Mount Kenya National Park
Mount Kenya National Park was established in 1949 to primarilysafe guard Mount Kenya and its natural environment from urbanization and destruction. the national park which covers n area of 715 sq km together with the forest reserve found on the lower slopes of the mountain covering 705 sq km combined today are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Mountain Kenya which stands at a towering height of 5199meters above sea levelis the most dominant geographical feature in his part of the country as well as the second highest mountain coming after Mt. Kilimanjaro of Tanzania. The magnificent mountain was formed millions and millions of years ago as a result of several volcanic eruptions.
The establishment of this park was also focused on encouraging tourism,conserving the wild animal habitat, protecting it as a water-catchment area as well as preserving the natural beauty of this mountain area. Amazingly his park is located between a number of other national parks within the country and these include: Meru, Aberdare as well as Samburu National Park.
The mountain has three major peaks with the highest peak being covered with snow, and of these Point Lenanacan only be climbed by amateurs whereas the other two can only be attempted by professional mountain climbers.
Its lower slopes are covered by a verdant rain forest with thick bamboo clumps towering over the forest. As you ascend higher you will find lobelia as well asheather.
Wildlife in Mount Kenya National Park
There are a number of wild animals living within the lower slopes of the park and these are restricted within the park’s boundaries by an electric fence. among these are: elephants, gigantic forest hogs, buffaloes, different antelope species, Colobus as well as several other primate speciesthere are also several bird species within this park among which are big eagles and several colorful sunbirds.
Climate / weather in Mount Kenya National Park
Within this park, the climate varies basing on the altitude. Generally this park experiences cooler temperatures compared to most parts of Kenya. It has a temperate/ subtropical climate with the longer rains coming in March April and May while the shorter rains start in October through November and December. The amount of rainfall received on the lower slopes is generally less compared to the higher altitudes of the mountain. From late December up to March the park is very dry as these are the sunniest months
How to get to Mount Kenya National Park
The park can be accessed by either air transport with the nearest airstrip being at Nanyuki and by road transport.
By road: Mount Kenya National Park is 175km from Nairobi, accessible through Nanyuki-Isiolo road. There is also another entrance 150km north of Nairobi through Embu-Meru road.
What to See or Do in Mount Kenya National Park
Game Drive Safaris:Enjoy a game safari across the pristine wilderness and have a chance to see the splendid lakes, glaciers as well as the towering peaks. You will encounter a number of different wildlife species as well as see the rare mountain vegetation.
Mountain climbing:for reasonably good hikers, you will get a chance to ascent to the LenanaPoint, where you will enjoy breathtaking views.
Birdwatching Tour: this is another rewarding safari activity you can enjoy while in this park. You will get a chance to see a great profusion of different beautifully colored birds including the giant eagles and the sunbirds.
Where to Stay / Accommodation in Mount Kenya National Park
There are quite a number of different accommodation facilities within the park among which are: lodges like Serena Mountain Lodge offering breathtaking views of Mt.Kenya and Rotundu Fishes Lodge; several luxurious cottages; exclusive facilities like Mount Kenya Safari Club.
Best time to visit Mount Kenya National Park
Although Mount Kenya National Park is open all year round, the best time to visit this park for the most rewarding safari experience is during the dry month and these are from December to March. From March to May, the park is experiencing some rain whereas from October to early-December it receiving some drizzles; during these months the views may not be very clear.