Why Mount Longonot National park
Mount Longonot National park is also known as the “Mountain of many spurs.” Its name ‘Longonot’ is derived from the Masaai word Oloonongot. It is a fascinating place to visit due to its geographical location at the Great Rift Valley. Mount Longonot is a stratovolcano Mountain which is thought to have last erupted in the 1860s. Mount Longonot Park is an area that is preserved and protected by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). The Park is a sanctuary and habitat to many wild animals and birds. Even more impressive is the fact that visitors of the Park can hike the mountain, and get an excellent view of the volcanic peak and neighboring Lake Naivasha.
How to get to Mount Longonot National park
By road: Tourists driving from Nairobi will experience the breathtaking views of Mount Longonot once they reach the upper escapement of the Rift Valley. It is about 90km from the capital, with several viewpoints along the Nairobi-Naivasha highway. Once at the lower escarpment road towards Longonot; which is mostly used by trucks towards Naivasha, there is another tourist stopover, from where you will see an old Catholic church believed to be built by Italians during the WW2.
By air: there is no airstrip at Mount Longonot National park.
What to Expect
Wildlife: The National Reserve is home to vast wildlife and various species including the Thomson’s gazelle, buffalos, zebras, giraffe, antelope, and hartebeest.
Flora and fauna: the mountain is surrounded by a forest of small trees around the crater.
Hiking: this is the most common outdoor activity that makes Mount Longonot a hiking destination. It takes approximately 2 hours to reach the Mountain peak. Energetic visitors who would love to go around the crater would also take the same time to accomplish their mission. The journey towards the peak is sloppy and steep, and it advisable that visitors be healthy and fit to tackle the challenge of hiking. Once at the summit, one will enjoy the magnificent views which are rewarding, especially when the sunset since one can see the sun reflection from Lake Naivasha. Visitors should be well equipped with cold water, hiking boots, and snacks since it is a day hiking event.
African safari: Kenyan National parks are globally known for their adventurous safari tours. Mount Longonot is among those parks holding bold safari tour reputation. Safaris across the Longonot area are worth speculating for.
Mount Longonot has no hotels and lodges inside the Park. However, the park rangers can help you locate Oloonongot camping site and get to enjoy a bush fire at night outside your camps. Most luxurious hotels are found about 2km in Naivasha town.
Why Is Mount Longonot Famous?
- The mountain became a renowned site due to its extinct volcanoes
- The National Park is home to many wildlife and birds
- Hiking, walking, and rock climbing are the most popular activities as you view the impressive sight of Naivasha town .
- The gorgeous landscape is a photography site for visitors who love to see the shoreline of Lake Naivasha .
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