Kenya has become a prime location for adventure tourism in Africa. It is culturally colourful, with over 40 different known ethnic groups living in the country. It is also home to breathtaking wildlife as well as
Although more commonly known for its cultural heritage and unique wilderness safaris, Kenya has more to offer for those that want to explore and enjoy the thrill of Mother Nature; volcanoes. Home to 24 active and extinct volcanoes, Kenya offers a unique opportunity for tourists to explore these majestically beautiful creations of nature.
Let’s take a look at the five top destination volcanoes of Kenya that are safe to explore.
1. Mount Kenya
Mount Kenya is the highest volcano in Kenya. This majestic beauty peaks at 5.2 kilometres. Apart from its towering beauty, Mount Kenya National Park is classified as a World Heritage by UNESCO. This park expands over 715 km² of land, which includes the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve.
Another exciting geographic attraction at Mount Kenya is the Equator, which runs through the National Park. Furthermore, the park is home to a diverse range of birds, elephants, reptiles, and buffalos. There are many options available for accommodation, including campsites.
How to get to Mount Kenya: You can access Mount Kenya through Nanyuki or Naro Moru. Both public and private transport can get you to these areas from the main city of Nairobi!
Mount Kenya Peak
Image Source: MagicalKenya.com
2. Mount Elgon
Of all the volcanoes of Kenya, this one has the most interesting location, with parts of it in Uganda while other parts in Kenya. Located at the Kenya-Uganda border, Mount Elgon is another beautiful extinct volcano. It has a vast crater (8 km in diameter). The highest point of the volcano is located in Uganda!
This mountain is known for its exotic forests, forest birds, and the Sipi Falls. There are over 300 different species of birds in the Mount Elgon National Park. In addition, Kitum Cave is another spectacular place to visit, especially during the night. You can also catch a glimpse of the elephants that are slowly mining through the cave using their tusks at night!
How to get to Mount Elgon: Eldoret > Kitale > Mount Elgon National Park
Mount Elgon Peak
Image Source: UgandaTourismCenter.com
3. Mount Longonot
However, you might see some active spots in the northern inner side of the crater, with steam coming out of the spots!
The Mount Longonot hike to the top is a 3.1-kilometre walk. Although two patches are moderately steep, the hike is relatively easy and small children can also join in the adventure. At the top, you can explore and walk around the 7.2 km rim to admire the magnificent view that the mountain has to offer. You will also encounter zebras, giraffes, buffalos, and even leopards on your journey!
How to get to Mount Longonot: Get on the Mai Mahiu Highway from Nairobi to get to this volcano. Visiting volcanoes in Kenya is very easy owing to the numerous accessible highways there!
Image Source: @Michał Huniewicz via Flickr.com
4. Menengai Crater
The Menengai Crater is breathtakingly beautiful. This historical crater was a battleground for clans of the Maasai community that would fight for its pastures in the Rift Valley. The crater is situated in Northern Nakuru, surrounded by Lake Bogoria and Lake Nakuru.
The hike is slightly challenging and is an 8-kilometre journey. However, once you reach the top, you will be surprised by the beautiful colours, shades, and the surrounding landscape. It is the perfect destination for landscape photographers and tourists that want to sit back and just admire the beauty of our planet.
How to get to Menengai Crater: The crater is accessible from Nakuru Town.
Menengai Crater, Image Source: KenyaGeographic.Com
5. Mount Kipipiri
A three-hour drive from Nairobi, Mount Kipipiri is another great extinct volcanic spectacle in Kenya. Its tallest point is 3.349 kilometres high and is close to Lake Naivasha. Kipipiri, in the Kikuyu language, stands for butterfly, which further emphasizes the beauty of this mountain. Although it can be a tricky and long hike, it is a climb well worth the effort. On your journey, you will encounter Sykes monkeys, Colobus monkeys, buffalo, elephants, and an array of birdlife.
How to get to Mount Kipipri: By road through Nairobi > Nakuru Highway > Njabini > Ndunyu Njeru > Geta Forest Station, from where your hike begins!
The Latest Volcanic Eruption in Kenya Although the number of active volcanoes in Kenya isn’t low, the last volcanic eruption took place in 1921, which involved the Barrier volcano, which is still an active volcano in Kenya.
Image Source: KenyanAdventures.co.ke
Is it Safe to Visit Volcanoes in Kenya?
Considering that the last volcanic eruption took place about 99 years ago, it’s safe to say that volcanoes in Kenya don’t erupt often, making them safe to visit. The extinct volcanoes in Kenya are totally risk-free!
Erupting with excitement
If you’re keen to set foot in a place that once was a live volcano and check it off your bucket list then these 5 spots have to be added to your travel plans.
So, what are you waiting for? Try visiting volcanic sites in Kenya to have a great and fun experience! Head over to our “Flights” section to book flights at the lowest rates and explore Kenya!