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Mt. Longonot Hike


The name Longonot is derived from the Maasai word Oloonong’ot meaning mountains of many spurs or steep ridges. Longonot Park is 90 km from Nairobi and covers 52 square km, most of it being occupied by Mt. Longonot – a young volcano rising to 2,776 meters above sea level. The sides of the mountain have beautiful V-shaped valleys and ridges. 
The stony soils have little vegetation but the crater has an impenetrable forest. Due to the nature of the terrain Mount Longonot has no roads and visitors hike to the top and rim of the crater.
Major attractions – Extinct volcano and crater forest, scenic landscape, views of Lake Naivasha, Mt. Eburru, Mt. Suswa and the Great Rift Valley.
Activities: HikingBirding and Wildlife viewing. 

Meet at 6.45am; depart at 7 am to make it to Mt. Longonot by 8.30am.

The hike up to the rim takes a couple of hours, though going up the 4.1 kilometers to the rim of the crater can take anything from one and a half hours, depending on your speed and stamina. 

Have a picnic lunch & hike down, afterwards leisurely descend to the starting point then depart to Nairobi.

Optional: Binoculars and a camera

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Camping, Discovery, Family, Guided Tours, Wildlife
  • Activity Level Tough
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