Mount Kenya National Park

Mount Kenya National Park was recognised in 1949 to safeguard Mount Kenya, the wildlife and adjoining environment which provides a home to the wild animal’s habitat as together with water catchment area that supplies Kenya’s water.

Background.

Mount Kenya was originally forest reserve before it was established as a national park. Presently the national park is within the forest reserve which encloses it. Around April in 1978 the area was nominated by UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The national park and the forest reserve pooled together and were transformed under UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

The Kenya Government had four major reasons for making mount Kenya a national park.one of the major reasons was to improve tourism in Kenya to both international tourists and  for the local ,Kenyan  national economies, to preserve an area  and improve its scenic beauty, to conserve the biodiversity within the park, and to preserve the water catchment for the surrounding area.

Mount Kenya is covering a land surface of 715 square kilometres (276 sq. mi), most of which is above the 3,000-metre (9,800 ft.) contour line. The forest reserve has an area of 705 square kilometres (272 sq. mi). Combined this makes the area of the UNESCO World Heritage Site 1,420 square kilometres (548 sq. mi).

Mount Kenya is the second tallest mountain in Africa. Climbing to 5,199 meters, the scenery surrounding this nominated World Heritage Site is breath-taking. The park is comprised of untouched wasteland with lakes, tarns, glaciers, dense forest, mineral springs and a variety of endangered species of animals, high elevation modified plains game and unique montane and alpine vegetation. Tourists can enjoy mountain climbing, camping and caving with the mountain’s rugged glacier-clad peaks providing the perfect backdrop.

A slight percentage of the national park’s borders nearby dense populations have electrified fences to keep the elephants out of the surrounding farmland.  Volcanic sediment in the neighbouring area’s soil and the vast volume of fresh water coming down the slopes makes the area predominantly favourably.                                                                                           Attractions

Mount Kenya is comprises of Untouched wilderness, lakes, glaciers and peaks of great beauty, tarns, mineral springs ,geological variety, forest, , rare and  different rare species of animals, High altitude that are  modified with  plains game, Unique montane and mountainous vegetation together with different  11 species of endemic plants.

How to get there.

Mount Kenya national park can be accessed by both road or by Air.

By Road.

Mount Kenya national park is located just 175 kilometres from Nairobi. The park cab be reached by road by using Nnyuki-Isiolo road through Sirimon Track or Nyeri-Nanyuki road which is located just near Naro Moru.

The national park cab also be reached by using Chogoria on the Embu –Meru road which is located just 150 kilometres north of Nairobi.

Mountain climbing routes without an official gate include:

  • Kamweti
  • Marania
  • Burguret
  • Themwe

By Air.

The closest commercial airstrip to Mount Kenya national park is at Nanyuki

ACTIVITIES.

Cave exploration.

Game viewing.

Camping.

Mountain Climbing.

Come touch the sky”