Mount Longonot

Mount Longonot

Mount Longonot is a volcano located in the Great Rift Valley 67 km (41 mi) northeast of Nairobi. It is thought to have last erupted in the 1860s.

 

You can hike to the top (3.1 km (1.9 mi)) and walk around the rim (7.2 km (4.5 mi)). It normally takes 4-6 hours depending on your rest breaks. It’s possible to do this with small children (4 years and up is best, unless you can easily carry them). There are two moderately steep places on the path that you will encounter.

 

It’s possible to see buffalo, zebra, giraffe. Occasionally leopards have been seen.

 

Crescent Island & Lake Naivasha

Crescent Island & Lake Naivasha

Crescent Island in Lake Naivasha is 93 km (58 mi) northeast of Nairobi. It is a walkable island where you can walk among giraffe, zebra, hippos, antelope, wildebeest, and many birds such as goliath heron, spoonbills and giant kingfishers. It takes you a couple hours to walk around the park. These animals were brought her to film Out of Africa and were left here to thrive. There are no predators on the island.

 

You can take a boat to get to the island from the Country Club, Hippo Safaris, Sopa or Simba Lodge, Fisherman’s Camp or Elsamere.

 

Hell’s Gate National Park

Hell’s Gate National Park

Hell’s Gate National Park is located 114 km (70 mi) Northwest of Nairobi. It has beautiful landscapes and a gorge that you hike through. It’s possible to rent a bicycle for 600/= for the day and ride to the gorge. There is some animal life there including giraffe, zebra, monkeys, warthog, cheetah and many nesting vultures.

 

There is also rock climbing that you have to arrange with an outside guide.

 

The landscapes were modeled in The Lion King. Born Free and Lara Croft Tomb Raider were also filmed here.