Vacations to Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya
With the breathtaking form of Mount Kenya at its center, Mount Kenya National Park offers intrepid visitors first-hand experience of wild Africa. Having been an official national park for almost 70 years, this area of natural beauty is teeming with an array of exotic wildlife. Visitors are often enthralled and surprised by the diverse landscape of the park, which features mountain glaciers, dense forest and lakes, as well as high altitude plains in the shadow of Mount Kenya.
Boasting a dramatic landscape and rich biodiversity, most visitors come to explore the park on safari. As it lies within the migration route of the African elephant population, these majestic creatures are a common spot, while those with a keen eye could be rewarded with sightings of other mammals including the tree hyrax, white-tailed mongoose, Cape buffalo, elands or even the bongo – a rare species of forest antelope.
Mount Kenya holds historical significance for the Kikuyu tribespeople, as it's is said to be the 'throne on earth' of their god Ngai, and a hike up into the African sky is sure to offer intrepid travelers incredible views that will not be soon forgotten. The third highest peak of Mount Kenya, Point Lenana, which reaches a lofty 4,985m can be reached on guided hikes, while the top two peaks which rise as high as 5,199m require mountaineering experience.
Discover the area's complex history with a trip to the Mau Mau caves located at the foothills of Mount Kenya. Accessible across a swaying bridge, the caves were formed from volcanic activity millions of years ago, and were more recently used as a military base.
Mount Kenya National Park makes a great all-year-round destination, though if you plan to ascend the mountain, the ideal months to go are between mid-January and the end of February, or August and the end of September.