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Private Hiking Day Trip to Mt. Longonot from Nairobi

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Nairobi, Kenya
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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 7 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

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.
  • Stop to admire the view over the Great African Rift Valley
  • Look out for Mt. Suswa and hot springs during a photo stop
  • Savor a lakeside lunch, then cruise around Lake Naivasha
  • Enjoy personalized attention from your own private guide
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Private tour
Local English-speaking guide
Pickup and drop off to your hotel or residence within Nairobi CBD
Park entrance fees
Lunch (available to purchase)
Boat ride fees in Lake Naivasha (25USD per person)
Pickup and drop off to the airport at 20 USD.

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Any hotel around Nairobi
Apartments
Villas
Note: airport pick up to your hotel you will be charge an extra USD 20 (pay on arrival)

Departure Time

6:00 AM

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Rise early for 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 five 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Lake Naivasha
Boat Ride in Lake Naivasha Go on an hour  boat ride in this wonderful rift valley lake. The boat ride will take you to see the hundreds of birds in this lake including the diving African fish eagle which dives in the water to catch fish without ever missing. You will also go to the hippo pool and see the hippos as they swim and bleat inside the water while opening their mouths to over 180 degrees.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Mount Longonot National Park
Drop into the rift valley and arrive at the Mt Longonot national park for your Hike up to the crater. The hike requires medium physical fitness and you will climb through the gulleys that dot the sides of this mountain.  You can make some rest stops at the designated places on the trek. You will get to the rim of the crater and look into the awesome crater below. If you have the strength for it, you can go round the rim of the crater.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Great Rift Valley
Great Rift Valley View Point You will make a scheduled stop at the view point on the side of the escarpment to enjoy the view of the Rift valley floor from a birds eye view. The rift valley system was formed 5 million years ago and the rift runs from the red sea through Ethiopia and Kenya and Tanzania. The rift valley is an active volcanic area and has some of the most interesting features including more than 8 lakes, dormant and active volcanic mountains and hotsprings and geysers  You can actually see the volcanic Mt Suswa from this high place with their evergreen craters and the undulating green rift valley floor. The view from here is just amazing. Make sure to take as many photos from here as you can.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY PERFECT WILDERNESS TOURS AND SAFARIS

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Hiking Day Trip to Mt. Longonot from Nairobi?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Private Hiking Day Trip to Mt. Longonot from Nairobi.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Hiking Day Trip to Mt. Longonot from Nairobi?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Hiking Day Trip to Mt. Longonot from Nairobi.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Hiking Day Trip to Mt. Longonot from Nairobi?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Hiking Day Trip to Mt. Longonot from Nairobi.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Hiking Day Trip to Mt. Longonot from Nairobi?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Hiking Day Trip to Mt. Longonot from Nairobi.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Hiking Day Trip to Mt. Longonot from Nairobi?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Private Hiking Day Trip to Mt. Longonot from Nairobi.

Traveler Tips


  • "Several small shops are nearby the dedicated lookout point, and these places are perfect for buying small arts items." See review

