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Mount Kenya National Park
Mount Kenya (Picture: Gerhard Wagner)
Mount Kenya (Picture: Gerhard Wagner)
Mt Kenya is an imposing extinct volcano dominating the landscape of the Kenyan Highlands, East of the Rift Valley. Mt Kenya lies about 140km North, North-East of Nairobi with its Northern flanks across the equator. The mountain has two main peaks - Batian (5200m) and Nelion (5188m). The mountain slopes are cloaked in forest, bamboo, scrub and moorland giving way on the high central peaks to rock, ice and snow. Mt Kenya is an important water catchment area, supplying the Tana and Northern Ewaso Ngiro systems.

The park includes a variety of habitats ranging from higher forest, bamboo, alpine moorlands, glaciers, tarns and glacial moraines.

Lobelia (Picture: Christian N.)
Lobelia (Picture: Christian N.)

The park which was inscribed by UNESCO as a world Heritage Site in 1997 and is also a Biosphere Reserve, covers 715km2, and includes the Peaks consisting of all the ground above 3200m with two small salients extending lower down to 240m along the Sirimon and Naromoro tracks. Surrounding the park is Mount Kenya National Reserve with an area of approximately 2095 km2.

(Picture: Christian N.)
(Picture: Christian N.)

Major attractions: 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, Unique mantane and alpine vegetation with 11 species of endemic plants.

 

 

 

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