Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya, photo by Chris 73
Mount Kenya (photo by Chris 73)
 

Mount Kenya, located in south-central Kenya, is the highest mountain in the country (17,057 ft or 5,199 m) ,and the second-highest in Africa (after Kilimanjaro).

It is home to Mount Kenya National Park and Forest Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The forested slopes contain diverse vegetation and wildlife bands at different elevations, including endemic species uniquely adapted to the strange confluence of a high alpine climate situated in the middle of the tropics..

In addition to several separate peaks, the region is filled with canyons and includes eleven small (and shrinking) glaciers. It is a popular hiking and climbing area.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
 

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Hillside Grand Hotel

Located in Chuka, 41 km from Meru, Hillside Grand Hotel features free WiFi access and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. The rooms have a flat-screen TV. The rooms are fitted with a private bathroom fitted with a shower. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$29

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Sentrim Samburu Lodge

Sentrim Samburu Lodge is situated in Archers Post, 3.6 km from Viewpoint. Viewpoint is 4 km away. Free private parking is available on site. All units include a seating area. Towels are offered. Sentrim Samburu Lodge also includes an outdoor pool. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$100

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Holiday home Kahiga Homestay

Set in Marua, this holiday home features a garden with a barbecue. Guests benefit from balcony. Free private parking is available on site. There is a dining area and a kitchenette. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels is available. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$55

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Sarova Shaba Game Lodge

Located in the heart of the Shaba Game Reserve, Sarova Shaba Game Lodge is perched along the banks of the Ewaso River and features indigenous trees, a fish pond and a large swimming pool. Free WiFi access is available in this lodge. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$100

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Sangare Gardens

Located in Muiga, Sangare Gardens features a garden fitted with BBQ facilities. Walking and running in the bush are among the activities that can be performed on site. Rooms at Sangare Gardens all come with a private bathroom and some have a... Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$93

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Meru Paramount Hotel

Meru Paramount Hotel

Set in Meru, 500 metres from Safaricom Centre Meru, Meru Paramount Hotel features free WiFi access and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. All rooms come with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$35

$35-
Westwood Hotel

Westwood Hotel

Westwood Hotel is set in Nyeri, 300 metres from Lord Baden-Powell's gravesite and 300 metres from Scouts Information Centre. Stima House is 500 metres from Westwood Hotel, while Nyeri Club is 800 metres away. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$39

$39-
Royal Minni Inn

Royal Minni Inn

Featuring free WiFi, Royal Minni Inn offers accommodation in Embu, 2.9 km from MKEPP offices. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Rooms include a TV. Some rooms feature a seating area where you can relax. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$39

$39-
Tranquil Homestay

Tranquil Homestay

Offering a garden and barbecue, Tranquil Homestay is set in Naro Moru. Nanyuki is 24 km from the property. Every unit is fitted with a private bathroom with slippers. Towels and bed linen are available. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$40

$40-
Northern Galaxy Hotel

Northern Galaxy Hotel

Situated in the town of Isiolo, Northern Galaxy Hotels boasts accommodation within 39 km of Samburu National Reserve and Shaba National Reserve. This hotel offers an on-site restaurant and free WiFi. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$40

$40-
Queens Park Guest House

Queens Park Guest House

Queens Park Guest House is located in Nyeri, 200 metres from Outspan Hospital and 300 metres from Outspan swimming pool. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is offered and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$43

$43-
Kuniville Guest House

Kuniville Guest House

Offering a children's playground and views of the garden, Kuniville Guest House is located in Nyeri in the Central Region, 300 metres from Paxtu Museum for Baden-Powell. Free WiFi is provided and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$45

$45-
Spice Garden Resort

Spice Garden Resort

Situated 1 km from Equator sign (your GPS is 33m wrong) in Nanyuki, Spice Garden Resort features a restaurant, bar and free WiFi throughout the property. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$45

$45-
Bekam Hotel

Bekam Hotel

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Bekam Hotel offers accommodation in Keruguya. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Some rooms feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$45

$45-
Samburu Riverside Camp

Samburu Riverside Camp

Offering a garden, Samburu Riverside Camp offers pet-friendly accommodation 7.7 km from Archers Post. Marti Lgirgir Plateau is 2 km away. Bed linen is offered. Samburu Riverside Camp also includes a barbecue. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

$50-
Legacy Gardens Nyeri

Legacy Gardens Nyeri

Set in Nyeri, 400 metres from Outspan swimming pool, Legacy Gardens Nyeri features free WiFi access and free private parking. A flat-screen TV is featured. There is a shared kitchen at the property. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

$50-
Holiday home Kahiga Homestay

Holiday home Kahiga Homestay

Set in Marua, this holiday home features a garden with a barbecue. Guests benefit from balcony. Free private parking is available on site. There is a dining area and a kitchenette. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels is available. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$55

$55-
Lions Court Lodge

Lions Court Lodge

Lions Court Lodge is located in Nanyuki, 1.5 km from Nanyuki Sports Club and 1.9 km from School Nanyuki. The hotel has a barbecue, children's playground and sun terrace, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$56

$56-
Penguin House

Penguin House

Set in Nanyuki, 1 km from Nanyuki Sports Club, Penguin House features free WiFi access and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Equitorialsupe is 1. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$56

$56-
The Old House Nanyuki

The Old House Nanyuki

Set 900 metres from Equator sign (your GPS is 33m wrong) in Nanyuki, The Old House Nanyuki features a restaurant, bar and free WiFi throughout the property. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$60

$60-
Nearmount Kenya Holiday Home

Nearmount Kenya Holiday Home

Featuring free WiFi, a barbecue and a children's playground, Nearmount Kenya Holiday Home offers pet-friendly accommodation in Nanyuki. Free private parking is available on site. Some units have a seating area where you can relax. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$60

$60-
Green Hills Hotel

Green Hills Hotel

Offering a restaurant and a fitness centre, Green Hills Hotel is located in Nyeri. Free WiFi access is available. At Green Hills Hotel you will find a 24-hour front desk, a garden and a terrace. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$60

$60-

Highlighted Interests:

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Natural
Scenic Waterways
Mount Kenya is the headwaters for two large rivers in Kenya; the Tana, the largest river in Kenya, and the Ewaso Ng'iso North. The density of streams is very high, especially on the lower slopes, which have never been glaciated. The ice cap which used to cover the mountain during the Pliocene eroded large U-shaped valleys that significantly alter the geography and ecology of the region.
Alpine Mountains
Mount Kenya is a stratovolcano created approximately 3 million years after the opening of the East African rift. It was covered by an ice cap for thousands of years, resulting in very naturally eroded slopes and numerous valleys radiating from the center. Today the glaciers reach no lower than 4,650 m, and that altitude continues to drop.

Mount Kenya has several peaks, the highest of which are Batian (5,199 meters), Nelion (5,188 meters (17,021 ft) and Point Lenana (4,985 meters (16,355 ft). and Rotundu.
Hiking and Trekking
Trekking the trails going up Mount Kenya can involve some climbing, while others only require scrambling. Either way, these are serious excursions that involve substantial preparation.

Mount Kenya's trekking seasons are a result of its location only 20 km (12 mi) from the equator. During the northern summer the rock routes on the north side of the peak are in good summer condition, while at the same time the ice routes on the south side of the peak are prime shape. The situation is reversed during the southern summer. The two seasons are separated by several months of rainy season before and after, during which climbing conditions are generally unfavorable.
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