Mount Longonot National Park
Mount Longonot national park protects the majestic Mount Longonot, a dormant volcano that rises from the Rift Valley floor to an altitude of 2,776 m (9,108 ft). Mount Longonot is derived from the Maasai word 'Oloonong'ot' meaning "mountains of many spurs" a reference to the dozens of deep ravines & steep ridges around.
The park itself covers about 52 sq km and is one of the best places to hike in Kenya. Longonot last erupted in the 1860s and its highest peak is about 2,776m high. The crater rim also provides great scenic views across the beautiful Rift Valley all the way to Lake Naivasha.
Mt Longonot is located about 75km northwest of Nairobi and about 12 km south of Naivasha town, on the Old Naivasha Rd. If you’re not driving, take a matatu from Naivasha town to Longonot village. From there it is about 6 km to the base of the mountain. Ask the locals where the path to the park’s access road is. There is a marked gate, where there is a secure parking area and Kenya Wildlife Services office
Hiking Mount Longonot
The ascent from the park entrance gate to the crater rim takes about 90 minutes. En route, there is a good chance of running into gazelles, zebras, giraffes, and other wildlife. There is no shade along the way, so leave early to avoid exposure to the midday sun. Once at the top, it is possible to walk around the crater rim in three to four hours.
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