Climbing Mt. Kenya - an adventure travel

Mount Kenya National Park consists mainly of the three peaks of Mount Kenya. This gives it a different landscape than the other national parks, but the African animals are still evident, including African elephants, monkeys and a host of birds.

Mount Kenya National Park was created in 1949 to protect Mount Kenya and its environment from destruction and development. The Mount Kenya Forest Reserve encircles the national park and the two areas, combined, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mount Kenya National Park covers 715km² (276 square miles) and the forest reserve at the base covers a further 705km² (272 square miles).

Mount Kenya National Park facts

Mount Kenya National Park History and Overview

Mount Kenya stands a magnificent 5199m (17,057 feet) above sea level, dominating the view for miles around. It is the second highest mountain in Africa, next to Mount Kilimanjaro, and was formed hundreds of years ago by a series of volcanic eruptions. Gradually, the cratered rim has eroded, forming several peaks.

The park was created to encourage tourism, to preserve the area's natural, outstanding beauty, and to conserve the animal habitat and protect it as a water catchment area. Mount Kenya National Park is located between Kenya's other safari parks - Aberdare, Samburu and Meru National Park.

Of Mount Kenya's three main peaks, only Point Lenana can be climbed by amateurs on a mountain climbing safari. The other two peaks require full mountaineering skills and technical equipment.

The mountain supports rainforest, with thick clumps of bamboo growing above the forest. Higher up the slopes, it becomes moorland with heather and lobelia. A tarmac road runs around the base of Mount Kenya and there are several towns situated along the road, including Naro Moru, Nanyuki and Meru.

Vegetation along the slopes of Mount Kenya

African animals, including elephants, buffalo, Colobus and other monkeys, Cape buffalo, antelope and giant forest hogs, inhabit the lower forests. They are contained within the national park by electrified fences. The birdlife is also very prolific, including huge eagles and colorful sunbirds. A spotter's guide may be useful for identifying the animals and birds.

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Climate and weather in Mount Kenya National Park

The climate varies with the altitude and temperatures at Mount Kenya National Park are cooler than throughout most of the country. The climate is subtropical or temperate. There is still a rainy season from March to May and from October to December when it is drizzly and cloudy. Rainfall is moderate on the lower slopes and heavier higher up. The sunniest months are from December through March.

Climbing Mount Kenya

Above 8000 feet, temperatures can fall low enough for frost and snow to occur. The peak of Mount Kenya is always covered in snow.

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How to get to Mount Kenya National Park

By road: Mount Kenya National Park is 175km from Nairobi, accessible through Nanyuki-Isiolo road. There is also another entrance 150km north of Nairobi through Embu-Meru road.

By Air: The closest airstrip is at Nanyuki

Attractions - what to see, what to do in Mount Kenya National Park

Take a game safari through the pristine wilderness and see the magnificent lakes, glaciers and peaks.

View the African animals, endangered species and unique mountain vegetation.

Mountain climbing - climb Point Lenana, if you are reasonably fit, and enjoy the views.

Birdwatching is very rewarding as there are many prolific species including the multi-colored sunbirds and huge eagles.

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Accommodation in Mount Kenya National Park - Safari lodges and hotels

There are many huts available to rent. Lodges in mount Kenya include Serena Mountain Lodge with splendid views of Mount Kenya. Also, straddling the equator is a group of luxurious cottages and elegant buildings. Surrounded by pristine, manicured lawns and decorated ponds is the exclusive Mount Kenya Safari Club, a great lodge to stay in. Another great lodge is the Rotundu Fishes Lodge.

>>>See more Kenya safari lodges, hotels and camps that you can stay at in Mt. Kenya.

Best time to visit Mount Kenya National Park

December to March are the sunniest months and perhaps the best time to visit. There are some cloudy periods and rain from March to May, and drizzle from October to early December which may restrict clear views. Mount Kenya National Park is open all year round.

Mount Kenya National Park - rates and fees

  E.A Citizens (KES) E.A Residents (KES) Non- Residents (US$)
Adults 400
750
55
Children/Students 200
500
25

The above rates change from time to time. You can view the latest Mount Kenya National Park fees charged to Kenya citizens and non-citizens, as well as the rates for vehicles entering the park.

Where to book your Safari Tour to Mount Kenya Park

If you are interested in going on a mountain climbing, wildlife, bird watching or scenic safari in Kenya, there are reputable Kenya tour and travel companies who can book a guided, all-inclusive Kenya safari that suits your needs, before your arrival. Planning is easy enough to do yourself as you can book your mount Kenya tour safari online .

For visitors to our website, we recommend these Kenya tour and travel safari packages which normally include accommodation, travel to the park, park fees, English-speaking tour guides, food and other activities to capture that memorable experience in Mount Kenya National Park and other safari parks in Kenya.

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