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Mount Kenya National Park

Fast Facts

Location: Central Highlands in Kenya
Time to Visit: October to March. The weather is clear, and the wild animals are more easily spotted.
Admission Fee:
How to Reach: You can come to any of the towns of Naro Moru, Nanyuki, Meru and Embu and embark your trip to the national park.
Nearest Railway Station: Thika Station
Nearest International Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Time required for sightseeing: 1-2 days

Take a look at the bongo antelopes, and you will know that zebras are not the automatic winners of the 'Mr. beautiful stripes' pageant. Bongos are playful, shy, and extremely rare. The only place you can see it in the wild is the Mount Kenya National Park, dense vegetation that grew on the slopes of the fabulous Mount Kenya, an extinct volcano. You also get a chance to see other beautiful and exotic animals of the African wild, like Sykes and Colobus Monkeys, elephants, buffalos, black rhinos, and wonderful birds. You will also understand while these animals look best in their natural habitat: the lakes, glaciers, mountain peaks and the wonderful vegetation provide a perfect setting for these animals to graze around. Undoubtedly, it is one of the most attractive wild life safaris in Africa.

Mount Kenya National Park was listed among the World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO in the year 1997. The national park was established in the year 1949 and is spread over an area of 715 sq kms. The Government of Kenya developed the park to boost eco tourism in the region, for preservation of the scenic beauty of the region, to conserve the biodiversity and protect the diverse flora and fauna of the area.

Mount Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa and rises up to a height of around 5199 meters. It is a prominent geographical feature of the Central Highlands and was formed around 2-3 million-years-ago by a number of volcanic eruptions. There are four secondary points in the mountain. The rugged landscape, volcanic traits, U-shaped glacial valleys and forested slopes make it one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in Africa. The forest of the Mount Kenya National Park comprises a thick vegetation of tropical rainforests and bamboo bushes in the higher altitudes. The rambling afro-alpine flora makes it truly a great sight. There are three ways to reach the national park. The most convenient location is Point Lenana, which can be reached easily and conveniently by most tourists. The other two are located in somewhat extreme locations and can be reached by hikers, trekkers and mountaineers.

The Mount Kenya National Park is home to diverse species of flora and fauna. The wildlife varies in the upper and the lower regions of the park. While the sprawling rainforests in the area provide an ideal habitat for elephants, buffalos, bisons, monkeys, antelope giant forest hogs and other species, the lower regions provide shelter for rare and endangered species like Colobus Monkeys and Cape Buffalos. Some part of the national park is surrounded by electrified fences to prevent elephants from encroaching in the nearby villages.

If you are a bird lover, the Mount Kenya National Park is an ideal place to go for safari trips. The dense rainforests are ideal habitats for different species of birds ranging from huge eagles to multi-colored sunbirds. The huge volume of freshwater and the vegetation around the slopes also make the place ideal for a wide range of water birds and migratory birds.

Being a popular tourist spot, there are plenty of accommodation centers in and around the Mount Kenya National Park. Staying in these lodges and hotels make you enjoy comfortable lodging in the midst of the serene jungle surroundings. Some of the popular hotels where you can stay while making tours are Mount Kenya Safari Club, Serena Mountain Lodge and others.

The Mount Kenya National Park is also an ideal place if you are adventure lover who wishes to have an adrenaline rush. The rugged landscape of the region provides an ideal setting for mountain hiking and trekking trips. Travelers can also camp in the forest amidst scenic and idyllic ambience.

The good connectivity of the Mount Kenya National Park also makes it easy for you to come here. The mountain is surrounded by a good road, which makes it conveniently accessible. You can come to any of the towns of Naro Moru, Nanyuki, Meru and Embu and embark your trip to the national park. The nearest airport is located at Naro Moru airstrip. The nearest international airport is at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Related Links : This is the first part of a documentary on Kenya Tourism. For wonderful views of the national park and its great wildlife wealth, watch the entire series. You will also get to see the local tribes and their fascinating customs and music. For an overview of travel opportunities at the Mount Kenya National Park, and answers to your touristy questions, click on this link.

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