Mount Longonot

Summary

Distance from Nairobi              About 60km
Starting Point                              Mt Longonot Park Gate
Ending point                                Mt Longonot Park Gate
Walking Duration                       4 hours
Terrain                                         Fine dust, with loose gravel in some areas.

Difficulty    Moderate, with some steep climbing.

Background

As you drive from Nairobi along the upper escarpment road to Naivasha, the breathtaking view of Mt Longonot beckons you to the left, barely 60km out of Nairobi. This colossus dominates the surrounding landscape, with lava canyons on its steep slopes, and a circular caldera over a kilometre in diameter. It is a dormant volcano estimated to have last erupted in the mid 1800s, standing at an estimated 750m above the floor of the Great Rift Valley and 2776m above sea level.  A number of viewpoints on the highway have become popular stopovers for motorists drawn by the splendour of this magnificent view.

The whole mountain is a National Park under the jurisdiction of Kenya Wildlife Services. It is home to several wild animals, most of which live in the thick forest covering the crater floor. Spotting them is  not guaranteed.

Route Description

A hike on this mountain takes about 2hr from the Park Gate to the rim of the crater and back. For those going round the crater, the hike takes about 4hr for the round trip. The path up the slope is pretty steep and slippery at some points, so you need to be reasonably fit for this hike. The views from the crater rim however make every painful step worth the effort.


ganeandmarshall:mercury1:status:ok