Mt Kenya National Park
- Size: 2,800 sq Kms
- Gazetted as a National park:
- Province: Central, Nanyuki Nyeri District
- Geographical Location: East of the Rift Valley. Mt. Kenya lies about 140 km North, North-East of Nairobi with its Northern flanks across the Equator
- Altitude: 5,199 meters above sea level
- Distance from Nairobi: 180 Kms
Mt. Kenya National Park is located to the east of the Great Rift Valley, about 175km North-East of Nairobi. The ecosystem lies in Central and Eastern provinces of Kenya. At 5,199m the mountain is the second highest peak in Africa. Mt. Kenya is an important water tower in the country. It provides water for about 50% of the country’s population and produces 70% of Kenya’s hydroelectric power.
UNESCO inscribed Mount Kenya as a World Heritage Site. It’s described as one of the most impressive landscapes in Eastern Africa with its rugged glacier-clad summits, Afro-alpine moorlands and diverse forests that illustrate outstanding ecological processes.
How to get there
Roads: 175 Kms from Nairobi, the park can be reached on Nanyuki-Isiolo road via Sirimon Track or Nyeri-Nanyuki road near Naro Moru. The park is also reachable via Chogoria on the Embu - Meru road, about 150km north of Nairobi.
Airstrips: The closest commercial airstrip to the park is at Nanyuki
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
Where to Stay/Accommodations
Inside the park is the Serena Mt Lodge while others surround the park boundary e.g. the up market Mt Kenya Safari Club, Mt Kenya Leisure Lodge, etc. many other forms and levels of accommodation are available in the nearby Nanyuki, Nyeri, Naromoru and Meru towns surrounding the Mountain