Mount Longonot is derived from the Maasai word ‘Oloonong’ot’ meaning mountains of many spurs or steep ridges. The mountain is a perfect hike thus the widely as the “Hikers paradise”
Located along the smooth Maai Mahiu- Naivasha Highway, approximately 90km from Nairobi, this national park is at Longonot town, about 2 km from the highway. The park was created a few years ago as a way to lure more tourists to this gem. The mountain shape consists of soft volcanic rock that has eroded into deep clefts, V-shaped valleys, and ridges. There is little to no vegetation on the soil. The crater is however very lush and green, with fairly impenetrable trees. 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. It is actually safe to walk from the town but using a vehicle is way more convenient. Some of the wildlife you are likely to encounter at the park include buffaloes, elands, lion, leopard, bushbucks, common zebra, giraffe and Grant’s gazelles.
The Park has a camping site, guides, and recreational facilities as well where groups, couples, children, students or any other kind of tourists can have lunch. Tour guides are also available for those that need a walkthrough to hike to the top of the mountain. You will get a chance to watch the base of the hollow crater from the peak- with effects of volcanic eruptions.