Mount Longonot is 70 kilometres north-west of Nairobi. It is a stratovolcano thought to have last erupted in the 1860s. It rises from 2,150m to a height of 2,780m, Mount Longonot has a forest of small trees that covers the crater floor, and small steam vents are found spaced around the walls of the crater. A trail runs from the park entrance up to the crater rim subsequently looping encircling the crater. The whole tour is only about 9 km long but very steep so that the round trip to the park gate – Longonot Peak – park gate takes around 4 hrs hiking. The mountain is home to various species of wildlife, notably zebra, giraffe, buffaloes and elands.
Below is a standard a day trip itinerary for Longonot. Keep in mind this climb can be an addition to a longer safari tour depending on your preference.
Pick up from your residence at 7:00 am. Departure at 7:30 towards Kikuyu agricultural highlands. A short break to view the spectacular the Great Rift Valley before descending the escarpment. After approximately an hour and a half, we check in at the gate for registration and park fees payments. After all, is set, we get ready for the hike. We start a 3km gentle hike to the base as the slopes get steeper climbing to the rim to have a view of the crater. Along the crested rim, we reach Ngamia summit point, 2,780m asl. We do a complete circuit of 7.5km having occasional rest and water/ snacks breaks. The approximate distance covered from the gate and back is about 14km. We drive back drive to Nairobi and drop back to your residence.