Kenya's increasingly irresistible tourism CV to holidaymakers on group tours has been further bolstered with new UNESCO World Heritage Site recognition.
Mount Kenya-Lewa Wildlife conservancy has been inscribed as an extension added to Mount Kenya Natural Park/Natural Forest.
The heritage site honour acts like a kitemark to tourists as well as conserving sites of outstanding or natural importance to humanity.
The area added to the Mount Kenya Natural Park comprises almost 20,000 hectares and a buffer zone over three times as large.
The conservancy sits between the Tropical Montane ecosystem and the semi-arid savannah grasslands.
Its new honour completes the preservation of the ecological and biological processes at the Mount Kenya Natural Park, which was itself inscribed in 1997.
The extension is a must for elephant fans on safari-based specialist tours.
It rests within the time-honoured migrating route of the African elephant population of the Mount Kenya Natural Park, world renowned as the location of Africa's second highest summit, Mount Kenya, which towers 5,199 metres (17,057ft) above the sea.
The extinct volcano includes 12 glaciers that are receding rapidly, and four secondary peaks overlooking U-shaped glacial valleys.
Mount Kenya is one of East Africa's most magnificent landscapes with its rugged glacier-clad peaks and forested middle slopes.
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