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Mount Kenya National Park

Why Mount Kenya National Park

Mount Kenya National park was at one time considered a forest reserve since it was surrounded by the pure natural beauty of water catchment areas and its habitat to the vast wildlife in the dense forest. In 1949 the Kenyan Government designated the woods into a National heritage, and by the year 1978, the Park was under the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, thereby, becoming a World Heritage site in 1997. Mount Kenya; being the second highest peak in Africa, is a tourist destination site due to its graphic scenes, the impressive landscape, serene environment, and significant wildlife in the Reserve. Mount Kenya is also considered a holy mountain by the traditional communities, mainly the Kikuyu and Ameru who live on the foothills.

How to Get There

By road: all roads going to the Mount Kenya region are smooth, allowing you to enjoy the breathtaking places as you trans vice different counties. Mount Kenya National Park is 175km from the capital of Nairobi. One can access the Park via Nanyuki- Isiolo road. If not, there is also another common entrance, which is 150km north of Nairobi through Embu-Meru road. Visitors are advised to use 4×4 cars as they are easier to maneuver the terrains of the mountain.

By air: there is no airstrip in Mount Kenya National Park, but visitors can use the Nanyuki airstrip which is closer to the Park.

What to Expect

Wildlife: Mount Kenya is home to many African animals, which include elephants, buffalo, colobus, different kind of monkeys, cape buffalo, antelope, and the big giant forest hogs which inhabit the forest.

Birds: The National Park is home to different birds such as the huge eagles and the colorful sunbirds.

Climate and weather: a thick and dense forest surrounds Mount Kenya National park. The woods make it a unique cooler place for hiking and safari tours. Most of the time, the National Park is cloudy, and it may be seen as drizzly. However, its rainfall is moderate, and the sunny seasons are from March to December.

Mount Kenya: being a National Heritage, the Reserve is frequently visited by a high number of tourists who make it a famous tourist destination hub. It is above 8000 feet, with area temperatures falling very low, and snow forming at the peak.


Accommodation around the National Park offers all kind of packages from medium hotel to modern luxuries gateways. There are many rental camping sites inside the National Park. Rangers are very friendly and can help you book a tent if you are looking to camp in a tent.  After a long day exploring the Mount Kenya National Park visitors get to check-in at the Serena Mountain. It is breathtaking due to the beautiful sites of the mountain and wildlife.

Why Is the Park Famous?

  • It is home to the second highest Mountain in Africa, making it a great tourist destination
  • The vast vegetation attracting different species of birds and wildlife
  • It is home to some of the big five
  • Mount Kenya National park is a stratovolcano site and tourists visit it a lot.
  • The National Park is a water catchment area, and feeds people from near and as far as the Nairobi capital.

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