Mount Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa at 5,199m. The landscape is not the dry savanna of Tsavo or Mara. Instead, it offers breathtakingly beautiful mountain scenery. Glaciers, lakes, thick forests, unique vegetation found only in the highlands; mountain caves and waterfalls are some of the unique features that Mount Kenya serves up. It was on the shores of the scenic lake Alice that Prince William proposed to his then fiancée Kate Middleton.
The park is located in Central Kenya more than
150 kilometers from Nairobi, which is not too far.If traveling by plane, the nearest place to land is Nanyuki.
Visitors to Mount Kenya National Park can either fly in and out by helicopter or choose to take advantage of one of more than a dozen choices of accommodation available in the park. Being close enough to Nairobi, it is possible to actually drive there and back if you are willing to rise up early.
Prepare to see an abundance of elephants, elands, mongoose, hyrax, leopards, waterbuck, and the bongo. There are more than 130 bird species in the park.
Mountain climbers and campers obviously favor Mount Kenya National Park for the challenge it offers. Apart from mountain climbing, people go there to camp, explore caves, and enjoy the good old traditional game drive.