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Mount Suswa

October 3, 2011

Welcome to Mount Suswa!

My name is Daniel Sempui and I’m a local guide for Mount Suswa, the place where I was born and raised.

Located in the heart of Maasai land, Mount Suswa is the least known but arguably most interesting of the three famous Great Rift Valley Volcanoes.  The other two are the nearby Longonot and Menengai at Nakuru.

Comprising a unique 12 km double crater system, Mount Suswa has a wide outer crater with a stunning sunken ‘crater within a crater’.  The summit of the inner volcano, Ol Doinyo Nyokie (the red mountain), is 2,356m (7,730 ft).  It affords a breath-taking view, particularly of the inner crater, 5km across, which is covered by pristine tropical forest and home to leopards, hyenas, buffaloes, antelopes and other wildlife.

The outer crater, around 10km in diameter, is dotted with traditional Maasai homes called manyattas.  The Maasai graze their livestock here and on the slopes of the inner volcano, and tap water for domestic use from springs spouting steam from deep underground.

Suswa also has a vast network of obsidian caves which are ideal for exploring.  This unique cave system is considered the world’s most complex braided system of lava tubes. If you search the “baboon parliament” online, you’ll find a few videos from the BBC about a troupe of baboons who gather every evening in the Baboon Caves for their nightly meeting and for sleep, sharing this space with the world’s largest colony of giant mastiff bats. Typically baboons stay in trees to avoid predators such as leopards, and this is the only known place around the globe where baboons gather underground like this.

On this site, you will find information about Mount Suswa, activities and logistics for getting here.  Please let me know if you would like any more information and I will get back to you.


{Updated 20 January, 2017.}