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Longonot hike

After a drab week of cold and rainy days, we were rewarded with a gorgeously sunny Saturday afternoon. D had gotten back from Mombasa on Friday and was preparing for another road trip the following week, so we decided to seize the moment and go hiking. Mt Longonot is located about an hour west of Nairobi off the old Naivasha road. There was not much traffic to deal with on the weekend, and once we got out of the city, it was a pleasure driving through the countryside, particularly on the 9km escarpment road, which clings to the cliff-side while the Rift Valley offers up a stunning panorama a few thousand feet below.

view of Longonot en route

view of Longonot en route

It took us about an hour to hike up to the crater rim.

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We decided to have lunch on the highest point of the rim, which offered a great view of the crater as well as a peek at Hell’s Gate on the other side of Mt Longonot.

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It took us about two and a half hours to make our way around the crater rim, which included some surprisingly steep, sandy parts.

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Though it was not a particularly long hike, we got home completely wiped out after a day out under the blazing African sun.

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