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Mount Kenya – Africa’s second highest mountain- 5,199m. It offers easy but challenging ascents with scenic and spectacular beauty. The Name comes from Kere Nyaga, a Kikuyu name for Mount Kenya, meaning Mountain of Brightness – Ngai’s official home.
It provides great fascination flora and fauna. The lower slopes is covered with dry upland forest, with True Mountain which begins at 2,000m; at 2,500m is dense belt of bamboo forest which merges with high altitude moss.
It is host to many different animals and plants like Black and White Colobus and Sykes Monkeys, bushbuck, buffalo, elephant and lower down Olive Baboon, waterbuck, black rhino, black fronted duikers, leopard, giant forest hog, genet cat, bush pig and hyena and rare elusive bongo, other rare or endangered species like Sunni Buck, Mount Kenya Mole Shrew, Skinks (lizard), and a variety of owls can be also be seen here including albino zebra.
High altitude heath tops 3,000 – 3,500m which is generally open and dotted with shrubs: African Sage, protea and helicrysum. The peak above 3,500m is moorland, with little game other than high altitude zebra and eland.
Accommodation is limited.
175 kms from Nairobi, the park can be reached along 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. The closest commercial airstrip to the park is at Nanyuki.