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Mount Kenya National Park

Introduction

Mount Kenya National Park and Forest Reserve lies approximately 175kms northeast of Nairobi and covers an area of just over 700 sq kms, with a landscape consisting mainly of forest and bare rock. The national park and the forest reserve, combined, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

The region is home to a variety of wildlife including some unique species, such as Black and White Colobus and Sykes monkeys, bushbuck, buffalo, elephant, Olive baboon, waterbuck, black rhino, leopard, hyena, bongo and at high altitudes zebra and eland can be found. Over 130 species of birds have been recorded.

The Central Highlands, which contain Mount Kenya and the Aberdares, are the homelands of the Kikuyu people. Mount Kenya is regarded as a holy mountain by all the communities (Kikuyu and Meru) living adjacent to it. They believe that their traditional God Ngai and his wife Mumbi live on the peak of the mountain and use it for their traditional rituals.

Mount Kenya is an extinct volcano that straddles the equator and is Africa's second highest peak. The altitude ranges from between 11,000 to 17,058ft, with the highest peaks being Batian at 17,058ft and Nelion at 17,022ft.

Both peaks are regularly ascended by experienced climbers though very few actually make it to the top. The more popular peak for climbers is the easier Lenana which reaches a height of 16,354ft and can be climbed without the use of specialist equipment. Climbers are often accompanied by a guide, with porters being available. There are climbers huts to rest up in, but plenty of food and warm clothes should be taken with you.

The scenery in the area is stunning and quite breathtaking. It is also a botanist's paradise, with a wide variation in flora as the altitude changes.

The best time of the year for climbing Mount Kenya is from mid January to late February and from late August through September.

Climbing trips up Mount Kenya

5 Days Mount Kenya Clima Sirimon-Sirimon
5 Days Mount Kenya Clima Sirimon-Sirimon
It is the least used of the 3 main routes but the driest. It is also the longest approach to Pt. Lenana and involves fitness. Minimum number of days required is only 5 days.
5 Days - EUR €638
5 Days Mt Kenya Climb - Sirimon-Chogoria Route
5 Days Mt Kenya Climb - Sirimon-Chogoria Route
This route ends with the eastern side of the mountain, it is undoubtedly the most beautiful of the access routes to the summit and easiest as far as gradients go. It requires good trekking experience.
5 Days - EUR €638
Mount Kenya Climb and Beach Holiday
Mount Kenya Climb and Beach Holiday
Climb Mount Kenya and relax afterwards on one of our finest beaches - i.e. Mombasa Beach. Experience a holiday in Kenya at it's best.
11 Days - EUR €1,265

Safaris visiting Mount Kenya

Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
Best of Kenya, Lodge Safari
7 day Kenya lodge safari to Samburu, Mount Kenya, Lake Nakuru & Maasai Mara Game Reserve. This is a Private Safari departing with a minimum of 2 persons, perfect for photographers.
7 Days - USD $2,428
Magnificent Kenya Adventure Safari 7 days
Magnificent Kenya Adventure Safari 7 days
This safari starts in Nairobi and visits Samburu, and Mt. Kenya National Parks and Lakes Naivasha, and we’ll end up in the spectacular Masai Mara National Reserve the Africa of everyone’s imagination.
7 Days - USD $2,816
Explore Kenya’s Wildlife - 9 days lodge safari
Explore Kenya’s Wildlife - 9 days lodge safari
Lodge safari visiting and exploring Kenya’s prime wildlife reserves - Samburu, Mount Kenya, Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru accommodation in is lodges.
9 Days - USD $3,717
Masai Mara, Nakuru,Samburu, Mt. Kenya, Tsavo Safari
Masai Mara, Nakuru,Samburu, Mt. Kenya, Tsavo Safari
A safari visits all the major National Parks of Kenya - so you have a good chance of seeing and photographing all the wildlife you ever dreamed of.
11 Days - EUR €2,100
16 Days: Kenyan Safari and Beach Holiday
16 Days: Kenyan Safari and Beach Holiday
Travel through the wild safari lands of Masai Mara, Samburu, Amboseli and Tsavo with a visit to the Flamingo paradise and beautiful Mt. Kenya. Finish by relaxing on the white beaches off the Kenyan coast.
16 Days - EUR €2,242

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