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Mountains
Mount Kenya Kenya has several mountains and hills. There are parks around these geographical features and a number of fun-activities such as mountain climbing, camping, and game viewing. For accommodation, there are beautiful lodges and campsite. Have fun!
The Mountains
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Mount Kenya
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Regarded as the realm of Ngai, god of the local Kikuyu people. Traditionally, all Kikuyu home were built to face this sacred peak. They call it Kirinyaga, or place of light.

The mountain is an awe-inspiring sight. Its ragged series of peaks are crowned with snow, and its slopes are thick with forest. The mountain is best seen at dawn, when the days early light silhouettes its impressive summit high over the surrounding plains.

While the 5199 metre summit is a difficult technical climb, the lesser peak of Point Lenana (4985m) can be easily reached by any fit trekker. This trek takes between 3 and 5 days, through a fascinating world of forests, wildlife, unique montane vegetation including podocarpus and grounsel, and finally one of the worlds rarest sights, equatorial snow.

For those who don’t want to climb the Mountain the cool highlands that surround its base are well worth a visit. The forests are ideal for game viewing, and there are crystal clear mountain streams that abound with.

Getting There

Main road access to Mt Kenya is via Nanyuki or Naro Moru, both easily accessed from Nairobi by bus/matatu or private transport. Some trekkers and Climbers access the Mountain from the small village of Chogoria. There is an airstrip in Nanyuki, with both scheduled and charter flights available. Many trekking companies can organize transfers from Nairobi to Mt Kenya. See the Trekking, Mountain Climbing and Safaris and Tours sections for details.

Mobility Around

Hotels in Nanyuki and Naro Moru can organize transfers to the gates of Mt Kenya National Park.

Parks

Mount Kenya National Park

Mount Elgon
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Rising from the jungles that border Uganda, Mt Elgon is an impressively craggy extinct Volcano. This remote region makes for interesting trekking through deep forest and across broad moorlands.

There is plenty of wildlife and plenty to discover. The peaks are ideal for climbing, and shelter a series of warm geothermal springs.

The mountain has many caves for the visitor explore. In these caves, known collectively as Elkony, ancient cave paintings decorate the walls, and bats and rock hyrax are found among the winding passageways.

The most famous cave of all is Kitum, where each night Elephant herds gather and begin a slow procession deep into the mountain. The elephants make their way through the caves, following well worn paths made by generations before them. Deep in the cave, they use their tusks to excavate the walls, seeking the natural salt which they lick from the scarred rock.

Getting There

Main road access to Mt Elgon is via Kitale. Elgon’s remote location makes private transport advisable. Some trekking companies can organize transfers from Nairobi to Mt Elgon. See the Trekking, Mountain Climbing and Safaris and Tours sections for details.

Mobility Around

Elgon’s remote location makes private transport advisable.

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