Man almost at the peak of Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya National Park Safaris

About Mount Kenya National Park

The second highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kenya lies just a few kilometres from the equator yet is heavily glaciated with dramatic crevices. Rising 5,199 metres above sea level and surrounded by breathtaking scenery, Mount Kenya is also one of the world’s largest freestanding volcanic mountains - the volcano is extinct and offers a thrilling adventure for experienced climbers. The scenic snow-capped peaks, magnificent cliffs and glaciers, spectacular waterfalls and valleys, and rolling slopes with thick forest cover provide some of the finest trekking routes in the world.

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The mountain offers easy climbs as well as challenging ascents with stunning vistas for those who complete the challenge, especially from the top at dawn. Only a decent level of fitness is required to reach the peak of Lenana (4985m) at a suitable pace. The highest peaks of Batian (5,199m) and Nelion (5,188m) can only be accessed by experienced mountaineers with local guides. Regardless of which peak you choose to conquer you can enjoy exceptional views of tarns and alpine meadows on its higher slopes and lush rainforest and thickets of bamboo on the lower slopes.

Mount Kenya has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding ecology and forms the centrepiece of the Mount Kenya National Park. This natural wonder has a typical equatorial mountain climate with warm summery days and bitterly cold winter nights. Major wildlife attractions in and around the surrounding area include elephants, leopards, buffalo, Sykes monkeys, albino zebras, antelopes, black and white colobuses, black rhinos, olive baboons, bush pigs and hyenas. That's not to mention the variety of birds that are commonly found here including hyrax and eagles.

Mount Kenya National Park Hotels

If you are planning a Mount Kenya National Park holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Fairmont Mt. Kenya Safari Club Mount Kenya National Park

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

Enjoying magnificent views of the craggy peaks of Mt. Kenya, the luxurious Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club provides guests with comfort, relaxation and adventure. The large guestrooms reflect the history of the original residence with 1950s colonial architectural design. The rooms feature large windows leading onto a private veranda with superb views of the landscaped gardens and decorative ponds. The sophisticated Tusks Restaurant offers elegant dining with an open terrace and the property also features a rejuvenating spa. The hotel is on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya at Nanyuki.

Mountain Lodge - Serena Mount Kenya National Park

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

The open-air viewing-deck looks down on to its own water hole and salt-lick, which attracts numerous herds of elephant and buffalo. Timbered game-viewing decks and winding stairs lead to a selection of snugly, comfortable, cabin-styled rooms. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served onsite and consist of a variety of international options. The accommodation is located on Mount Kenya, Kenya's highest mountain, which is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site and a wildlife stronghold.

Sweetwaters Serena Camp Mount Kenya National Park

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Mid Range Lodge

Sweetwaters Serena Camp combines the quintessential under-canvas experience with safari luxury. Each of the tents has an en suite bathroom, solid floors, thatched roofs and a private veranda with views of the water hole around which the camp is built. Stone pathways wind through landscaped grounds between the tents. Housed in a permanent building, the central Rhino Restaurant maintains its colonial heritage with the Kashoggi Bar centred around a warming log fire. Guests can enjoy a beverage while game viewing from the Waterhole Bar. The camp is around a water hole and set in the pristine calm of the private Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

Mount Kenya National Park Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Mount Kenya National Park.

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