Mount Kenya National Park
The Mt. Kenya National Park is all that piece of land seating pretty at 3200m above
sea level and 140 km from Kenya’s
capital Nairobi . It has two small salient areas stretching below 2450m
along the Sirimon and Naro Moru tracks, flanked by the higher forest bamboo, alpine
moorland and glaciers (tarns and moraines). The Mt Kenya National Park fuels its
visitors enthusiasm and zest due to its
unique geography , the wide range of animals, the scenic architectural landscape
and the hot and wet climate. Accorded recognition amongst world heritage sites by
UNESCO and venerated as one of the
international biosphere zones in the world, the Park covers an area of 715km2.The
name ‘Mount Kenya’ is actually adopted from the legendary snow capped Mt. Kenya
(5119m), entrenched in the park. This is the second largest mountain in Africa and
one that would make many a mountaineer awed and intimidated by its steep peaks.
Positioned at only 140kms north east of Nairobi, the Mt. Kenya national park straddles the equator on the northern
frontier. The mountain slopes of forest bamboo, shrub and moorland on the high central
rock spiked with snow make the park an important water catchment area for River
Tana and Ewaso Nyiro.
Best time to Visit
January to March brings hot and dry conditions, which might be the perfect time
to visit the park. The September /October period is also dry but conveniently warm
with freezing low temperatures at night.
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