Safari Overview

Mt Longonot is a dormant stratovolcano mountain located some 68km from Nairobi. The mount Longonot height is 2780m above sea level and it has a wide crater at the top with small green trees and volcanic spaced steam vents along the crater wall. The mountain is located inside of a park bearing the same name. Mount Longonot Day Trip Hiking is very popular due to its short distance from Nairobi city and the lower park entrance fees.

Mount Longonot day trip hiking tours departs daily from Nairobi after breakfast and the drive takes approximately an hour. You start the ascent at 6000 ft. Like all good uphill hikes, it will lull you into 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 schools of the age of 14 and 15 take this climb while attending school in Nairobi.

Detailed Itinerary

6:00 am:- Nairobi- Great African Rift Valley
Pick up and depart from Nairobi for Mount Longonot National Park going through the Kikuyu lush green highlands and then on the eastern escarpment of the Great Rift valley system.

6:30 am: – Great Rift Valley View Point
You will make a scheduled stop at the viewpoint on the side of the escarpment to enjoy the view of the Great Rift valley floor from a bird’s eye view. The Great Rift Valley Was formed some 5 million years ago and the rift runs from the red sea through Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. The Rift Valley is an active volcanic area and has some of the most interesting features including more than 8 lakes, dormant and active volcanic mountains and hot springs and geysers like the Olkaria geothermal wells and Lake Bogoria geysers. You can actually see the volcanic Mt Suswa and Mt Longonot from this high place with their evergreen craters and the undulating green rift valley floor. The view from here is just amazing.

7:00 am: – Mt Longonot National Park
Drive down into the rift valley and arrive at the Mount Longonot National Park for your hike up to the crater. The hike requires medium physical fitness and you will climb through the gulley that dots the sides of this mountain. You can make some rest stops at the designated places on the trek. You will get to the rim of the crater and look into the awesome crater below. If you have the strength for it, you can go round the rim of the crater.

12:00 pm: – Mt. Longonot – Lake Naivasha
Descend from the Mount Longonot for the base at the park headquarters. Relax for some while and take on the drive to Lake Naivasha.

1:00 pm: – Lunch at Marina Camp
Arrive at Marina camp and enjoy a sumptuous lunch at their restaurant by the lakeside while watching the lakes beauty and the birds flying by.

2:30 pm: – Boat Ride in Lake Naivasha
Go on an hour boat ride in this wonderful rift valley lake. The boat ride will take you to see the hundreds of birds in this lake including the diving African fish eagle which dives in the water to catch fish without ever missing. You will also go to the hippo pool and see the hippos as they swim and bleat inside the water while opening their mouths to over 180 degrees.

4:00 pm: Lake Naivasha – Nairobi
Depart Lake Naivasha for Nairobi and drive through the lush Kikuyu highlands and arriving back to Nairobi at around 5:30 pm. You will be dropped off at your Nairobi hotel.

Mount Longonot Day Trip Hiking Tour Requirements:

Good pair of walking boots (broken-in)
Walking stick. An adjustable spring-loaded stick is best
Camera, sun cream, plus your sweater that will be removed during the climb
Pair of woollen socks as recommended by the boots manufacturer/salesman
All of this hike is over rough ground and has all the hazards of hiking up steep inclines
Do not underestimate dehydration. Drink water at the end of each section, and as required.
Rucksack. Large enough to carry 2 x ½ litter of water plus few sandwiches to eat at the top
The ranger’s advice on all matters including your rate of progress should always be listened to
Animals – There are numerous animals in the area; the most commonly seen is the giraffe or dik-dik.
The crater can be circumnavigated; this takes another 4 hours via a narrow path. In some places, this path has steep slopes on both sides and is not without danger.

Cost Includes & Excludes

Included in the Safari Cost

Arrival & Departure airport transfers complementary to all our clients.
Transportation as per itinerary.
Accommodation per itinerary or similar with a request to all our clients.
Meals as per itinerary Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Services literate English driver/guide.
National park & game reserve entrance fees as per itinerary.
Excursions & activities as per itinerary with a request
Recommended Mineral Water while on safari.

Excluded in the Safari Cost

Visas and related costs.
Personal Taxes.
Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls and other items of a personal nature.
International flights.
Optional excursions and activities not listed in the itinerary like Balloon safari, Masai Village.

Cost Includes & Excludes

The cost of this safari will vary depending on date of travel, type of accommodation, transport mode and number of people on the safari.

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