Rift Valley Province, Kenya
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clock-o11 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English


Hike your way up Mt. Longonot on a private day trip from Nairobi, and admire the national park’s volcanic terrain of bubbling geysers and soaring rift valley cliffs. After your climb to the crater’s rim, you’ll relax with a lakeside lunch, then hop on a boat for a cruise around Lake Naivasha, looking for hippos and eagles as you go. The full climb and descent takes up to four hours, and a good general standard of fitness is needed.
  • Day trip to Mt. Longonot National Park from Nairobi
  • Stop to admire the view over the Great African Rift Valley
  • Look out for Mt. Suswa and hot springs during a photo stop
  • Hike up the mountain and peer into the crater’s rim
  • Savor a lakeside lunch, then cruise around Lake Naivasha
  • Enjoy personalized attention from your own private guide
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.


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, Oct 2017

From top to bottom, my husband and I had a wonderful experience on this hiking tour. We were promptly picked up from our hotel early in the morning, and our driver, Alex, made sure to brief us on the days' activities once we settled in his car. The drive to Mount Longonot took about 45 minutes, and included a secure stop along the highway to view the Great Rift Valley. Several small shops are nearby the dedicated lookout point, and these places are perfect for buying small arts items. Once in Mt. Longonot park, we commenced our hike. Alex stopped along the way, especially during the early parts of the hike, pointing out various plants and rocks of distinction. Alex kept a nice pace during the hike, but stated several times that if we needed to stop or slow down, to feel more than free to let him know. Once we reached the crater point 2560 meters above sea level, we looked along the rim of the crater and had to circumvent it. Alex was up for this extra excursion as well, and we had a blast going the extra mile actually, the extra 4.5 miles around the rim. After hiking 9,000 feet above sea level, circling the 4.5 mile-long rim, and descending, I can truly say we had such a wonderful experience! Unfortunately, this review has to be truncated although the tour also includes stops for lunch and a boat cruise along Lake Naivasha, my husband felt a bit sick after the hike, so we skipped these parts.

The Longonot hike was such a wonderful experience--one I'll remember for a lifetime. Alex, and the crew at Perfect Wilderness Tours and Safaris, not only did a wonderful job putting this tour together, but also executing it. Thank you!

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