Mount Kenya National Park

Travel to Mount Kenya National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site to the east of the Great Rift Valley and the second highest mountain in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro. Established in 1949 to protect Mount Kenya, the wildlife and surrounding environment. Explore this ancient extinct volcano with its rugged ice-capped summits, Afro-alpine moorlands and diverse forests that illustrate extraordinary ecological processes.


The mountain peaks at a high 5 200m, looming over the region including the incredible Meru National Park. Make the effort to climb the mountain. Choose from 7 hiking routes up the 3-peaked Mount Kenya – most people climb up to Point Lenana, the third highest peak at 4985m. If you are an experienced climber with technical climbing abilities then the other 2 peaks are for you.


Get to there from Nairobi, about 175km (108 miles) away. Experience an unforgettable safari in the 2 800km2 true wilderness. Take a drive through the tropical forest surrounding the mountain, home to buffalo, elephant, rhino, monkeys and exotic birds. Further upland, look out for loads of rare flora such as Rosette plants.


Enjoy being in a park that is surrounded by a forest reserve.Notice the constantly changing flora as the altitude increases. The lower slopes are covered with dry upland forest. At 2,000m the real mountain forest begins, with mainly cedar and podo trees. At 2,500m find a dense belt of bamboo forest merging into the upper verdant forest.

The Park is open all year round. The best time to visit is December to March, the sunniest months. March to May are sometimes cloudy and rainy, and from October to early December there is drizzle, which may restrict clear views.