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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 3 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 6 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 15 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 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$93

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Sutton Hoo Farm Nanyuki

Sutton Hoo Farm Nanyuki

Offering a year-round outdoor pool and barbecue, Sutton Hoo Farm Nanyuki is situated in Naro Moru, 12 km from Nanyuki. Free WiFi is featured and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$100

$100-
Moof Africa Organic Hostel Camp

Moof Africa Organic Hostel Camp

Located 200 metres from Equator sign (your GPS is 33m wrong) in Nanyuki, Moof Africa Organic Hostel Camp welcomes guests with a restaurant and bar. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$100

$100-
Sentrim Samburu Lodge

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 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$100

$100-
Sarova Shaba Game Lodge

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 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$100

$100-
The White Rhino Hotel

The White Rhino Hotel

Offering a children's playground and terrace, The White Rhino Hotel is set in Nyeri in the Central Region, 300 metres from Stima House. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$105

$105-
Serena Mountain Lodge

Serena Mountain Lodge

Located in Kabaru, Serena Mountain Lodge features a garden and barbecue. Nanyuki is 38 km from the property. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. All units have a seating area. There is a private bathroom with slippers in each unit. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$109

$109-
Soames Hotel & Jack' s Bar

Soames Hotel & Jack' s Bar

Situated 6 km from Equator sign (your GPS is 33m wrong) in Nanyuki, Soames Hotel & Jack' s Bar features a restaurant, bar and free WiFi. The hotel has a sun terrace and views of the mountain, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$110

$110-
Le Rustique

Le Rustique

Offering a children's playground and terrace, Le Rustique is situated in Nanyuki, 800 metres from Nanyuki Sports Club. The hotel has a spa centre and fitness centre, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$113

$113-
Ol Tome Laikipia Camp

Ol Tome Laikipia Camp

Offering a garden, Ol Tome Laikipia Camp is situated in Kirichu, 48 km from Nanyuki. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation is equipped with a seating area. Towels are provided. Ol Tome Laikipia Camp also includes a barbecue. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$123

$123-
Sweetwaters Serena Camp

Sweetwaters Serena Camp

Offering a garden, Sweetwaters Serena Camp is located in Nanyuki. Elephant Dam is 1.5 km from the property. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$127

$127-
Mount Kenya Leisure Lodge

Mount Kenya Leisure Lodge

Situated in Naro Moru, 21 km from Nanyuki, Mount Kenya Leisure Lodge features a barbecue and indoor pool. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$132

$132-
Giraffe Ark Game Lodge

Giraffe Ark Game Lodge

Featuring air conditioning, Giraffe Ark Game Lodge is located in Lamuria, 39 km from Nanyuki. The accommodation boasts a hot tub. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$135

$135-
The Nelion Hotel

The Nelion Hotel

Featuring free WiFi, a restaurant and an outdoor pool, The Nelion Hotel offers accommodation in Naro Moru, 19 km from Nanyuki. The hotel has a children's playground and terrace, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$160

$160-
Comfort Gardens Sweetwaters

Comfort Gardens Sweetwaters

Featuring free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a year-round outdoor pool, Comfort Gardens Sweetwaters offers pet-friendly accommodation in Nanyuki. The resort has a barbecue and children's playground, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$180

$180-
Elephant Bedroom Camp - Samburu

Elephant Bedroom Camp - Samburu

Situated along the banks of Ewaso Nyiro River, Elephant Bedroom Camp - Samburu is located in Samburu Game Reserve. Offering luxurious tents, the property features a spa and pool. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$180

$180-
Sere Enkang House

Sere Enkang House

Offering a barbecue, Sere Enkang House is set in Naro Moru. Nanyuki is 14 km away. Free WiFi is available and free private parking is available on site. The accommodation is fitted with a seating area. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$184

$184-
The Aberdare Country Club

The Aberdare Country Club

Offering a year-round outdoor pool, The Aberdare Country Club is situated within a 1,300-acre wildlife sanctuary in Mweiga, in the Central Region. The sanctuary is inhabited by impalas, zebras, giraffes and the more reclusive leopards. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$190

$190-

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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