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Mt Kenya National Park

  • Mt Kenya National Park

    Elephants at waterhole Photo by Serena Hotels

Overview

The Mount Kenya National Park is one of the most impressive landscapes in Eastern Africa, with its rugged glacier-clad summits, afro-alpine moorlands and diverse forests.

 

Kirinyaga, Kenya

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Description

Mt Kenya is one of the world's highest National Parks, and is an extinct volcano some three-and-a-half million-years-old. Straddling the equator, the mountain offers a unique mosaic of forest, moorland, rock and ice, and is crowned by the glittering twin peaks of Batian at 5,199 m and Nelion at 5,188 m. Mount Kenya is Kenya's highest mountain, a national icon, a climbers' Mecca,  a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and a wildlife stronghold.

The wildlife in the park includes the giant forest hog, tree hyrax, white-tailed mongoose, elephant, black rhino, suni, black-fronted duiker, Mount Kenya mouse shrew, hyrax, duiker, the endemic mole-rat, over 130 recorded species of bird.

The forests are also home to one of Kenya's rarest creatures, the elusive bongo, a massive forest antelope with a rich red-brown coat banded with white stripes, which is now teetering on the brink of survival. Weighing upto 450 kg, the massive bongo is the largest and rarest of Kenya's antelopes. It is wholly endemic and restricted to the Kenyan highlands.

Leopards are also common in the forests, while lions and serval cats are infrequent visitors.