Mt. Kenya National Park

Mt. Kenya National Park

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. The park boasts 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. A safari expedition to Mt. Kenya enjoys mountain climbing, camping and caving with rugged glacier-clad peaks providing the perfect backdrop. Mount Kenya National Park was established in 1949 to protect Mount Kenya and the surrounding environment which forms the wild animal's habitat as well as act as a water catchment area that supplies Kenya's water. The national park has an area of 276 square miles, most of which is above the 9,800 ft contour line. The forest reserve has an additional area of 272 square miles which combined create this UNESCO World Heritage site. Mt. Kenya National Park

In the lower forest and bamboo zones, mammals include giant forest hog, tree hyrax, white-tailed mongoose, elephant, black rhinoceros, suni, black-fronted duiker and leopard. Moorland mammals include the localized Mount Kenya mouse shrew, hyrax and common duiker. The endemic mole-rat is common throughout the northern slopes and the Hinder Valley at elevations up to 4,000 m. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve enhance the species diversity within the property including being home to the largest resident population of Grevys’ Zebra in the world. An impressive array of birdlife inhabit the area as well including green ibis, Ayres hawk eagle, Abyssinian long-eared owl, scaly francolin, Rüppell's robin-chat, numerous sunbirds, the locally threatened scarce swift, and near endemic alpine swift.


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