Mount Kenya National park

Mount Kenya National park

“Come touch the sky” Climbing to 5,199 meters, Mount Kenya is the second tallest mountain in Africa The scenery surrounding this designated World Heritage Site is breath-taking. It is a pristine wilderness with lakes, tarns, glaciers, dense forest, mineral springs, and a selection of rare and endangered species of animals, high altitude adapted plains game, and unique montane and alpine vegetation. Visitors can enjoy mountain climbing, camping, and caving with the mountain’s rugged glacier-clad peaks providing the perfect backdrop.

Mount Kenya National Park is located in central Kenya. Mt Kenya is the second-highest mountain in Africa, after Mt Kilimanjaro. Its elevation is 5,200 meters, or 17,060 feet. Despite its smaller size, Mt. Kenya is far less popular than Mount Kilimanjaro for climbers. This is partly due to the fact that it is far more technical of a climb, which does not allow for the ‘average’ visitor to submit it. As a result, many companies have stopped offering treks and have focused more on safaris, with most combining a trip to Mt. Kenya National Park with trips to other parks such as Amboseli and Masai mara Located northeast of Nairobi, Mount Kenya National Park is easily accessible for those seeking a quick one- or two-day safari.

Mount Kenya has a rich montane avifauna. The park has six of the eight Kenya Mountains Endemic Bird Area and 54 of the 70 Afrotropical Highlands biome species that occur in Kenya. Mountain Kenya area has records of globally and regionally threatened species, some with no recent records. They include Abbott’s Starling, Lesser Kestrel (a passage migrant on the moorland), Jackson’s widowbird (at up to 3,000 m), Sharpe’s Longclaw, Olive Ibis, Lammergeier, Ayres’s hawk-eagle, African Crowned Eagle, African Grass Owl, Cape Eagle-Owl, Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike, Long-tailed Widowbird, Abyssinian Owl (very rare and poorly researched), Scarlet-tufted Sunbird, and Kenrick’s Starling which is confined to this area in Kenya.

Most of the park is located above 3,000 meters, or 9,800 feet, making it malaria-free, but also making it cooler than surrounding areas. Those seeking the big five won’t find them all here, but they will be almost guaranteed to see an elephant—one of the big five. Sightings of leopards and rhinos are extremely rare and Mount Kenya is not advised as a safari destination for those whose must-sees include these animals. In addition to the elephant, other animals that are often spotted include white-tailed mongoose, suni, black-fronted duiker, mole rat, bushbucks, waterbuck, and elands.

Size of Mount Kenya national park

The national park has an area of 715 square kilometers (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 kilometers (272 sq mi).

Location of Mount Kenya national park

Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199 meters or 17,057 feet), Nelion (5,188 m or 17,021 ft), and Point Lenana (4,985 m or 16,355 ft). Mount Kenya is located in the former Eastern and Central provinces of Kenya

How to get to Mount Kenya national park

Roads: 175 Kms from Nairobi, the park can be reached on Nanyuki-Isiolo road via Sirimon Track or Nyeri-Nanyuki road near Naro Moru. The park is also reachable via Chogoria on the Embu – Meru road, about 150km north of Nairobi.

Airstrips: The closest commercial airstrip to the park is at Nanyuki

Things to do in Mount Kenya national park

When to visit Mount Kenya National Park

Temperatures at Mount Kenya are cooler than throughout most of the country. The climate is subtropical or temperate. The rainy season runs from March to May and from October to December when it is drizzly and cloudy. Rainfall is moderate on the lower slopes and heavier higher up. The sunniest months are from December through March.

Where to stay in Mount Kenya National park

  • Hotel Fairmont Mount Kenya safari club.
  • Serena Mountain Lodge.
  • Naro Moru River Lodge.
  • met station Bandas.


Climbing to mount  Kenya’s Lenana peak
Game Viewing in Mount Kenya national park
Visit the caves in Mount Kenya national park
Camping safaris in Mount Kenya national park
Birding safaris in Mount Kenya national park


How to get to Mount Kenya national park


5 Days Mount Kenya climbing via Sirimon Route
5 Days Mount Kenya climb via Sirimon-Naro moru Route
6 Days Mount Kenya climb via Chogoria-Naro Moru Route


Best time to visit Mount Kenya national park


Serena Mountain Lodge
Hotel Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club


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