Mountain Kenya National Park Kenya
Wildlife Highlight: forest elephants, bushbucks, tree hyrax, suni, white-tailed mongoose, black-fronted duiker, waterbucks, elands, and mole-rat. Animals rarely seen include leopard, bongo, giant forest hog. Birds: Over 130 bird species have been recorded.
What it is like to be here
There is a 99% chance that you will treasure your visit to this destination till your last day on earth.
It features snow-capped peaks, stunning scenery, and a well-balanced ecosystem. It is not too crowded even in the high peak tourism season.
Its climbing experience is well suited for climbers ranging between inexperienced and experienced. The adventure starts from Naromoru Park gate (2400 meters ASL) to the Meteorological station (Met) through the forest zone.
It is a great starter—full of so much fun! Birds of rare species, waterbucks, Columbus monkeys, baboons, springs, and bamboo forest were part of the scenery. The sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and flowers will leave you smiling or even laughing in joy.
In the latter days, you will traverse the high alpine zone with its beautiful Giant Lobelia, Protea, and Rowelia. This will be followed by the rocky zone. Here there is very little vegetation—most of which have very shallow roots as there is little soil.
The choice is yours on whether to sleep in cabins or tents during the trip.
The team that will be entrusted with looking after you is spot on and absolutely helpful. Having hiked this mountain over twenty times, they know everything about it and altitude tricks. The bonus is that they are patient-kind and sensitive to needs climbers. You will have nothing but admiration for their dedication towards helping travelers achieve their dreams of reaching the second highest peak on the continent.
When the adventure is over, you will take a ride back feeling very tired but content with your lifetime achievement.