Discover The Great Mount Kenya National Park

  • Gazelle Safari Africa

  • Kenya
  • Oct 27, 2022

The second-tallest peak in Africa, Mount Kenya, rises to a height of 5,199 meters. This place is surrounded by breathtaking scenery, making it a World Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful Kenya National Parks.

With lakes, tarns, glaciers, deep woodland, mineral springs, a variety of rare and endangered animal species, high altitude-adapted plains wildlife, and distinctive montane and alpine vegetation, it is a pristine wilderness.

The decision to create this park in 1949 was made for a number of significant reasons. The mountain itself, the animals in the area, and its surroundings all required the safeguards that a park designation would bring. Additionally, the region serves as a significant water catchment for numerous significant river systems in Kenya.

The majestic mountain boasts 7 routes to the top and has been a longtime favorite of climbers. Only the last of Mount Kenya’s three peaks;

  • Point Lenana (4985m/16,354 ft)
  • Batian (5199m/17,057 ft)
  • Nelion (5188m/17,021 ft)

The mentioned peaks can be reached by frequent tourists. The remaining higher summits are still only accessible to highly skilled mountaineers.

It can be difficult to climb at these altitudes, hence it is advised that climbers spend at least 3 nights acclimating in order to avoid altitude sickness.

Visitors who visit the park can engage in outdoor activities including mountain climbing, camping, and caving against the backdrop of the mountain’s craggy peaks covered in glaciers.

Top Features

In regards to wildlife, the park is endowed with species considered for preservation which include elephants, tree hyrax, white-tailed mongoose, suni, black-fronted duiker, mole rat, bushbucks, waterbucks, and elands. Rarely seen animals include the leopard, bongo, and huge forest hog.

About 130 different bird species can be found on Mount Kenya, including indigenous and birds from the tropical highland ecosystem. While hiking, you can observe birds in the park, such as the African crowned eagle, Abyssinian owl, Cape eagle owl, Kernnick’s starling, and others.

Activities To Do


As you go by Mount Kenya’s breathtaking lakes, tarns, glaciers, and summits, you may challenge yourself to an energizing ascent while taking in some of the most breathtaking (and shifting) scenery.

Caving and Camping

Just below the summit, nestled among the snow-capped peaks, is Shipton’s Camp. Climbers can reserve bunks in an alpine hut nearby and spend the night there before attempting the mountain’s summit. Shipton’s Caves, a thrilling location for exploration, are close by.

Highland Castle

At 3700m (12,139 ft) on the Burguret Route, you can scramble up this castle-like rock and enjoy stunning views of the Batian and Nelion peaks.

Best Time To Visit

The two dry seasons, January/February and August/September are when climbing is at its best. The trails are more challenging and visibility is poor during the two rainy seasons.

Guidelines For Visitors

  • It is recommended that every visitor enter the park with a trained and authorized guide. The park administration has issued identification cards to the guides and potters.
  • It is forbidden to bring disposable plastic water bottles into the park.
  • Luggage weighing more than 25kg is not permitted to be carried by guides or potters. At the gate, when someone enters, the bags will be weighed.
  • Visitors to the park must check in and out by entering their personal information in the admission and exit books.

Map Of Kenya National Parks And Reserves

Map of Kenya’s National Parks and Reserves. Source: Adventure alternative


Visit this exquisite Kenya National Park today to quench your need for adventure. with a customized Kenya vacation package from Gazelle Safaris Africa. Discover more about top travel destinations by looking through the Kenya Travel Guide.


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