Mount Kenya National Park

Mount Kenya National Park

Mount Kenya National Park was establish in 1949 to protect Mount Kenya. The wildlife and the surrounding environment, which forms a habitat for wild animals. Also as well as acting as an area for the catchment of water, to supply Kenya’s water

Initially, it was a forest reserve, before being a national park. Currently, the national park is in the forest reserve. In April 1978, the area was designate a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Combining, the national park and forest reserve became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

The Government of Kenya had four reasons for creating a national park on and around Mount Kenya. These were the importance of tourism for the local and national economies. That is to preserve an area of great scenic beauty, and to conserve the biodiversity within the park. Also to preserve the water catchment for the surrounding area.

Park activities

Camping, Cave exploration, Game viewing, and also Mountain Climbing

How to get there

Roads: 175 Kms from Nairobi, you can reach the park on Nanyuki-Isiolo road via Sirimon Track or Nyeri-Nanyuki road near Naro Moru. The park is also reachable via Chogoria on the Embu – Meru road, about 150km north of Nairobi.

Mountain climbing routes without an official gate include:

Kamweti, Marania, Burguret, Themwe

Airstrips: The closest commercial airstrip to the park is at Nanyuki


Pristine wilderness, lakes, tarns, glaciers and peaks of great beauty. Also geological variety, forest, mineral springs, rare and endangered species of animals, High altitude adapted plains game, Unique montane and alpine vegetation with 11 species of endemic plants.

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