Area: 715 square kilometers
By Road: 3 hours from Nairobi
By Air: Nearest Airstrip with scheduled flights is Nanyuki
Daily flights Nairobi/Nanyuki/Nairobi
At 5199m high, Mount Kenya is 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 god that resides here. Part of
the mountain's fascination is the variation in flora and
fauna as the altitude changes. The lower slopes are covered
with dry upland forest, the true montane (mountain) forest
begins at 2000m is mainly cedar and podo.
At 2500m begins a belt of bamboo forest which merges into
the upper forest of smaller trees, interspersed with glades.
The high altitude heath at the top (3000-3500m) is generally
open, dotted with shrubs, African sage, protea and
helicrysum. Animals found here are Sunni buck, Mount Kenya
mole, shrew, skinks (lizard) and variety of owls. Occasional
sightings have been recorded of albino zebra.
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