About Mount Longonot National Park
Mount Longonot National Park is a protected area located in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, about 90 kilometers northwest of Nairobi. The park is named after Mount Longonot, a dormant volcano that rises 2,776 meters above sea level and dominates the landscape.
Why visit Mount Longonot National Park
The Park is known for its dramatic landscapes, stunning views, and diverse wildlife. Here are some of the top attractions and things to do in the park:
- Scenic Views
- Camping: T
- Rock Climbing
- Bird Watching
Overall, the Park is a great place to enjoy outdoor activities, relax, and take in the beauty of Kenya’s natural landscape.
The Park is home to a variety of wildlife species, including both mammals and birds. Here are some of the animals you might encounter while visiting the park:
- Buffalo: Mount Longonot National Park is home to a large population of buffalo, which can often be seen grazing in the open grasslands.
- Giraffe: The park is home to a few species of giraffe, including the Masai giraffe, which is the tallest mammal on earth.
- Zebra: The park is home to both plains and Grevy’s zebras, which are distinguished by their unique stripe patterns.
- Baboon: Olive baboons are common in the park and can often be seen near the hiking trails.
- Warthog: These small, wild pigs are commonly seen in the park, particularly near the picnic areas.
- Eland: The park is home to elands, which are the largest antelopes in the world.
- Hyena: Spotted hyenas are sometimes seen in the park, particularly at night.
The entry charges for Mount Longonot National Park in Kenya are as follows:
- Citizens: KES 350 per adult and KES 250 per child (ages 3-18)
- Residents: KES 700 per adult and KES 350 per child (ages 3-18)
- Non-residents: USD 35 per adult and USD 25 per child (ages 3-18)
These rates are for park entry only and do not include fees for activities such as hiking, camping, or guided tours. It’s always a good idea to confirm the current rates before your visit, as they are subject to change.
How to get there
The Park is located approximately 90 kilometers northwest of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. Here are some ways to get to the park:
- By Private Vehicle: You can drive to the park in your own car or hire a private vehicle from Nairobi. The park is about a 2-hour drive from Nairobi on the Mai Mahiu-Narok Road.
- By Public Transport: You can take a matatu (a shared minibus taxi) from Nairobi to Mai Mahiu, and then transfer to another matatu to the park’s entrance gate. Matatus are available at the junction of Accra Road and River Road in Nairobi.
- By Tour Bus: Many tour companies in Nairobi offer guided tours to Mount Longonot National Park. These tours usually include transportation, park entry fees, and a guide. You can find tour companies online or at travel agencies in Nairobi.