Mount Kenya National Park

Mount Kenya National Park

LOCATED
–     In Central Kenya 180kms from Nairobi

ALTITUDE
–     2134meters

AREA
–     2800 km²

PARK ENTRANCE PAYMENT METHOD
–     Kenya Wildlife Service Prepaid Tickets or Cash

ACCOMMODATIONS
–     Serena Mountain Lodge inside the park, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club and others outside

ACCESS
–     By Road approx. 3 hours’ drive from Nairobi; Daily scheduled flights land in Nanyuki Airstrip approx. 60kms / 1 hour drive

ATTRACTIONS
–     Mount Kenya, Equator Line, Wildlife, Mountain Climbing, Cave Exploration

The massive bulk of Mount Kenya straddles the Equator yet is permanently crowned with snow; UNESCO inscribed Mount Kenya as a World Heritage Site. The National Park, surrounded by 2000 km² of Forest Reserve, is dominated by the twin summits of Batian (5,199 m) and Nelion (5,188 m) whose jagged snow-capped peaks are all that remain of a gigantic volcanic lava plug that once thrust another 300 meters into the sky. The Mount Kenya Forest Reserve is the largest forest reserve and water supply in Kenya and produces 70% of Kenya’s hydroelectric power. It features magnificent stands of buttressed and lichen-draped juniper, Podocarpus and African olive trees whose dense canopy provides the ideal habitat for vast herds of buffalo and elephant, tree hyrax, white tailed mongoose, suni, black fronted duiker, mole rat, bushbucks, water buck, Elands as well as a bright kaleidoscope of birds. Animals rarely seen include leopard, bongo, giant forest hog and rhino. Activities in this park include guided forest walks, trout fishing, mountain climbs and treks, tree-planting program. One of the accommodations here Mount Kenya Safari Club has been a mecca for the rich and famous ever since it was founded in 1959. Set in beautifully manicured grounds, this is definitely the most sophisticated and romantic way to experience the area.

 

 

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