Mount Kenya National Park Safari
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Mount Kenya National Park Safari
Mount Kenya National Park, established in 1949, protects the region surrounding Mount Kenya, the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. Mount Kenya National Park is located East of the Rift Valley. Mt. Kenya lies about 140 km North, North-East of Nairobi with its Northern flanks across the Equator, with the geographical coordinates 0°7’26’S, 37° 20’12’E. The national park has an area of 715 square kilometers or 276 square miles, most of which is above the 3,000 meters or 9,800 feet contour line. The forest reserve has an area of 705 square kilometers or 272 square miles. Combined this makes the area of the UNESCO World Heritage Site 1,420 square kilometers or 548 square miles. In 1978 the area was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, an area supposed to develop innovative approaches, test them and share the results; more importantly to combine many different approaches in a vast diversity of policy and management fields, towards a balanced relationship between mankind and nature. In 1997, the national park and the forest reserve, combined, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for its special cultural and physical significance.
Camping facilities inside Mount Kenya National Park include Kinondoni, Road Head, Mintos Hut & Campsite, Narumoru Gate, Met Station, Mackinders Campsite, Mackinders, Austrian Hut, Sirimon, Judmaier, Shipton, Liki North Hut 7, Solo and Major public campsites. Meanwhile, self-catering accommodations inside the park include the Batian Guesthouse and the Sirimon Bandas. Access roads to the park is 175 kilometers from Nairobi, on Nanyuki-Isiolo road via Sirimon Track or Nyeri-Nanyuki road near Naro Moru. The park is also reachable via Chogoria on the Embu – Meru road, about 150 kilometers north of Nairobi. Meanwhile, the closest commercial airstrip to the park is at Nanyuki. The park has 6 gates – Narumoru Gate, Sirimon Gate, Chogoria Gate, Mawingu Gate, Kamweti Gate, and the Kihari Gate. Usual activities offered in the park includes game viewing, camping, mountain climbing, and cave exploration.
The Mount Kenya National Park Safari offers a refreshing mountaineering experience through the tallest mountain in Kenya.
- Mountaineering on Mount Kenya
There are eight walking routes up to the main peaks. These are the: Meru, Chogoria, Kamweti, Naro Moru, Burguret, Sirimon and Timau Routes. Of these Chogoria, Naro Moru and Sirimon and used most frequently and therefore have staffed gates. The other routes require special permission from the Kenya Wildlife Service to use. The majority of the 15,000 visitors to the national park each year climb the Point Lenana Peak, 4,985 metres or 16,355 feet, the highest peak that can be ascended without climbing.
Mount Kenya National Park major attractions include pristine wilderness, lakes, tarns, glaciers and peaks of great beauty, geological variety, forest, mineral springs, rare and endangered species of animals, high altitude adapted plains game, alpine vegetation with 11 species of endemic plants.
The majority of animals live lower down on the slopes of Mount Kenya. Tourist can also do bird walks to explore Mount Kenya’s bird species including starlings, hornbills, secret ibis, sunbirds, alpine chats, raptors augur buzzard, lammergeier and Verreaux eagle. Big animals include elephants, tree hyrax, white tailed mongoose, suni, black fronted duiker, mole rat, bushbucks, water buck and Elands. Animas rarely seen include leopard, bongo, giant forest hog and rhino.