Mt. Kenya National Park

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Mt. Kenya National Park is located to the east of the Great Rift Valley, about 175km North-East of Nairobi.  The ecosystem lies in Central and Eastern provinces of Kenya.  At 5,199m the mountain is the second highest peak in Africa. Mt. Kenya is an important water tower in the country. It provides water for about 50% of the country’s population and produces 70% of Kenya’s hydroelectric power.

UNESCO inscribed Mount Kenya as a World Heritage Site.  Its described as one of the most impressive landscapes in Eastern Africa with its rugged glacier-clad summits, Afro-alpine moorlands and diverse forests that illustrate outstanding ecological processes.

ACCESS

  • Roads: 175 Kms from Nairobi, the park can be reached on Nanyuki-Isiolo road via Sirimon Track or Nyeri-Nanyuki road near Naro Moru. The park is also reachable via Chogoria on the Embu – Meru road, about 150km north of Nairobi.
  • Airstrips: The closest commercial airstrip to the park is at Nanyuki

PARK GATES

  • Narumoru Gate
  • Sirimon Gate
  • Chogoria Gate
  • Mawingu Gate
  • Kamweti Gate
  • Kihari Gate

SIZE / LOCATION

  • 2800 sq.km
  • East of the Rift Valley. Mt. Kenya lies about 140 km North, North-East of Nairobi with its Northern flanks across the Equator

CLIMATE

  • Climate, flora and fauna on Mt. Kenya varies with altitude

SAFARI CARD REQUIRED?

  • At present the park does not operate the Safari Card system. Entry is by cash only.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

  • Pristine wilderness, lakes, tarns, glaciers and peaks of great beauty, geological variety, forest, mineral springs, rare and endangered species of animals, High altitude adapted plains game, Unique mountain and alpine vegetation with 11 species of endemic plants.

WILDLIFE

  • Include Elephants, tree hyrax, white tailed mongoose, suni, black fronted duiker, mole rat, bushbucks, water buck and Elands. Animas rarely seen include leopard, bongo, giant forest hog and rhino.

BIRDS

  • Over 130 bird species have been recorded.

Accommodation in Mt Kenya link to the accommodation part for.

ACTIVITY OPTIONS

  • Game viewing
  • Camping
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Cave Exploration

What to take with you

Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight, walking boots, warm clothing, training shoes, socks, sandals and gaiters. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks.