The tallest mountain in Kenya has been blessed with a national park within its border. There are three heights on Mt Kenya which contributes to its distinct appearance. The mountainous aspect makes its different from most parks in the country. However, that does not mean that the park is without wildlife because of the landscape. Among the wildlife with residency the Mt Kenya national park are elephants, collection of bird species and apes. The national park was established during the colonial era in 1949 as a protective measure for the mountain and the area surrounding it. In fact, the Mount Kenya National park is a UNESCO world heritage site.
It covers an area of 715Km 2 while the forest occupies about 705 Km 2 which provides enough area for mountain climbing enthusiasts and game viewing for animal lovers. Mt Kenya is about 5199 m tall and so many people have taken up the challenge of scaling the various mountain peaks. While you are up there you become the dominant viewer looking down miles apart on the mountain. Mt Kenya takes the second place in Africa after Mt Kilimanjaro which coincidentally is also located in the East Africa region. Scholars have discovered that the mountain was formed from volcanic activity. Later on the rim eroded which led to the creation of the various peaks. In addition to the conservancy efforts the park was also created to encourage tourism. The national park protects the Mountain water catchment functionality.
Of the three peaks, its only Lenana that can be scaled by amateurs on a safari, the other two peaks are too intense and require training and specialized equipment to climb. There is a rain forest around the national park with clumps of bamboo growing above the forest. But as you go up the vegetation changes to a moorland coupled with heather and lobelia. There is a tarmac road that runs around the base of the Mount Kenya National park. There are towns that close to the mountain which includes Nayuki, Naru Moru and Meru.