Mount Kenya National Park


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Giant Groundsel with Mt. Kenya in the background
Giant Groundsel with Mt. Kenya in the background
About Mount Kenya National Park
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Parks total area:
715 km² (275 mi²)
Year established:
1949
Anti-malarial:
Not required
Park wildlife:
  • Home to the second-highest mountain in Africa.
  • Cave exploring opportunities exist.
  • The option to climb Point Lenana, the easiest of Mount Kenya’s three peaks.

Eponymously named for the mountain it houses, Mount Kenya National Park is located in central Kenya. Mt Kenya is the second-highest mountain in Africa, after Mt Kilimanjaro. Its elevation is 5,200 meters, or 17,060 feet. Despite its smaller size, Mt. Kenya is far less popular than Mt. Kilimanjaro for climbers. This is partly due to the fact that it is far more technical of a climb, which does not allow for the 'average' visitor to summit it. As a result, many companies have stopped offering treks and have focused more on safaris, with most combining a trip to Mt. Kenya National Park with trips to other parks such as Amboseli and Masa Mara.  Located northeast of Nairobi, Mount Kenya National Park is easily accessible for those seeking a quick one- or two-day safari.

Wildlife of Mount Kenya National Park

Most of the park is located above 3,000 meters, or 9,800 feet, making it malaria-free, but also making it cooler than surrounding areas. Those seeking the big five won’t find them all here, but they will be almost guaranteed to see an elephant—one of the big five. Sightings of leopards and rhinos are extremely rare and Mount Kenya is not advised as a safari destination for those whose must-sees include these animals. In addition to the elephant, other animals that are often spotted include:  white tailed mongoose, suni, black fronted duiker, mole rat, bushbucks, water buck and elands.

When is the best time to visit Mount Kenya National Park?

Temperatures at Mount Kenya National Park are cooler than throughout most of the country. The climate is subtropical or temperate. The rainy season runs from March to May and from October to December, when it is drizzly and cloudy. Rainfall is moderate on the lower slopes and heavier higher up. The sunniest months are from December through March.

 

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(4/5 stars) Written on: Jun 26, 2015   |   Visited: Feb 2015.
Mount Kenya has major attractions which include: lakes, tarns, glaciers and mountain peakss. Its plains are at a high altitude. Here you can see elephants, tree hyrax, white tailed mongoose, suni, black fronted duiker, mole rat, bushbucks, water buck and elands. Animals rarely seen include leopard, bongo, giant forest hog and rhino, and over 130 species of birds. read more

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Elephant
Hyena
Mongoose
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 23, 2015   |   Visited: Nov 2014.
One of the MUST-do things on your bucket list should include climbing Mt Kenya.
Why? No marked trail, serene natural trail with breathtaking views both during the cold and hot seasons. The challenge, should you choose to accept it, will leave you a better person than you were.
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 20, 2014   |   Visited: Sep 2011.
Mt. Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya which is unique as it has snow-capped peak despite being in the equator. Mount National Park offers a range of flora which differs as along the mountain.

I was happy to see the rare eland and bongo. Mount Kenya National Park offers its visitors a range of activities that will keep you entertained and occupied. I got to... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Oct 27, 2013   |   Visited: Nov 2004.
When one views the popular Mount Kenya National Park there is no doubt that the person is checking out the second highest peak in Africa. It is an ancient extinct volcano. There are 12 glaciers on the mountain all receding rapidly and 4 secondary peaks that balance well at the U-shaped valleys.

With its rugged glacier-clad summits and forested middle slopes, Mo... read more

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Zebra
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Oct 22, 2013   |   Visited: Feb 2012.
Approximately 130 km north of Nairobi, the horizon is dotted with lush farmlands of coffee and horticulture produce. We are headed towards Mt. Kenya National Park that is located in the region surrounding Kenya’s highest mountain, Mt. Kenya. From Nairobi to Mt. Kenya National Park, we go through the Kenyan central highlands. We enter the national park through the N... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Sep 04, 2013   |   Visited: Oct 2012.
When my friends from the U.S came around, they wanted a mixed experience of game watching, camping and mountain climbing all in one package. Mt. Kenya National Park just presented the perfect match to our need. Our budget was somehow tight too as we were all students. We had a hired van from Nairobi, 175 KM away. We accessed the park via Nanyuki route and at the ga... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Sep 02, 2013   |   Visited: Dec 2012.
As a Kenyan, I believe in the promotion of domestic tourism. I make it a habit of visiting a park every year to enjoy nature and have fun. Having visited more than 10 parks in the country, I believe that my mount Kenya national park was the best. I first visited the park when I was 10 years old. I have for years gone back and forth to the park. The serenity of the ... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Aug 27, 2013   |   Visited: May 2013.
With the climate, flora and fauna varying in altitude, I enjoyed some of the major attractions in Mount Kenya National Park including the beautiful glaciers, beautiful peaks, lakes, and the pristine wilderness among many other features. The park is among the places that I got to enjoy during my park visits as it was made clear to me by our tour guide that I could v... read more
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(1/5 stars) Written on: May 21, 2013   |   Visited: Apr 2013.
The Mount Kenya national park was our fourth safari so far. Located in the beautiful country Kenya the park is named after one of Africa’s second highest mountain. After our last safari, also in Kenya, we had been staying in the capital city, Nairobi, and a fascinating day trip out of the city to the Mount Kenya park was perfect. A long 65kms and a couple hours d... read more

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African buffalo
Baboon
Impala
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(5/5 stars) Written on: May 11, 2013   |   Visited: Aug 2012.
A visit to Mount Kenya provides the opportunity to combine a variety of outdoor activities. You can choose to go for game viewing, cave exploration, mountain climbing or just a mountain walk.

Approaching the game park from the Naromoru road on the Laikipia plateau, one cannot help but notice the sharp change in temperature. From the sometimes-excessive heat of t... read more
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Safari suitability: 5 / 10
The park does not have all of the big five and is small in size. Its proximity to Nairobi make it ideal for short safaris.
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