Walks are through a National Park containing herds of Zebras, Kongoni, Giraffe and warthogs. The variety of bird life should not be missed. The full day hikes are past towering vulture – inhabited cliffs, down a dry riverbed to the boiling sulphurous springs, hike up Mt. Longonot to the crater arriving in Nairobi by late afternoon.
Depart Nairobi in the morning and head around 60 kilometres north, stopping for views over the Great Rift Valley. Proceed down the escarpment, which is the eastern wall of the Great Rift Valley, onto the floor of this great gorge and head toward Mount Longonot, just south of Lake Naivasha.
You start the hike from the main gate of the National Park, hiking vertically up the dormant volcano, rising over 630 metres to the rim of the crater at 2776 metres above sea level. The walk is very steep and craggy in parts and a trek encircling the rim and back to the gate is around nine kilometres.
This day trek is a good warm up to experience the conditions of a mountain trek and test your stamina for a longer trek, like Mount Kenya or Mount Kilimanjaro. It is also a great day out for anyone who doesn’t have the time for anything longer than a day trek, but would still like a challenging hike at altitude.
But best of all, from the rim, there are spectacular views into the crater as well as the surrounding landscape taking in Lake Naivasha, open plains, towns and small villages. The crater floor is carpeted by a forest of trees which is home to all sorts of wildlife including zebra, giraffe, buffalo and hartebeest.
Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
Mount Longonot is a dormant strata volcano (a tall conical volcano built up from many layers of hardened lava) which is believed to have last erupted during the 1860s. The name Mount Longonot is derived from the Maasai 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.
Return transport between Nairobi and the trek start point,
guide, entry fees, packed lunch.
personal insurance, items of a personal nature, drinks, tips.
Don’t forget to bring
Day pack, sunhat, sunscreen, drinking water, camera, waterproof clothing, hiking boots, walking poles (optional), warm fleece.