Mount Kenya and Mount Kenya Forest, Kenya Destinations

Mount Kenya and Mount Kenya Forest, Kenya Destinations 

 Mt Kenya, 5199 meters in height is Africa’s second highest mountain peak after Kilimanjaro is regarded as the realm of Ngai, god of the local Kikuyu people. Traditionally, all Kikuyu homes were built to face this sacred peak. They call it Kirinyaga, or place of light.

Mount Kenya is located in central Kenya, just south of the equator, around 150 kilometers (93 mi) north-northeast of the capital Nairobi. Mount Kenya is the source of 'Kenya' the name of the Republic of Kenya.

The mountain itself is an awe-inspiring sight with its ragged peaks, and equatorial snow. But the Mountain is surrounded by a belt of verdant forest that is an equally fascinating destination.

The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199 meters (17,057 ft)), Nelion (5,188 meters (17,021 ft)) and Point Lenana (4,985 meters (16,355 ft)). While the 5199 meter summit is a difficult technical climb, the lesser peak of Point Lenana (4985m) can be easily reached by any fit trekker. This trek takes between 3 and 5 days, through a fascinating world of forests, wildlife, and unique mountain vegetation including podocarpus and grounsel, and finally one of the world’s rarest sights, equatorial snow. The alpine species endemic to Mount Kenya include the giant lobelias and senecios and a local subspecies of rock hyrax

For those who don’t want to climb the Mountain the cool highlands that surround its base are well worth a visit. The forests are ideal for game viewing, and there are crystal clear mountain streams and lakes that are the perfect place to land a Trout.

Why Visit Mount Kenya and Mount Kenya Forest, Kenya.

  • Visit and climb Africa's Second highest mountain peak.
  • Mount Kenya's awe-inspiring sight with its ragged peaks, and equatorial snow.
  • See and touch the equatorial snow found in the Mount Kenya peaks.
  • See and learn about the endemic alpine species found on Mount Kenya.
  • Fish for trout in the crystal waters of the many mountains streams.

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