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comfortable ride
Tomasz
, Feb 2020
I was Ppicked up on time from hotel and taken to entrance of Nairobi NP to purchase my ticket. We spent approx. 3 hours driving in the park. The driver accommodated my wish to see specific animals I was particularly interested in.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hello Thank you for taking time to write us a review. We are delighted to read that you had an amazing time at Nairobi National Park and your driver guide contributed to this. Our driver guides work hard to ensure our clients get the very best of service. This tour leads you to the only park in a capital city and lends you the chance to spot variety of wild animals. We would like to have you again in future as we explore other destinations.
star-5
Longonot hike
nihalshah1987
, Feb 2020
Vincent picked me up at 6am in a clean car. It was just me on this trip. He had with him Saffa a trainee. We stopped at the view point for the rift valley (but to be honest better views come as you head to longonot and from longomot itself). We climbed up lognonot, around the rim and down again. Vincent was a very goood guide. I'm on my 30s and fairly fit and used to hiking but I would class this as moderate to challenging given the altitude and conditions under foot. The ground is very loose so very easy to slip. Especially on the way down. I was wearing poor trainers so I would advice better footwear. Due to recent rains big parts of the walking route have been carved out. Be prepared to climb a bit especially on the rim section and on decent you may choose to sit and slide down bits which are steep. I would advice trousers (i had shorts but now have some bites and scratches over my legs) The hike was rewarded with spectacular views. Very pretty. Vincent was a very good guide up and down the mountain. We then went to lake navaisha for lunch. I wasn't interested in the boat ride so we had a look at the lake and got back. Overall very good value for money. Excellent team. (I had spoken to George pre booking and he was very helpful on the day too). 5 stars
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hello Vinvent, Thank you for taking time to write us this detailed review. We are delighted to read that you had an amazing tour with us and Vincent was a great driver guide. Mount Longonot rewards one impressive views of the rift valley and is definitely one of the exceptional places ideal for visitors looking for off-the-grid getaways. We apologize for the bites and scratches. Comfortable hiking shoes is one of the key things to consider when going for this hike to have resistance to slippage,we are happy to read that you eventually reached the top and had an amazing time. We would like to have you again in future as we explore more destinations.
star-5
Excellent hike!
LM4U2
, Jan 2020
I was picked up at my hotel by Peter at 6:00am, which is a good time because of the traffic, trucks, and road conditions going into the Rift Valley. Also the hike can be hot so you don’t want too start late. I wanted a good workout and Peter set a great pace that I really appreciated. He was also patient and informative. We stopped at several rest huts with benches. Its about 2 miles up from the gate to the rim and 1300 feet elevation gain. Going around the rim has a lot of ups and downs in order to reach the peak and is 4 miles around. Many times you need your hands to help climb. 2 miles back down for a total of 8.1 miles and 2648 feet elevation gain over the course of the hike. We saw giraffes, eland, and zebra. The views were tremendous. Peter was a careful and good driver and a good guide. We went to a swahili resort for lunch which was delicious. I chose not to do the boat ride, and arrived back at my Nairobi hotel at 3:45 pm. Just note that if you do decide to purchase lunch, you will be expected to buy lunch for your guide as well. Highly recommended, especially if you are tired of sitting in a safari vehicle and need to get out and move your legs.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hello Woooow thank you very much for this 5 bubble star rating . The fact that you enjoyed our services really makes us happy .Peter is one of our best guides/driver he is usually very punctual ,of assistance and most importantly very informative we really appreciate you recommending him.We really are happy you also enjoyed lunch . We do hope yet another tour sends you back to us and we meet again . Thank you
star-5
Superb way to spend a day
ajsuomi
, May 2019
Leaving 6am from Nairobi let us start the climb 8am which was perfect since we were out of the volcano before the sun got too hot, and we had good time for lunch and boat tour on Lake Naivasha and made it back to Nairobi around 5pm. The hike was not the easiest but with average physical fitness and paying attention to pace really ok. It took us a bit more than one hour to reach the rim, two hours to go around the crater and one hour to go back down. The views are great and the geography/nature offers a lot of interesting things to observe. Boat tour on the lake was also ok but not so special. However after the volcano it was very nice to sit in a boat in a cool breeze an see several birds and other animals. Hike + boat tour is a good combination. Peter, the guide, was very helpful, organized everything smoothly, and also as I was the only guest, offered good company during the day.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hello, Thank you for taking time to write us a wonderful review. We are happy to read that you had an amazing tour with us and that Peter, our driver guide contributed to this. He is one dedicated driver and works hard to ensure our clients have a good experience while in Kenya. This tour is one of the best getaway for those who want to get away from the busy city. To cap it all, is a boat ride at Lake Naivasha which lends one the opportunity to enjoy panoromic views of the freshwater lake and birdwatching. We welcome you to travel with us again in future as we explore other destinations!
star-5
From top to bottom, my husband and I...
Tah
, 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!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hello, Thank you for taking time to writ us this detailed review. We are happy to read that you had an amazing time with Alex. He is one of the best drivers in the industry. Our staff work hard to not only provide you with the means to have a wonderful holiday but also turn these experiences to lifetime memories. Mt. Longonot is such a picturesque landscape and offers one impressive views of the Great Rift Valley and one enjoys the scenic trails as wildlife roam your path freely. We invite you to travel with us again in future!

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