African Screens 51 – Longonot
Located west of Nairobi and east of Naivasha, Mt Longonot is a spectacle to behold as you cruise along the A104. It is thought to have last erupted in the 1860s and gets it’s name from the Maasai word oloonong’ot which translates into steep ridges or mountain of many spurs. Just by looking at it, you immediately know why.
Hiking here is a breeze, with the only challenging bit being the 3km rise to the 7km track that takes you round the crater rim. As you circle the crater, you’ll feast your eyes on panoramic views of Lake Naivasha and the rift valley, including Mt Suswa, Mt Margaret and other Longonot craters. A leisurely hike up, round the crater and back down to the park gate takes about 4 to 5 hours. It is lots of fun with friends so don’t go it alone.
May this week’s wallpaper motivate you to climb Mt Longonot if you haven’t.