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Mount Kenya

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Mount Kenya is located near the center of Kenya about 150 km north of Nairobi. At 5300 m (17,000 feet) it is Africa's second highest mountain, after Kilimanjaro.

The immediate mountain area is a national park and a large swath of country around it a forest reserve. The two together are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Understand[edit]

Mount Kenya

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Landscape[edit]

Flora and fauna[edit]

Climate[edit]

Mount Kenya has a friendly climate.

Get in[edit]

Fees and permits[edit]

Single day: US$52 non-resident adult + $3 per car. 4-day package: US$255 for Adult Non Resident. US$65 per day for every additional day.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Largest black rhino conservancy in Kenya. All Big 5 are present in the park. The attempt to save the northern white rhino is underway here. $90pp/day.

Do[edit]

Climb Mt Kenya. This is typically a 5-day activity with a guide.

Day Hiking. Day hikes are somewhat hard to find. On the south side, Castle Forest Lodge (see sleep section) has a couple of short guided hiking options. On the north side, Camp Old Moses is a possible start and/or end point (though not necessarily worth the $52 entrance fee).

Ngare Ndare Forest. Ngare Ndare is known for its blue pools and waterfall - reserve ahead of time to ensure a guide is available to take you there (due to wild animals, you can't just go by yourself). It's either a 1 hour hike with an armed guard or a 4x4 drive with an unarmed guide from the 'office' under the canopy walk. There is also an elevated walkway (canopy walk) which is best done close to dawn/dusk when birds are active. $40pp/day + $10 mandatory guide.


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1 Castle Forest Lodge. Beautiful lodge & campground outside of the park (read: no park fees). Cottages all have fireplaces. Chalet Montane has a hammock on the porch. Nature walks are offered for $7-10pp. Good place to relax for a couple of days. $170 for 2BR.

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