If you are nature lovers and you are looking for that most splendid safari destination to spend your weekend getaway in Kenya, then Longonot National Park should be a must to include in your travel plan. Longonot National Park is located in Lake Naivasha, approximately 100 kilometers away from Nairobi capital city about 2 (two) hours’ drive and this also makes it one of the most accessible destinations. For visitors who are looking for stopover areas while on safari to Maasai Mara National Reserve, Longonot National Park should be a must to include in your bucket list. This park was named after Olo Nong’ot a Maasai word that means the mountains with countless spurs.
It covers an area of about 52 square kilometers and mainly refuges Mount Longonot that stretches up to 2776 meters and has rugged Crater at its edge thus providing the most remarkable views of the park and the surrounding areas. There are numerous trails some of which include a 3.1 kilometer trail that extends from national park entry point to the Crater edge and then continues to 7.2 kilometers’ long trail. The entire loop covers 13.5 kilometers to and from the park’s gate takes visitors four to five hours including stopovers. There is a gate standing at altitude 2150 meters and the peak at 2780 meters. This inactive volcano stands at 1000 meters above the hot valley floor and it featured 400,000 years back. It experienced its last eruption around 1860s. While on hiking safari at this park, you will have the most stunning views of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha, Hell’s Gate National Park and others. And for interested hikers, never miss to pack your hiking boots-light weight and offer support to your ankles while hiking, sunscreen, binoculars, a camera, a hat, energy giving snacks, sunglasses, bottle of drinking water and others.
This park is also famous for its remarkable savanna ecosystem that comprises of giraffes, zebras, lions, leopards, buffaloes, baboons, hartebeests, grant’s and Thomson gazelles, elands, impalas and other amazing antelope families. Over 427 bird species also thrive within this park and this makes it one of the best and important bird areas in Kenya.
Getting to Mount Longonot National Park
Longonot National Park can be reached by road on a tarmac route from Nairobi through Naivasha town and then you connect to the park via the old Naivasha-Nairobi route using a motorbike taxi or land cruiser up to the gate. The park entry fees range from KSH 350 for adult citizen, KSH 250 for children, KSH 600 for East African resident adult, KSH 300 for East African resident children, $26 for non resident adult and lastly 417 for non resident children.
What to do in Mount Longonot National Park
The notable activities for visitors to participate while on safari in Mount Longonot National Park include hiking adventures, game viewing, rock climbing and many more.
Where to stay in Mount Longonot National Park
Longonot National Park doesn’t have accommodation except Olongonot campsite that lies inside the park. The other accommodation for visitors is found within Lake Naivasha and they include Lake Naivasha Sopa Lodge, Enashipai Lodge and others.
In conclusion, for visitors who are interested in unusual hiking adventures, wildlife encounters, scenic views Mount Longonot National Park is undeniably one of the most outstanding destinations that shouldn’t miss out in your bucket list.