Mount Kenya National Park


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Mt. Kenya National Park is the place!

Written on: September 04, 2013   |   I visited in October 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 gate, I realized entry is by cash only; they don't accept cards.
The two day stay here was one filled with wonder and fun. The first day we had game drives after pitching our tents at Solo and Major campsite. The park is a haven of most of the big wildlife like the white tailed buffalo, elephants, olive baboon, leopards, bongos and rhinos. We also learnt from our tour guide that it houses some of the world's endangered species of animals like the albino zebra. We were back in the camp in the evening and it was getting pretty cold! The campfire did all the magic.
The following day was a mountain climbing day. I was not sure whether I would manage as I had never climbed anything beyond a hill! Now the climbing of the 2nd largest mountain in Africa stared me in the face. The whole expedition began by 6 a.m., where we drove to the foot of the mountain. Gears on and we begun the climb. The scenery was beautiful with occasional lakes, tarns, natural springs and glaciers visible from all directions. A few downland wildlife has adapted itself to this biting cold! Later in the afternoon, we had not reached the peak yet but we decided to get back after we all had climbed the mountain. Getting back to the van was such a relief. My feet muscles felt sore and I would only sympathize with Njoroge, our designated driver, whom we were with up the mountain. It was a perfect weekend getaway and I wouldn't resist getting back there!
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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
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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.
Try get to point Lenana ..you will understand why I am saying this read more
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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 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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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 10, 2013   |   Visited: Sep 2010.
Mount Kenya National Park can be extremely challenging but well worth it if you have the time and want to have the opportunity to walk (loads!) rather than ride in a safari vehicle for your entire time in Kenya. Although the mountain looks rather sedate at ground level, you should not be fooled in thinking this to be a walk in the park as many people succumb to al... read more

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Jackal
Impala
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