Mount Kenya National Park is one of best visited national parks and is renowned of its beautiful scenery and landscape are breath taking. More so, it’s pristine wilderness including lakes, tarns, glaciers, dense forest, mineral springs and a selection of unique and endangered species of animals, high altitude adapted plains game and beautiful montane and alpine vegetation.

Fact, Mount Kenya National Park   was created in 1949 to protect Mount Kenya, the wildlife, and its beautiful environment, which forms a home for wild range of wild animals and at the same time an area for the catchment of water.

Historically, at first it was a forest reserve, before gazette into a national park. Recently the national park was encircled by the forest reserve and in 1997 both the national park and forest reserve became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Due to its existence, it was a great reason for the government of Kenya create this national park on and around Mount Kenya. All this were to impact on tourism for the locals together the national economies. They also wanted to preserve an area of great scenic beauty and to conserve the biodiversity within the park as well as preserving the water catchment for the surrounding area.

Despite the fact, the park covers an area of about 715 square Kilometers, of which most area is above the 3,000-meter contour line. Then the forest reserve covers an area of about 705 square kilometers. If we combine both sides, make up a total area of the UNESCO World Heritage Site 1.420 square kilometers.

Park size; The park measures a total area of about 2,124 square kilometers

Location; Mount Kenya National Park lies in Kenya’s northeast region, that estimates 110miles from the capital city, Nairobi. It is 276 square miles in size.

Gates of park; Mount Kenya National Park has six entry gates include Naru Moru gate, Kihari gate, Mawingu gate, Sirimon gate, Kamweti gate and Chogoria gate. If you to pay park entry fees, only cleared at the three main entry gates and proof of payment is also required for payments made prior to the visit.

Climate. The park’s climate varies with altitude. The mountain has three peaks namely; Batian, Nelion and Lenana.

Attractions in Mount Kenya National Park

Pristine wilderness, tarns, lakes, glaciers and peaks of great beauty, geological variety, mineral springs, Forest, rare and endangered animal species. Beautiful montane and Alphine vegetation with 11 species of endemic plants, High altitude adapted plains game.

Wildlife; The park features with arrange of animals like Elephant, tree hyrax, white tailed mongoose, Suni, black fronted duiker, mole rat, bushbucks, water buck and Elands. Animals rarely viewed; leopard, bongo, giant forest hog.

Birdlife; Some of birds to see in Mount Kenya National Park includes; bronze napped pigeon, scaly francolin, Ayre hawk-eagle among others.

Activities to do while at Mount Kenya National Park

They include; Camping, Cave exploration, Game viewing and Mountain climbing.

Mountain Climbing;

This is the most done activity in the park. The highest peak of the Mount Kenya measures 5,199 meters and it is said to be the second tallest mountain in Africa that is surrounded with beautiful scenery and pristine wilderness with tarns, lakes, glaciers, dense forest, mineral springs and high altitude above the sea. The climbing can be done on one of three peaks; Batian the highest peak measure 5199 meters, followed by Nelion at 5188 meters and least peak is Lenan which measures 4985 meters. All these three peaks offer a breath-taking experience. This activity can be done with professional climbers who helps climbers or hikers to make a successful experience – reaching the top of the summit.

Mount Kenya National Park
Mount Kenya National Park

Camping

 Most of the tourists interested in visiting the park for climbing adventure prefer camping as a likely option to get rest as their next day activity which provides an ultimate experience due to the scenic views that can be adventured during these hikes. You can decide to use huts and the booking of the hut are made at the entrances of the park.

Cape exploration

There are stunning caves which can be visited during your visit to the park such as Mau Mau cave which was used as a place by the Mau Mau warriors to keep their supplies and also hideout from colonialist. You can visit Shipton’s caves. However, the trails to the cave offers remarkable opportunities with different scenic views like waterfalls and rivers.

What to pack with you;

They include useful essentials like drinking water

Enough drinking waters

Picnic items and camping equipment’s

Walking boots

Warm clothing

Rubber climbing shoes and socks

Sandals and gaiters

Pair of binoculars

Camera and hat

Sunscreen

Sunglasses and guidebooks

Best time to visit the park;

Mount Kenya National Park can be visited throughout the year. But the best month for successful climbing starts from January, February, August and September. This is because it can be dry seasons which makes rocks easier to climb in comparison to the wet seasons when the rocks are slippery and risky to climb.

Where to stay at Mount Kenya National Park;

The park has got more of perfect campsite and the grounding ground are safe to stay such as; Kinondoni Campsite, Narumoru Gate Campsite, Met Station Campsite, Mackinder Campsite, Austrian Hut Campsite, Sirimon Gate Campsite, Major Campsite, Solo campsite, Liki North Hut 7 Campsite among others.

Luxury Accommodation; Whispers luxury guest rooms, Serena Mountain Lodge, Hotel Fairmont Mount Kenya club, Castle Forest lodge among other.

Getting there;

By road; It covers about 175 kilometers from Nairobi and the park can be accessed on Nanyuki-Isiolo road via Sirimon Track or Nyeri – Nanyuki road near Naro Moru. Mount Kenya National Park is also reachable via Chogoria on the Embu – Meru Road, about 150 kilometers north of Nairobi.

By Air; You can fly from Wilson Airport by a domestic flight to land you to the park’s closest commercial airstrip – Nanyuki.

You can choose to combine your Kenya safari with Gorilla trekking Uganda in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Kenya – Uganda Safaris

From Kenya to Uganda’s Bwindi can be accessed through flying from Wilson Airport in Kenya to Entebbe International Airport Uganda. Then book a scheduled or charter domestic flight to fly you to Kihihi or Kisoro Airstrip nearest airstrip to the Bwindi National Park. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is renowned as home to half remaining mountain gorillas in the wild, which can be seen through engaging in Gorilla Trekking Tours other activities to do -visit the Batwa pygmies, nature walks among others. The park is approximately 8 to 9 hours drive from Kampala or Entebbe.

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