Rise early for a 6am pickup from your Nairobi hotel, and travel out of the city toward the Great African Rift Valley. Before long, the urban city streets are replaced with the green of the Kikuyu highlands, and the eastern cliffs of the valley come into view.
Stop at a vantage point to gaze out over the rift valley floor, and learn about its geology from your guide. Formed some 5 million years ago, the rift cuts through Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia on its way from the Red Sea. The area is ripe with volcanic activity, and you’ll see bubbling geysers, hot springs, lakes, and even Mt. Suswa as you cast your eyes over the plains.
Continue to the heart of Mt. Longonot National Park for your crater hike. Follow your guide through the valley and climb through the ravines that carve around the mountain. The route is steep and requires a good standard of fitness, but the views from the crater rim make it all worthwhile. Peer into the crater’s lip, and, if your legs aren’t too tired, take a walk around the rim itself.
Make your way back down the mountain, then travel by coach to Lake Naivasha for a waterside lunch at the marina camp. You’ll then enjoy a final sightseeing experience on the lake itself. Hop on a boat for an hour-long cruise around the rift valley lake. Look out for birds such as the African fish eagle that swoops into the water to catch fish, and look out for hippos wallowing in the shallows.
Your day trip then ends with a drop-off back at your Nairobi hotel around 5:30pm.