AT 5,199m high, Mt. Kenya is East Africa’s second highest mountain. It offers easy or challenging ascents with superb scenic beauty.
To the Kikuyu tribes people it is the home of the Supreme being: Ngai, a name also used by the Maasai and Kamba tribes. In traditional prayers and sacrifices, Ngai is addressed by the Kikuyu as Mwene Nyaga, Possessor of Brightness. The names comes from Kere Nyaga the Kikuyu name for Mt. Kenya, meaning Mountain of Brightness – Ngai’s official home.
Part of the mountain’s fascination is the variation in flora, including Giant Groundsel and Lobelia, and fauna as the altitude changes. The lower slopes are covered with dry upland forest, the true montaine (mountain) forest begins at 2,000m is mainly cedar and podo.
At 2,500m begins a dense belt of bamboo forest, which merges into the upperforest of smaller trees, interspersed with glades. In this area the trees are festooned with high altitude lichen. These forest belts are host to many different animals and plants with at least 11 unique species.
Game to view includes: Black and White Colobus and Sykes Monkeys, bushbuck, Rock and rock Hyrax, Greater galago, white tailed, buffalo, elephant and lower down Olive Baboon, waterbuck, Black Rhino, black fronted duikers, leopard, giant forest hog, genet cat, bush pig and hyena. More elusive is the bongo, a rare type of forest antelope
There is only one lodge inside the Park, Seven Climbers Huts and three self-help banda sites. There are more lodges and another self-help banda site just outside the Park. Hotel accommodation can be found in Nanyuki 198km North of Nairobi or in Nyeri 257km North of Nairobi. Also available are mountain expeditions using mules as pack animals organised by mountain safaris firms and Alpine huts for mountaineers booked through the Mountain club of Kenya.