|Best months for climbing:||Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|First successful climber(s):||probably local hunters|
|Nearest major airport:||Nairobi|
Thanks to Peter Knost for adding this peak.
Mount Longonot is the centre of the small "Mount Longonot National Park". It is a dormant volcano rising 750m above the floor of the Rift Valley.
The most popular excursions at the Park are walks up to and around the crater rim. You should count nearly a full day for this, and it is important to be in good physical condition to attempt this walk. For safety reasons (buffalos!) perhaps it's better to go with a ranger from Wildlife Service (obvious that he wants a tip for his service).
The caldera is circular, over a kilometre in diameter, with steep-sides walls, and you can see some steam jets.
Longonot is famous for some special species of birds and other animals.
The name Longonot originates from the Masaai word Oloonong'ot, meaning "mountain of steep ridges". In fact, the entire perimeter of the extinct crater is characterized by deep ridges.
First walking or by car 4 kms from the small Longonot village to the Park gate, from there you take the path up to Longonot. To reach the lip pf the crater rim, count 1 hr and a half from Park entrance. The path aorund the crater is easy to follow, but in some parts slippery and steep. You should count on a full day for this, and it is important to be in good physical condition to attempt this walk. Sometimes dangerous are the buffalos you can meet in the mre down part of the way. There is no lodging within the national park.
The best is to find lodging in nearby Naivasha, approximately 20 kms north. The only camping facility at the park is the campground, located at the Park's entrance, with water and toilet facilities.
Thanks to Peter Knost for this description.