Mount Longonot Hiking

Mount Longonot Hike From Nairobi

Hike Mount Longonot on a full-day excursion from Nairobi and earn sweeping views across Lake Naivasha and the Great Rift Valley from the trail to the crater.

With the chance to see wildlife in Mount Longonot National Park, home to giraffe, impalas, buffalos, and gazelle, this hiking trip gets you out of the city and into Kenya’s spectacular mountains without the long drive times required to reach many wilderness destinations. Early morning departure takes advantage of cooler morning hours Stay hydrated on the hike with provided bottled water Option to hike around the crater before descending Convenient pickup and drop-off at Nairobi hotels.



Summary Of Mount Longonot Hiking from Nairobi

Lake Naivasha (Pass by) you can have this option if time allows. Boat ride at Lake Naivasha Mount Longonot National Park (Pass By) Mount Longonot day trip hiking Background With a drive from Nairobi along the Great Rift Valley escarpment, the stunning view of Mount Longonot beckons, barely 60km from of Nairobi. This remarkable colossus dominates the surrounding landscape. The mountain has lava canyons on its steep slopes. There is also a circular caldera over a kilometer in diameter. The mountain is a dormant volcano said to have last erupted in the mid-1800s. The mountain is rises at about 750m above the Great Rift Valley floor and some 2776m above the sea level. There are a number of viewpoints on the highway to this mountain which have become popular stopovers for the motorists drawn by the splendor of this outstanding view. The entire mountain is a National Park within the jurisdiction of Kenya Wildlife Services. The park is home to a number of wild games, most of which harbor in the thick forest covering the crater floor. Spotting the animals (wildlife) is not guaranteed. Mount Longonot hiking route description Hiking on this mountain takes approximately 2 hours from the Park Gate to reach the rim of the crater rim and descent back to the gate. The hike going round the crater rim would mean another two hours, thus the total hike takes approximately 4 hours for the round trip. You might want to include a visit to Lake Naivasha for a sunset boat ride to see hippos before return to Nairobi. The path up the mountain slope is pretty steep and can get slippery at some points. Thus, hikers need to be reasonably fit to take part on this hike. The magnificent views from the crater rim itself are however worth every painful step and the effort. This day hiking is of moderate difficulty with steep climbing. Terrain has fine dust, with loose gravel in some areas of the hike. You should bring with you comfortable hiking shoes, light clothing, extra drinking water, snacks and picnic lunch for this Mount Longonot day trip hiking tour.

How to Prepare for the Hike

  • Engage in active cardio exercises such as aerobics, walking, running, cycling, and swimming among others the week prior to the event.
  • Set aside the day before the hike for resting--take a break from exercises.
  • Increase your hydration at least two days to the hike.
  • Purpose to get enough rest the night before the hike.
  • If on intermittent fasting or on a diet, take a break in the period one day before and after the hike. This way, you will build up your energy reserves for the arduous task ahead.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

What to Wear

  • Quick-drying tshirt
  • Quick-drying pants
  • Fleece jacket
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Well-treaded hiking shoes

What to Carry

  • 3L water and suitable snacks
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Trekking pole
  • Identification documents


Price and booking enquiries.

Note: the cost of this trek will vary depending on the number of the persons traveling as well as the dates of travel.
Please indicate preferred date of travel, number of adults and number and ages of children if any.

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Quotation price Includes:

  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


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