Mount Kenya National Park lies approximately 176kms northeast of
Nairobi and covers an area of approximately 700 sq kms, with a
landscape consisting mainly of forest and bare rock.
Mount Kenya is an extinct volcano straddled across the equator,
and is Africa's second highest peak. The altitude ranges from
between 11,000 to 17,058ft, with the highest peaks being Batian at
17,058ft and Nelion at 17,022ft. These are regularly climbed by
experienced climbers though very few actually make it to the top.
The more popular peak for climbers is the easier Lenana which
reaches a height of 16,354ft. and can be climbed without the use of
specialist equipment. Climbers are often accompanied by a guide,
with ports being available.
There are climbers huts in Mount Kenya to rest up in, but plenty
of food and warm clothes should be taken with you. The best time of
the year for climbing is from mid-January to late February and from
late August through September
Mount Kenya National Park scenery is stunning and quite
breathtaking. It is also a botanist's paradise, with a wide
variation in flora as the altitude changes.
The region is home to a variety of wildlife including some unique
species, such as Black and White colobus and Sykes monkeys,
bushbuck, buffalo, elephant, Olive baboon, waterbuck, black rhino,
leopard, hyena, bongo and at high altitudes zebra and eland can be
Available at the Mountain Lodge in the heart of the rainforest.