This hike to the top of the Great Rift Valley will give you the chance to experience the freedom and awesome wildness of East Africa. Mt Longnot is just less than 9100 ft above sea level with a tree filled interior and a lonesome steam vent to the northeast.

You start the assent at 6000 ft. The hike takes approximately 1½ hour you will leave the lodge at 6.15am and will start at approximately 7 am.

Like all good uphill hikes it will lull you in to a sense of false security with a slow gentle rise to the first peak. This gives you a chance to get your lungs and limbs freed up for the second section, which is the most awesome. At the end of each section there is a rest point where you can prepare your self for the next part of your journey. You will have started early to avoid the heat of the Sun but by the time you reach the end of the second section you would have generated your own heat. This hike is not an easy hike but is achievable by people of average fitness. An indication of the fitness required is that most school of the age 14 and 15 take this climb while attending school in Nairobi. Once you have finished the second section there is another rest bite of slightly less demanding terrain, before making the final climb on the fourth section. This again is a demanding section, though not as demanding as the second section.

As you heave your self over the rim of the crater your reward is the awesome sight of Naivasha and the Great Rift Valley and you know that it was all worthwhile.

Before making this climb you will need to acclimatize at 6000 ft and as part of the climb package we offer a day and one night at the Emerald Lake near by.

A ranger accompanies you on the hike. He will act as a guide. As there are wild animals in the area he is armed. Paul my guide has been a ranger for 10 years and has not used the gun once on his daily trips up and down the mountain.
The Emerald Lake
You will need:

Equipment
• Good pair of walking boots (broken-in)
• Walking stick. An adjustable sprung loaded stick is best.
• Pair of woolen socks as recommended by the boots manufacturer/sales man
• Rucksack. Large enough to carry 2 x ½ litter of water plus few sandwiches to eat at the top. Together with camera, sun cream, plus your sweater that will be removed during the climb.

Tips
• The ranger's advice on all matters including your rate of progress should always be listened to, as he has vast experience on helping people reach the summit.
• Don't under estimate dehydration. Drink water at the end of each section, and as required.
 
Note
• The crater can be circum-navigated, this takes another 4 hours via a narrow path. In some places this path has seep slopes on both sides and is not without danger.
• All of this hike is over rough ground and has all the hazards of hiking up steep inclines
Animals
There are numerous animals in the area; the most commonly seen is the odd giraffe or dik-dik.
 


Update 2003- THE BIG HIKE

I returned to make this magnificent hike again with my husband on the 28 December 2002 the day after Kenya's general election. This time the effort was just as great as it had been that first time but the heart stirring sound of the tribal drums of victory accompanied us. The vibrations ran down the Great Rift Valley and in to our veins like the music from some big blockbuster film beating out the sound of victory. This was the first time I had experienced this since Independence Day on 12 December 1963.
On the climb we saw a large herd of zebras and Thomson gazelles along with a large majestic giraffe. The view from the top was wonderful as ever. The Great Rift Valley rolled out in front of us and the sun sparkled on Lake Naivasha.
 


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