Rising from the floor of the Great Rift Valley like a monolith is the extinct volcano of Mount Longonot. A unique feature is the thick forest that lies within the crater of the mountain. The crater rim also provides great scenic views across the beautiful Rift Valley all the way to Lake Naivasha. Major wildlife attractions at Mount Longonot include buffaloes, elands, lion, leopard, bushbucks, common zebra, giraffe and Grant’s gazelles. African leopards have also been reported but are extremely difficult to spot. A 3.1 km trail runs from the park entrance (2150m) up to the crater rim (peak 2780m), and continues in a 7.2 km loop encircling the crater. The entire walk takes about 4–5 hours allowing for necessary rest breaks – parts of the trail are heavily eroded and very steep.