(Distance from Nairobi:175kms. Time 21/2 hours)
Mount Kenya (5,199 m) is the second highest mountain in Africa after Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Mount Kenya National park was established in 1949 to protect the mountain forests and bamboo thickets with their varied wildlife, the alpine moorlands, and the glaciers. The park includes all the mountain area above the tree line.
Mount Kenya National Park offers game viewing , mountain climbing, and beautiful scenery with interesting variations of flora and fauna at different altitudes. Wildlife found in this Game Park include Buffalos, elephants, Rhinos, Leopards, Primates and many species of Antelope. Sightings of Albino zebras have been recorded in this sanctuary.
One interesting establishment close but outside the Game Park is the world renowned Mount Kenya Safari Club whose attractions include a game breeding ranch and the William Holden Wildlife Educationalist centre.
About 95 km to the West of Mount Kenya lies the Aberdares ranges which form part of Aberdares National Park. The Park was set up for protection and preservation of he indigenous forests as a water catchments area, the prolific wildlife, the moorlands, and for mountain climbing adventures.
The most common wildlife in Abredares National Park include the Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard, Giant Forest Hog, Spotted Hyaena, Eland, and Bush Duiker. The rare and Beautiful forest antelope, the Bongo, inhabits the higher bamboo zone.
The Aberdares’ two famous lodges-The Ark and the Treetops-are specifically designed to enable the residents view the animas after dark. Both offer floodlit saltlick and ponds that can be observed from some secure areas in the lodges.
- It was while a guest at the Treetops that Queen Elizabeth II of England ascended to British throne.
- It is also at the nearby town of Nyeri the lie the remains of Lord Baden Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts movement.