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Mount Longonot; Vista

Mount Longonot is a young dormant volcano created during volcanic eruptions that formed the great Rift Valley. The name  Longonot is derived from the Maasai word Oloongong’ot meaning mountains of many spurs or steep ridges.

Some views of the Mountain. Pictures courtesy of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

Mt. Longonot

 

Mt. Longonot

 

Mt. Longonot

 

Mt. Longonot

The ecosystem inside the crater is completely different from the outside. The sides of the mountain are dry with sparse vegetation cover.  The massive crater floor is covered in a sea of green, probably due to the fertile volcanic soils which are much more conducive to plant life.

Mt. LongonotThe view from one side of the crater

 

Mt. LongonotView from taken from the Escarpment on the eastern side of the Rift Valley.

 

Mt. Longonot

 

Mt. Longonot

 

Mt. Longonot

 

Mt. Longonot

 

Mt. Longonot

 

Mt. Longonot

 

Mt. Longonot

 

Mt. Longonot

 

Mt. LongonotStunning aerial views.

At about 70 km from Nairobi Mt. Longonot seems a great adventure. Activities within the mountain include hiking, rock climbing, biking and observing birds and wildlife.

 

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4 Comments

  1. January 23, 2013 at 11:58 pm — Reply

    Wicked. I shall visit in this quarter.

  2. January 25, 2013 at 1:52 am — Reply

    I remember climbing this at some point in primary school, although the memory is clouded by plenty of dust. Dust managed to settle of folks eyelashes. It was epic. lol

  3. Obiero Nathan
    October 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm — Reply

    we climbed it as TANGAZA UNI STUDENTS on 9th,oct, 2015

    • November 12, 2015 at 12:50 pm — Reply

      How was it? I’ve been meaning to climb it too but I think I will wait out the rainy season.

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