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Mount Longonot

Mount Longonot is a dormant volcanic mountain located southeast of Naivasha town, an hour’s drive from Nairobi. The park has a few wildlife, birds and wonderful views of the Great Rift Valley, the crater and distance view of Lake Naivasha. A tour of the mountain can be achieved within a day; it’s an ideal destination for day hiking trips, group picnics, nature walks and team buildings.

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A distance view Mount Longonot.

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Nature walk at Mount Longonot.

About Mount Longonot and Mountain Climbing, hiking Holidays

About Mount Longonot

Mount longonot is a massive dormant volcanic mountain situated along the Great Rift Valley, southeast of Lake Naivasha and 90km from Nairobi. Longonot last erupted in the 1860s and has remained dormant since then; it has a height of 2,766m above sea level and has stunning view of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha and the beautiful crater.

The name Longonot was derived from a Masai word “oloonong'ot”; meaning mountains of many spurs or steep ridges that are seen on the mountain. Mount Longonot is protected by Yitaek and is part of Mount Longonot National Park. Major attractions include watching the extinct volcano, the crater forest, the scenic landscapes and wildlife.

The crater forest attracts a number of wildlife that include over 150 bird species, buffaloes, elands, lion, leopard, bushbucks, common zebra, giraffe, grant gazelles, hartebeest, thomson gazelles, antelopes and many others.

Climbing the Mountain

Longonot has straight forward routes, it only require minimum fitness and no technical skills or equipment. Longonot requires about 2 - 3 hours to get to the top and a further 2 hours to walk around the craters rim; it’s a one day trip for an average fit person. The best time to climb Mt. longonot is early in the morning before the sun is hot.


  • Hiking
  • Rock climbing
  • Biking
  • Walking
  • Viewing Lake Naivasha

Best Time to climb

The best time, to climb Mount Longonot is on the dry season; the rainy season around Mount Longonot region are between late March to June and the short rains are in late October to December. You can climb the mountain at any time of year but the most comfortable time is in January and February, and between July to October.


There are no modern hotels and Lodges within Mount Longonot National Park, only a few campsites at Olongoonot. Alternative modern accommodation can be found along Lake Naivasha on Moi South Lake Road or in Naivasha town.

Getting there

Mount Longonot is along the old Naivasha road (Mai Mahio – Niavasha road), just 20 Km to Naivasha town and 90Km to Nairobi.

Hiking on Mount Longonot

Hiking on Mount Longonot

Hiking on Mount Longonot

This a full day hiking trip at Mount Longonot; the tour begins by driving to Mount Longonot where you will spend the day hiking the volcanic mountain, once you are up on the hill, you will have a picnic lunch and brief rest as you enjoy the stunning

Tour Cost From

$ 85

Booking Details

Hiking and Cycling Holiday

Hiking and Cycling Holiday

Hiking and Cycling Holiday

This a five days mountain climbing, biking, hiking and lake excursion holiday in Kenya; the sporting holiday starts in Nairobi, driving down to Lake Naivasha; cycling and hiking at Hells gate national park, mountain climbing at Mount Longonot and Mount Suswa, and Lake Naivasha excursion. This holiday itinerary

Tour Cost From

$ 770

Booking Details

Mount Longonot Hotels

Main activities around Mount Longonot, is wildlife and mountain viewing, nature walks and mountain climbing. There are a couple of nice huts and camping sites along Mount Longonot hiking routes and various Lodges and Hotels in nearby regions. Below are some of the Hotels around Mount Longonot.

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