OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Longonot

Latitude (dd): 
-0.91
Longitude (dd): 
36.45
Elevation (m): 
2776
Country: 
Kenya
Type: 
Stratovolcano

 

Longonot is a beautiful young stratovolcano rising above the Kenya rift valley. The crater floor measures about two miles (3.2 Km) from east to west. The northern crater rim reaches an elevation of 8,583 ft. (2,617 m). According to local legends Longonot erupted in the 1860's. When I climbed the volcano in 1967, steam was issuing from a few spots on the inner wall. The entire crater interior was heavily vegetated so that walking was difficult, and the stories that lions were there was frighteningly real.- Chuck Wood

 

 


Source of Information:
Richard J.J., Neumann van Padang m., 1957, Africa and the Red Sea. Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World, Rome, IAVCEI 4, p.59-60.