Safari Activities at Longonot National Park : Mount Longonot National Park has the privilege of engaging host to the highest volcanic mountain in the Great Rift Valley in Kenya that should be explored on a Kenya safari. Being one of the world’s youngest volcanoes, it is a highly sought-after site in the Rift Valley. In addition to its amazing natural beauty, Mount Longonot National Park is also regarded for its fantastic hiking trails, particularly the 7.1 KM rim walk. There is a chance to observe some wildlife, especially buffalo, as you descend into the crater’s forest areas. These are the three activities you ought to schedule throughout your visit.
- A walk Mount Longonot.
The majority of Mount Longonot’s 12,850 acres make to Mount Longonot National Park. After conquering Hell’s Gate National Park’s Fischer’s Tower, the peak is an excellent location to polish your mountain climbing safari abilities. Its breathtaking mountains and valleys with V shapes provide a great sense of adrenaline. The Maasai phrase Oloonong’ot, which meaning “mountain of many spurs or steep ridges,” is whence the name Longonot originates. In addition, there are chances for motorcycling, rock climbing, and seeing birds and other wildlife, particularly on the west side of the crater’s slopes.
- Explore the Crater Rim.
The 7.1 km crater rim of Mount Longonot is a true endurance test that you can set for yourself.
You can put yourself through a true endurance test by walking the 7.1 km crater rim. The hardest part is the northern crater rim, which is 2,780 metres (9,121 feet) high. It is Mount Longonot’s summit. From the parking lot, the struggle up to the rim takes around 45 minutes. You will need to allocate an extra two to three hours to complete the rim circuit.
- Dare the Forest Within.
The almost impenetrable forest can be found at Mount Longonot National Park if you descend into the crater’s heart.
Entering the crater’s interior will reveal the almost impenetrable trees. There are rumors that you might come across buffalo here, so proceed with caution.
The Nairobi-Nakuru tarmac road provides access to Mount Longonot National Park. You can choose to proceed to the Longonot railway level crossing by taking the old A104 road if you are heading north from Nairobi. After the crossroads, bear right and travel 4 KM on the track to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) offices and Park Gate. An alternative route would be to travel the modern A104 to Naivasha, then veer off and go 20 KM south on the former A104 to reach the settlement. You may reach the main park gate by turning west on a road at the Railway level crossing.
Naturally, you leave your car at the base of the mountain, which is roughly a kilometer from the gate, and continue your journey to the rim on foot. Because certain areas are extremely steep, especially on the way down, make sure you wear appropriate walking boots. Make sure you have enough water with you as well. It can occasionally get very hot. I advise taking at least two L. Even in hot weather, there may be a breeze in certain areas at the top, so you’ll also need a light jacket. When it rains, a jacket will also come in helpful.