The mountain of many ridges, as it is known among the local Maasai language is a must-go-to getaway in the serene location near Lake Naivasha. Scaling the heights of Mount Longonot is a fun-filled activity to do over the weekend with your friends or families. All that adrenaline rush I must say is healthy for all who dare hike its dusty path to the crater top
On this great day, we left Nairobi city early the morning (7:00 am) for Ol loong’ot to beat the traffic to Naivasha as throngs of people drive to Naivasha for their weekend gateway and to hike when it’s a little cool. If you are planning to hike Mt Longonot too it’s advisable to leave Nairobi early to be in Longonot in good time. En route, the view of the Rift valley at the viewpoints is simply spectacular. A stopover to take lots of pictures for memorabilia as well as souvenirs to remind of the indelibly embedded memories. Perhaps one day there may be skydiving to have a bird’s eye view of the Rift valley.
On reaching the mountain of sheer adventure, brace yourself for different workout routines. Your strength and resilience is paramount and put to the test as one attempts the different sections of the mountain. The first as usual is easy peasy, a gentle ascent. Take your time to enjoy the surrounding breathe in and out.
In phase two specks of dust is the order of the day however that is part of the thrill. Have that one goal of reaching the rim and imagine what it will be like ‘up there. There’s a breakpoint where you can take your snacks or food. The remaining two sections were quite gruesome but manageable. Hiking with friends is important motivating each other to go on.
Finally, behold we reached the crater rim. I must say I have never seen anything more spectacular in my life, just breath-taking. Down below the crater was a thick green forested bottom. This is very unusual considering all the dust and shrubs one interacts with as they ascend the mountain. Perhaps one day a cable car to the crater may let us explore what lies beneath.
Going round the crater is what crowns it all. Walking along the narrow path of the crater gives a complete thrill and one gets to know the real meaning of adrenaline rush. Enjoy the scenic view of Lake Naivasha at a distance and the never-ending Rift Valley. Descent is easy if on hiking you went counterclockwise.
Summary about Mount Longonot
How long does it take to climb Mount Longonot?
It takes around 5 hours to climb Mount Longonot. The whole walk is only about 8–9 km long but is very steep. The round trip from the park entrance gate to the Longonot peak and back takes around 5 hours of hiking.
Do you need a guide for Mount Longonot?
It is very easy to do it on your own, you cannot get lost. You have to hike to the crater and then walk all around!. However, if you are doing it for the first time, it’s important to ask for a guide, there are community guides at the reception area for Khs 1500 per day, you can also get a Kenya wildlife service guide armed ranger for Kshs 3000 per day.
How high is Mount Longonot in feet?
Mount longonot elevation is 2,776 m above sea level
How do you get to Mt Longonot?
If using public means from Nairobi, take Naivasha matatus (Taxis) from Nyamakima area off River Road. Once in Naivasha town, take matatus headed to Mai Mahiu and alight at Longonot Station. The Longonot National Park Gate is about 4km to the right
Mount Longonot is a stratovolcano located southeast of Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, Africa. It is thought to have last erupted in the 1860s.