Project Description

“When you leave Africa, as the plane lifts, you feel that more than leaving a continent you’re leaving a state of mind.  Whatever awaits you at the other end of your journey will be of a different order of existence.”

~ Francesca Marciano

Mt Longonot, Kenya

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.

Where to stay at Mt Longonot?

We are able to arrange any accomodation that best suits your needs and budgets.

How long should you stay in Mt Longonot?

We recommend a day visit to Mt Longonot travelling from Nairobi or Nakuru.

How to get to Mt Longonot?

By Road: Mt Longonot is accessible via tarmac road from Nairobi (90 kms)

Other locations close by..


The sight of hundreds of elephants set against the backdrop of Africa’s best views of Mt Kilimanjaro make Amboseli one of Kenya’s most popular parks.  It is one of the best places in Africa to view free-ranging elephants up close.


Lake Naivasha

At 1884m above sea level, Lake Naivasha is the highest of the Rift Valley lakes. This beautiful freshwater lake, fringed by grassy banks and thick papyrus, extends like a vast sunlit sea.

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Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on Earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. But how do you begin to describe its magic to someone who has never felt it? How can you explain the fascination of this vast, dusty continent, whose oldest roads are elephant paths?

Brian Jackman