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Mount Kenya National Park was established in 1949 to protect the region surrounding Mount Kenya. Initially it was a forest reserve then later changed to a National Park.

The Park is within the forest reserve. In April 1978 the area was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The park and the forest reserve, combined, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. They occupy an area of 2,800 square kilometers, most of which is above the 3,000 meters contour line.

The park can be reached via Nanyuki-Isiolo road or Nyeri-Nanyuki road near Naro Moru. It is also reachable via Chogoria on the Embu – Meru road.

The closest commercial airstrip to the park is Nanyuki Airport (NYK).

The park has 6 gates

  • Naro Moru
  • Sirimon
  • Chogoria
  • Mawingu
  • Kamweti
  • Kihari

Mount Kenya National Park Major Attractions

At 5,199 m high, Mount Kenya - At 5,199 m high it is Africa’s second highest mountain after Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 m) in Tanzania. The mountain offers superb scenic beauty. Its highest peaks are Batian (5,199 m), Nelion (5,188 m) and Point Lenana (4,985 m).

The climate, flora and fauna on Mount Kenya changes as you keep climbing the mountain. Attractions include pristine wilderness, tarns, peaks of great beauty, geological variety glaciers, lakes, great beauty,forest, mineral springs, falls, rare and endangered species of wild animals, high altitude adapted plains game, unique alpine and montane vegetation with different species of endemic plants.

More than 130 species of birds have been recorded, including sunbirds, alpine chats, starlings, olive pigeons, giant kingfishers, red-fronted parrots, Lammergeiers, Augur Buzzards and Verreaux’s Eagles.

Wild animals that can be seen include elephant, Black and White Colobus monkey, Sykes monkey, Olive Baboon, buffalo, bushbuck, waterbuck, eland, black rhino, black fronted duiker, leopard, giant forest hog, genet cat, bush pig, mole rats, tree hyrax, porcupine, white tailed mongoose and hyena. More rare bong o antelope is also found in Mt. Kenya.

A number of other rare or endangered species can be found here such as the Sunni Buck, Mount Kenya Mole Shrew, skinks (lizard), and a variety of owls. Occasional sightings have been recorded of albino zebra.