Are you looking for an epic Kenya safari adventure? Come with us as we engage in a Kenya tour to Mount Kenya national park. Mount Kenya National Park is found in Kenya which is located in the eastern region of the African continent along with geographical co-ordinates 0o 07’26” S 37O20’12” E. Mount Kenya National Park is bordered by Njukini forest in the south, Ndare Ngare forest, Borana wildlife conservancy and Lewa wildlife conservancy in the north. Mount Kenya national park is enclosed by the A2 and B6 roads.
As you enjoy this Kenya wildlife safari, you will be in a position to listen to conservation journey of Mount Kenya National Park which began in 1949 as a forest reserve but it was later elevated to national park status. The creation of this national park by the government of the Kenyan republic was based on four sounding reasons which were to promote tourism for both the local and national economies, preservation of the scenic beauty around this area, conservation of the rich biodiversity within the park and lastly preservation of a water catchment area for the surrounding local population to use as well as wildlife. Mount Kenya national park is part of the bigger forest reserve around the lower slopes of Mount Kenya but the national park only covers 715sqkm or 276sqmiles which is basically above 3000m or 9800ft above sea level, the forest reserve on the lower slopes also protects about 705sqkm or 272sqmiles making this entire conservation are to cover about 1420sqkm of land. This entire area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.
Before you visit Mount Kenya National Park on this Kenya safari tour, you have come knowing that this park myriad of climate patterns given its varying altitude. But generally, the park experiences 2 wet seasons and 2 dry seasons. The wet seasons come in from march- late May or June with what is commonly referred to as the long rainy seasons and also October to December with what is known as the shorter rainy season. Mount Kenya on the lower slopes has a minimum temperature of about 12oC or 54oF
Just like its name states, this park is home to Mount Kenya which is the second tallest mount on the African continent with an elevation of 5199m or 17057ft above sea level which is at the Batian peak summit, Nelson is the second-highest peak on this mount with an elevation of 5188m or 17021ft above sea level followed by other lower peak summits like Lenana at 4985m or 16355ft above sea level. Mount Kenya is a stratovolcano mountain just like many other mountains in the East African region like Rwenzori and Kilimanjaro and this mountain was formed about 3 million years ago when this region was being shaped by various forces of nature like faulting, volcanicity. Given its impressive height and location almost in the middle of Kenya, Mount Kenya is a very crucial water catchment area for Kenya as it has many streams of freshwater running down its slopes to water the lower communities that have settled on the slopes of this great mountain.
During your Kenya safari to Mount Kenya national park expect to encounter a wide variety of attractions such as giant forest hogs, white-tailed mongoose, elephant, black rhinoceros, Suni, black font duiker, and leopards. Alpine mammal species here include the Mount Kenya mouse shrew, hyrax and the mole-rat. Birds here include ayres hawk-eagle, Abyssinian long-eared owl, scaly francolin, Ruppel’s robin chat, numerous sunbirds, the locally threatened scarce swift, alpine swift and the green ibis. Many of these birds in mount Kenya national park can also be found in Uganda which is home to 1070 bird species which translates to about half of the birds in east Africa. If you make birding safari in Uganda takes you to various Uganda safari tour destinations like Queen Elizabeth National Park which is home to 600 bird species, Murchison Falls National Park Uganda which home to 450 bird species with the elusive shoebill easily sighted here, Kidepo Valley National Park which has 475 bird species and also Semuliki National Park which has 217 bird species with many Congo biome endemic birds as well as Albertine rift endemics. During your Uganda tour to Queen Elizabeth National Park also gives you an opportunity to engage in a stunning Uganda wildlife safari as they are home to a variety of wildlife attractions like lions giraffes cape buffaloes and elephants. On a visit to Mount Kenya National Park expect to engage in numerous activities such as birding, nature hikes, birding and mountain climbing. You can visit Mount Kenya National Park and or other Kenya safari destinations by using any of our short Kenya wildlife safari packages or long Kenya wildlife safari packages such as.