Mount Longonot is a 8.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Kijabe, Rift Valley, Kenya that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length8.4 miElevation gain3,418 ftRoute typeLoop
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mark distin
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Awesome! Giraffes and zebras and gazelles at the start and incredible views and crater and rolling hills at the end. Awesome.

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Doing It
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

I am kind of in shape, but not at all used to the altitude as I came from Ohio in the United States, and this hike was very difficult for me. It would have been easier if taking more time and water breaks, but pushing we got it done in 4.5 hours. This is a very dusty and rocky trail, so prepare for your cloths and shoes to be completely covered in dust by the end.

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Mariana Barros
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HikingGreat!

It’s a hard hike but so worth it.

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Brenda cherono
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it was tough

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STARBOARD SAFARIS
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Amie-Lee Harris
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The views were amazing. Quite a hard hike but definitely worth pushing yourself. We took a guide with us which helped. He also took us down a different way which was nice. Make sure that you walk around the rim as it’s totally worth it.

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Gretchen Haufler
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Such a wonderful, beautiful trail in Kenya! My husband and I with our daughters of seven and nine hiked this on Wednesday, March 16, starting at 10:45 AM lasting until 3:15 PM. We did not take a lunch break. So the hike took around 4.5 hours with minimal water breaks. It’s about a one hour hike to the top, and the room took a little bit longer than expected due to dusty slippery steep sections. However, completely doable! There are two huts, one on the way to the top, and one at the junction of the top and the rim. Since it is dusty, I would suggest pants. However, we wore shorts. We usually are more conservative in bringing water, but I would bring a lot of water on this hike as it is dry and hot. Only animals we saw were zebras on the way going up. In other reviews and research I have seen, other animals are listed. The fees are $26 for adults and $17 for kids with a car fine that is minimal. You will find bathrooms and a snack store with drinks and limited food choices. We only saw two other couples on the hike, but that was a pretty awesome thing – we felt completely safe. Now for the hike. The hike up was just what you needed to get the heart going. When you reach the rim the view is absolutely exceptional. And you keep having this view as you circle the crater, as the views facing out from the crater keep changing – amazing. My favorite was being on the very top section of the rim looking down at all. The scrambles were fun and a bit tricky at times. It made for an adventure! Do this hike! FYI, since all trails does not have a Menengai hike, I will describe it here. Since if you’re doing this one, you’re going to want to do Menengai. We did this hike on Wednesday, March 18 beginning at 8:45 AM and ending at 11:45 PM. The hike took three hours with basically no stops besides water. To get there, Google maps will take you the shortest way. However, you may want to look at the map and look for more main roads. We did have a Land Cruiser, but you can get there I believe without four-wheel-drive. It’s tricky though. You begin the hike at the lookout on top of the rim. Adults were 700 shillings and kids were 250 shillings. People will approach you to be a guide, however that is not necessary. We did pay someone to just talk us through the hike though for five dollars. There are shops at the top for drinks and snacks and souvenirs. There is no shade on this hike so water is a major consideration! From the top, you can see all points of this hike, which is nice. From the top looking down at the crater, you go right along the rim out to the second lookout. You then retrace that slightly and take the path down into the crater, creating a loop going back up to the start. The loop would be going counterclockwise. So, essentially this is a loop hike with a veer out to a lookout in the beginning portion of the hike. The last portion is a bit steep coming up. There was a split on going up the steep part at the end and we took a left. Then there was a right we had to take to go up to the top instead of back out to the second look out. You will retrace a small portion of the beginning with this trail option. The trail was exceptionally easy to follow except for a little bit down in the Crater, but doable because you can see everything – it’s wide-open. There is geothermal machinery in the middle of this gigantic cauldron. You will see goats and sheep in the bottom of the crater. We also saw one lone baboon looking very thoughtful. They were friendly shepherds at the top, and along the way. The wonderfully, sweet Kenyan that we paid $5 to to discuss the trail with us, said he was watching us the whole time with his binoculars. May want to discuss that upfront, rather than just be told a beautiful surprise at the end. We were in shorts, but I would maybe wear pants next time, as there is a bit of brush. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen. It’s a little dusty. Now for the hike. This is the second largest cauldron in the continent of Africa. You feel the full depths of all of that when you are walking through it and around. Africa is just so beautiful to be seen on this hike. Another must to hike! It’s a short sweet shot of being out and about in a safe place, from animals and also from any hooligan people. I suppose, my favorite part was the steep part going up where you kept getting beautiful views of the crater as you ascend. It’s a little tricky going up in just a few spots, but completely doable again! Go get you some of this cauldron. Amazing! Last note – we plan to do the gorge hike at Hells gate. However, this was closed due to the possibility of flash floods. I get the feeling that this happens often. So, if your plan is to do that, might want to research if it is open. We drove the whole way to a bit of disappointment. However, you still can ride bikes all throughout Hell’s gate. Have fun!

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Doc Khalbar
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Excellente rando, prévoir pas mal d'eau ! Pas de difficultés majeurs. Zèbres et baboins étaient au rendez-vous !

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Amanda Woomer
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Heidi Gloor
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Der stündige Aufstieg zum Krater schenkt einen atemberaubenden Blick in das Kraterinnere. Dann kam der Kraterrand in gut 3 Stunden umwandert werden. Die Tour sollte nicht unterschätzt werden, es geht rauf und runter. Gute Schuhe, es ist staubig, und Selbstverpflegung sind erforderlich. Uns hat die Wanderung sehr gut gefallen.

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Jana Hoffman
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Julia Bouchard
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It’s a nice hike to the top but I hiked this during the dry season. The main trail gets very dusty so I recommend a bandana or something to cover your mouth and nose (I did not have anything and I wish I had). There is also very limited shade so I recommend some sun protection. Overall a nice hike with great views!

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Gwin Zhou
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Rachel Koch
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vivek khetani
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Geoff Faraday
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Fiona Fordyce
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Keith Schofield
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Davy Greenberg
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Jade Noelle
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M B
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Glenance Green
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Felix Boehme
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Emily Griffith
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Ben Tan
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