Mount Kenya (5199m), the second highest mountain in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro, is a towering extinct volcano. The peak, located about 140km north-east of Capital Nairobi, domineers the landscape of the Kenyan highlands. Appearance of the mountain differs with altitude. On high central peaks, rock and snow carpet it, while on slopes; it is covered by forests and scrubs. Twin features of glaciered summits and forested slopes make it an impressive landscape.
The National Park
Mount Kenya National Reserve encircles the park, which has an area of approximately 715 sq km. UNESCO designated it as a world heritage site in 1997. Mount Kenya is a favorite peak of novice and seasoned mountain climbers. Routes of varying degrees of difficulty take you to the top, all offering wonderful scenic beauty. Tourists can also have some very good game viewing and bird watching.
» Game viewing
» Marvelous Scenic View: Lakes, Tarns, Glaciers & Peaks
» Variety of birds & animals
» Natural Springs
One lodge, seven climber huts and three self-help Banda sites are available inside the Park. Three lodges and a self-help Banda site can be availed just outside the Park.
How to Reach:
You can find main regional towns; Embu, Meru, Nanyuki and Naro Moru, on a tar road circling Mt. Kenya. Surprisingly, this road is in good condition. If the visitors come by air, they can land on the Naro Moru airstrip.
Located 175 kms from Nairobi, Mt Kenya Wildlife Reserve is accessible through Nanyuki-Isiolo road via Sirimon Track or Nyeri-Nanyuki road near Naro Moru. The park can also be reached via Chogoria on the Embu – Meru road.