Mount Kenya National Park
Mountain Kenya located in Mount Kenya National Park is an imposing extinct volcano dominating the landscape of the Kenyan Central Highlands, east of the Rift.
Mount Kenya lies about 140 km North, North-East of Nairobi with its Northern flanks across the Equator. The mountain has two main snow-covered peaks, Batian (5199m) and Nelion (5188m).
The mountains slopes are cloaked in forest, bamboo, scrub and moorland giving way on the high central peaks to rock, ice and snow.
Mount Kenya is an important water catchment area, supplying the Tana and Northern Ewaso Ngiro systems. The park, which was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1997 and is also a Biosphere Reserve, covers 715 sq. km.
Surrounding the park is Mount Kenya National Reserve with an area of approximately 2.095 km.
Species to See in Mount Kenya National Park.
The park includes a variety of habitats ranging from higher forest, bamboo, alpine moorlands, glaciers, tarns, and glacial moraines.
Mammals include elephants, buffalos, rhinos and waterbucks. Mount Kenya is home to some fascinating high-altitude alpine vegetation including giant groundsels and lobelias.
In the lower-altitude forest zone, trekkers may come across some rather large African wildlife tour such as elephants and buffaloes, lions, leopards, rock hyrax, various antelope species occur in the park.
Wildlife in the Mount Kenya National Park
The national park includes mountain Kenya which is basically a forest reserve where animals reside. These animals include; Elephants, Tree hyrax, Mongoose, Mole rats, Bushbucks, Waterbucks, Duikers, Buffaloes, Black rhinos, Leopards and many other plant-loving animals.
Mount Kenya has montane Avifauna which definitely attracts birds to this national park. The birds found in this park include the following; Mountain Buzzard, Violet-backed Starling, Olive Pigeon, Eastern Bronze-napped Pigeon and Oriole Finch, Meyer’s Parrots, African Green Pigeon, Black-and-white Mannikin and Spot-flanked Barbet, Red-fronted Parrot, Jackson’s Francolin, Moorland Chat, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird, Black-headed Waxbill, Slender-billed Starling, Waller’s Starling, Montane White-eye, Eastern Double-collared Sunbird, Hunter’s Cisticola, Moorland Francolin and many other birds.
Activities to do in Mount Kenya National Park.
Mountain climbing, trekking and game viewing. There are at least seven routes up the mountain. The easiest is the Naro Moru (four days), then the Sirimon and Chogoria, and the Summit Circuit path.
Point Lenana (4.895m), the third peak, is easily accessible by all trekkers. The full trekking can last one week up to 10 days Kenya Safari.
The best period for climbing is from mid-January to February and from late August to September, when the season is dry.
- Game drive
This activity is mandatory while at the national park. Whether it is an early morning game drive or an evening game drive, you are guaranteed that you will be able to see a variety of animals such as Elephants, Buffalos, antelopes, Mangoose as well as other fascinating animals
Hiking up mountain Kenya
A climb to the top of the Mountain Kenya will give the tourists a breath-taking moment. You will be able to see glaciers, Lakes, birds as well as a variety of animals and plants. The challenge is worth undergoing and extremely fascinating.
Shipton’s caves and camping
On the Mountain, there is a point where one can camp in the beauty of the Mountains as well as visit the caves near the camping site. This is truly a serene point to experience the park.
- Bird watching
The fact that the park has a variety of birds, it makes it the perfect birders paradise. The birds can be seen on lakes as well as slopes of the mountain.
Accommodation in Mount Kenya national park
While visiting this peaceful place, your stay will be catered for at the following lodges; Hotel Fairmount Mount Kenya safari club, Naro Muro river lodge, Serena mountain lodge, Shipton’s Mountain hut, Old Moses mountain hut, Mackinder’s campsite, Sirimon cottage and many other lodges
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