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About Mount Kenya National Park

Country found in: Kenya
Parks total area: 715 km² (275 mi²)
Year established: 1949
Park wildlife: 17 animals listed
Anti-malarial: Not required

What YAS members think of Mount Kenya National Park

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Most-visited months: February, November, September
Top animal sighting: Elephant

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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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Tour by: Explorer Kenya Tours and Travel

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Tour by: Triumph Travel Kenya

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Tour by: Amazing Memories Safaris

Upon landing at JKIA Airport, you will be met by a uniformed Amazing Memories Safaris and Tours representative w...

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Tour by: Beacon Safaris

8 Days Kenya Highlights Safari

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Tour by: CKC Tours & Travel

In this expedition, you will trek to Point Lenana, the third highest peak on Mount Kenya. It is the second ...

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Tour by: Aramati Safaris

Day 1: Nairobi - Masai Mara Day 2: Masai Mara Day 3-4: Masai Mara Day 5: Lake Naivasha - Lake Nakuru ...

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Tour by: Hallmark Travel Planners

12 Days Kenya Horizon Safari

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Tour by: Ancient Wild Safaris

Nairobi, Amboseli, Mt.Kenya region, L.Nakuru, L.Naivasha/Hell's gate National Park, Masai Mara Game reserve.

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Tour by: Adventure Three Sixty Kenya

4 Days Mt.Kenya Hike Sirmon Route

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Tour by: Mwema Africa Safaris

Explore the finest wildlife spots in Kenya in 12 days

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