Mount Kenya National Park consists mainly of the three peaks of Mount Kenya. This gives it a different landscape than the other national parks, but the African animals are still evident, including African elephants, monkeys and a host of birds.
The park was created to encourage tourism, to preserve the area’s natural, outstanding beauty, and to conserve the animal habitat and protect it as a water catchment area. Mount Kenya National Park is located between Kenya’s other safari parks – Aberdare, Samburu and Meru National Park.
Of Mount Kenya’s three main peaks, only Point Lenana can be climbed by amateurs on a mountain climbing safari. The other two peaks require full mountaineering skills and technical equipment.
The mountain supports rain forest, with thick clumps of bamboo growing above the forest. Higher up the slopes, it becomes moorland with heather and lobelia. A tarmac road runs around the base of Mount Kenya and there are several towns situated along the road, including Naro Moru, Nanyuki and Meru.
African animals, including elephants, buffalo, Colobus and other monkeys, Cape buffalo, antelope and giant forest hogs, inhabit the lower forests. They are contained within the national park by electrified fences. The birdlife is also very prolific, including huge eagles and colourful sun birds. A spotter’s guide may be useful for identifying the animals and birds.
Attractions – what to see and do in Mount Kenya National Park
Take a game safari through the pristine wilderness and see the magnificent lakes, glaciers and peaks.
View the African animals, endangered species and unique mountain vegetation.
Mountain climbing – climb Point Lenana, if you are reasonably fit, and enjoy the views.
Bird watching is very rewarding as there are many prolific species including the multi – coloured sun birds and huge eagles.
Best time to visit Mount Kenya National Park
December to March is the sunniest months and perhaps the best time to visit. There are some cloudy periods and rain from March to May, and drizzle from October to early December which may restrict clear views. Mount Kenya National Park is open all year round.
Accommodation in Mount Kenya National Park.
There are many huts available to rent. Lodges in Mount Kenya include Serena Mountain Lodge with splendid views of Mount Kenya. Also, straddling the equator is a group of luxurious cottages and elegant buildings.
Surrounded by pristine, manicured lawns and decorated ponds is the exclusive Mount Kenya Safari Club, a great lodge to stay in. Another great lodge is the Rotundu Fishes Lodge.