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Mount Kenya Introduction

Mount Kenya is Kenya's highest mountain and Africa's second highest. The stratovolcano was created approximately 3 million years after the opening of the East African rift. Before glaciations, it was 7,000 m (23,000 ft) high.

It was covered by an ice cap for thoNairobi nds of years. This has resulted in much eroded slopes and numerous valleys radiating from the centre. There are currently 11 small glaciers. The forested slopes are an important source of water for much of Kenya.

There are several vegetation bands from the base to the summit. The lower slopes are covered by different types of forest. Many alpine species are endemic to Mount Kenya, such as the giant lobelias and senecios and a local subspecies of rock hyrax An area of 715 km2 (276 sq mi) around the centre of the mountain was designated a National Park and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

The park receives over 16,000 visitors per year. Mount Kenya National Park, established in 1949, protects the region surrounding the mountain.

Currently the national park is within the forest reserve which encircles it. In April 1978 the area was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The national park and the forest reserve, combined, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

The Government of Kenya had four reasons for creating a national park on and around Mount Kenya.

These were the importance of tourism for the local and national economies, to preserve an area of great scenic beauty, to conserve the biodiversity within the park, and to preserve the water catchment for the surrounding area.

 

Mt Kenya, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Climbing Tips and FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)
When can I climb Mt Kilimanjaro/Kenya?
January, February and September are the best months to climb, since they are the warmest months and almost clear of clouds........read more

 

4 Days Climbing Mount Kenya - Naro - Moru Route - Sirimon Gate-

Day 1
Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi, you will be met by Sure Connections Safaris (K) Ltd. representative and drive from Nairobi through the Kikuyu land to Naro Moru park gate........read more

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