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Mount Kenya National Park, Nairobi

Mount Kenya National Park Overview

Mt. Kenya is a magnificent died out volcano dominating the landscape of the Kenyan Highlands, East of the Rift. Mount. Kenya lies about 140 km North, North-East of Nairobi with its Northern flanks across the Equator. The mountain has two main peaks - Batian (5200m) and Nelion (5188m). The mountains slopes are shrouded in forest, bamboo, scrub and moorland giving way on the high central peaks to rock, ice and snow. Access: Mout Kenya national park is 175 kilometers from Nairobi, the park can be reached by road on Nanyuki-Isiolo road via Sirimon Track or Nyeri-Nanyuki road near Naro Moru. The park is also accessible through Chogoria on the Embu - Meru road, about 150km north of Nairobi. The park can also be accessed by air through the closest commercial airstrip to the park is at Nanyuki. Attraction: The park has a variety of habitats ranging from higher forest, bamboo, alpine moorlands, glaciers, tarns and glacial morains. The park, which was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1997 and is also a Biosphere Reserve, covers 715 km2, and includes the Peaks consisting of all the ground above 3200m with two small salients extending lower down to 2450m along the Sirimon and Naro Moru tracks. Surrounding the park is Mount Kenya National Reserve with an area of approximately 2095 km2. Major attractions include Pristine wilderness, lakes, tarns, glaciers and peaks of great beauty, geological variety, forest, mineral springs, rare and endangered species of animals, High altitude adapted plains game, Unique montane and alpine vegetation with 11 species of endemic plants. Accommodation: There are both luxurious and medium types of accommodation. The huts include; Liki North Hut; Minto's Hut; Austrian Hut; Mackinders Hut (managed by Naro Moru Lodge); Judmare Hut; Shiptons Hut (managed by Mountain Rock Hotel). There are also bandas: Sirimon Bandas, Warden's Cottage. The lodges include: Mountain Lodge (Serena Hotels); Rutundu Fishes Lodge (book through Lets Go Travel). Tourist

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