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Mount Kenya National Park

Mount Kenya is an imposing extinct volcano dominating the landscape of the Kenyan Highlands. The mountain has two main peaks Batian (5,200 meters) and Nelion (5,188 metres). The mountains slopes are cloaked in forest, bamboo, scrub and moorland giving way on the high central peaks to rock, ice and snow. Mount Kenya is an important water catchment area, supplying the Tana and Northern Ewaso Nyiro systems.

Mount Kenya National Park has varied Vegetation from bamboo forest, scrub and moorland giving way on the high central peaks to rock, ice and snow

Mount Kenya has beautiful tarn lakes like the one seen above
Mount Kenya National Park - Bongo antelope
The rare Bongo Antelope in Mount Kenya National Park

At 5199m high, Mount Kenya is Africa's second highest mountain. It offers easy or challenging ascents with superb scenic beauty. To the Kikuyu tribes people it is the home of the Supreme Being; Ngai, a god that resides here. Part of the mountain's fascination is the variation in flora and fauna as the altitude changes. The lower slopes are covered with dry upland forest, the true mountane (mountain) forest begins at 2000m is mainly cedar and podo.

At 2500m begins a belt of bamboo forest which merges into the upper forest of smaller trees, interspersed with glades. The high altitude heath at the top (3000-3500m) is generally open, dotted with shrubs, African sage, protea and helicrysum. Animals found here are Sunni buck, Mount Kenya mole, shrew, skinks (lizard) and variety of owls. Occasional sightings have been recorded of albino zebra.

Attractions and wildlife in mount Kenya National Park

Wildlife to be spotted in Mount Kenya National park include Giant forest hog, tree hyrax, white-tailed mongoose, elephant, black rhino, suni, black fronted duiker, mole- rat and over 130 species of bird.

Major attractions in Mount Kenya National Park include; Pristine wilderness, lakes, tarns, glaciers and peaks ofgreat beauty, geological variety, forest, mineral springs, rare and endangered species of animals, high altitude adapted plains game. Unique mountane and alpine vegetation with 11species of endemic plants.

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