Surprisingly, one of the Great Rift Valley's most stunning adventure opportunities flies underneath most travelers' radars. If you fall into this category, and are the type to respect a hidden gem when you find one, allow us to make an introduction. Mount Suswa is a truly beautiful double-cratered volcano situated approximately 2.5 hours' drive west of Nairobi. While it may not be much to look at from the outside, the hike up Suswa's 2,356 m summit is replete with fantastic vistas, the kind that get all the more impressive once you reach the top of the outer rim.
Not convinced yet? Then you might be interested to learn that the eastern side of this extinct volcano boasts a winding system of lava-tube caves that make for some great day-excursions into the mountain. You can hire a guide and be back in the city by sundown, or take the opportunity to pitch a tent and camp out under some pristine African skies. Just make sure you check out our link for some handy info if you choose to head out sans guide, and do your best not to exploit the rare tranquility of the place while you're there.