Longonot is a beautiful young volcano rising above the Kenya's Rift Valley. The crater floor measures about two miles from east to west. The northern crater rim reaches an elevation of 8,583 ft. or 2886 metres.
The name Longonot originates from the Masaai word Oloonong'ot, meaning 'mountain of steep ridges'. In fact, the entire perimeter of the extinct crater is characterized by deep ridges. Standing over the shores of Lake Naivasha, this massive dormant volcano dominates the landscape for miles around. The brooding hulk of the Mountain is lined with spectacular fissures and lava canyons.
As you climb these slopes, you pass through herds of grazing game as spectacular views of the Rift Valley and Naivasha unfold below. Its vast crater is an awesome sight, the jagged edge surrounding a broad expanse of vegetation. Geothermal steam trickles upwards from the walls, while buffalo and other game make their way across the crater floor.
Mount Longonot is an ideal day trip from either Nairobi or Naivasha. The most popular excursions here are walks up to and around the crater rim. It is important to be in good physical condition to attempt this walk.
Main road access to Mt Longonot is from the lower escarpment road between Nairobi and Naivasha. There is a marked gate and a secure parking area at the park gate. There is an airstrip in Naivasha, servicing charter flights.