52 square km, and most of it covered by the mountain. The park is famous for hiking and mountain climbing.
Mt Longonot National Park is located 90km from Nairobi city on the floor of the Great Rift Valley. The mt Longonot national park is a popular park for hiking and mountain climbing that takes less than 3-4hrs to climb/hike up and down. It is one of the best adventure day trips from Nairobi. Longonot national park is easy to get to and has the best sightseeing opportunities and one can look inside the mountain crater.
Mt. Longonot hike day trip itinerary
6:00am:- Nairobi- Great African Rift Valley
Depart Nairobi for Mt Longonot National Park.
6:30am: – Great Rift Valley View Point
You will make a scheduled stop at the view point on the side of the escarpment to enjoy the view of the Rift valley floor from a birds eye view. The rift valley system was formed 5 million years ago and the rift runs from the red sea through Ethiopia and Kenya and Tanzania. The rift valley is an active volcanic area and has some of the most interesting features including more than 8 lakes, dormant and active volcanic mountains and hotsprings and geysers like the Olkaria geothermal wells and Lake Bogoria geysers.
You can actually see the volcanic Mt Suswa and Mt Longonot from this high place with their evergreen craters and the undulating green rift valley floor. The view from here is just amazing. Make sure to take as many photos from here as you can.
7:30am: – Mt Longonot National Park
Drop into the rift valley and arrive at the Mt Longonot national park for your Hike up to the crater. The hike requires medium physical fitness and you will climb through the gulleys that dot the sides of this mountain. You can make some rest stops at the designated places on the trek. You will get to the rim of the crater and look into the awesome crater below. If you have the strength for it, you can go round the rim of the crater.
12:00pm: – Mt. Longonot –Lake Naivasha
Descend from the Longonot mountain for the base at the park headquarters. Relax for some while and take on the drive to Lake Naivasha.
1:00pm: – Simple but delicious lunch by the lakeside while watching the lakes beauty and the birds flying by.
2:30pm: – Boat Ride in Lake Naivasha
Go on an hour boat ride in this wonderful rift valley lake. The boat ride will take you to see the hundreds of birds in this lake including the diving African fish eagle which dives in the water to catch fish without ever missing. You will also go to the hippo pool and see the hippos as they swim and bleat inside the water while opening their mouths to over 180 degrees.
4:00pm: – Lake Naivasha -Nairobi
Depart Lake Naivasha for Nairobi.
5:30pm, you will be dropped off at your Nairobi hotel / Central point in Nairobi.