Mount Longonot Hiking & Trekking Day Trip

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Mount Longonot Hiking & Trekking Day Trip

From $350

Mount Longonot is a starovolcano in the Rift Valley of Kenya about 85 Km from the capital city Nairobi and believed to have erupted last in the 1860s. Its name is derived from a Maasai word Oloonong’ot, meaning “mountains of many spurs” or “steep ridges with the highest point at 2776m or 9,108ft.  The entire area is protected by the Kenya Wildlife Services as part of Mount Longonot National Park.

Mount Longonot Hiking/ Trekking Day Trip Safari to the top of the Great Rift Valley will give you the chance to experience the freedom and awesome wildness of East Africa.

Mt Longonot is just less than 9100 feet above sea level with a tree filled interior and a lonesome steam vent to the northeast. A climb up Mount Longonot is an ideal day trip from either Nairobi or Naivasha. Best time to visit / travel is the months of January to April and from September to December.

Mount Longonot Day Trip hiking Safari departs daily from Nairobi after breakfast and the drive takes approximately an hour. You start the assent at 6000 feet. Like all good uphill hikes it will lull you in to a sense of false security with a slow gentle rise to the first peak.

This gives you a chance to get your lungs and limbs freed up for the second section, which is the most awesome. At the end of each section there is a rest point where you can prepare yourself for the next part of your journey.

You will have started early to avoid the heat of the Sun but by the time you reach the end of the second section you would have generated your own heat. This hike is not an easy hike but is achievable by people of average fitness. An indication of the fitness required is that most school of the age 14 and 15 take this climb while attending school in Nairobi.

Once you have finished the second section there is another rest bite of slightly less demanding terrain, before making the final climb on the fourth section. This again is a demanding section, though not as demanding as the second section.

As you heave yourself over the rim of the crater your reward is the awesome sight of Naivasha and the Great Rift Valley and you know that it was all worthwhile. Before making this climb you will need to acclimatize at 6000 feet. A ranger accompanies you on the hike.

He will act as a guide. As there are wild animals in the area he is armed. The whole tour is only about 8–9 km long but very steep, so that the round trip of park gate – Longonot Peak – park gate takes around 5 hours hiking. The gate is around 2150 meters and the peak at 2780 meters but following the jagged rim involves substantially more than the 630 meters vertical difference.


  • The scenery of the Great Rift Valley from the view point is a breathtaking view to start off the tour.
  • The 13km hike is enough exercise for your body in the different temperatures at the bottom of the mountain to the top.
  • The stunning view of the crater from the top and the wildlife in the park is the highlight of the tour.


  • We start the tour early morning after breakfast from your hotel/residence and drive to the Mount Longonot National Park gate stopping at the view point on our way down the escapement. The drive is approximately 2 hours.
  • We begin the hike from the gate of the park with several stops on the way up to take a breath and enjoy the view.
  • One we are at the top of the mountain we shall have lunch as you enjoy the view of the crater and the wildlife.
  • After lunch we start our tour back to the gate and a drive back to Nairobi and if the time will allow drive through Lake Naivasha.


  • As a general guide, comfortable casual wash and wear clothes are recommended. Muted colours are recommended for game-viewing. Khaki, green, beige and neutral colours (dark blue and black should be avoided, as it attracts Tsetse flies)
  • Shirts with long sleeves are advised (even in summer, as protection from the sun, mosquitoes and Tsetse flies)
  • Comfortable walking pair of shoes
  • A Camera and Binoculars
  • A hat, Sunscreen and sun glasses.
  • Lightweight water-proof jacket in case of the rains.


  • Transport from your hotel/residence within Nairobi and back.
  • An English speaking professional guide/ driver
  • Drinking water and snacks.
  • Lunch and a soft drink


  • Park Entrance fees
  • Alcoholic drinks.





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 Number ticket  × $350.0
Total = $350.0


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