Mount Kenya is the second-highest mountain in Africa rivalled only by the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. It is the nation’s namesake which offers a park of mountain moors, forest and icy snow-capped peaks which are scared to the Kikuyu people as the home of the goddess Ngai. It is an extinct volcano which is permanently crowned with ice called the Lewis glacier. The terrain of the park varies with altitude and the lower forests of bamboo which gives way to moorland and alpine tundra. The mountain is mainly visited by hikers and climbers who want to challenge themselves by hiking up the trails.
Access: How to get to Mount Kenya National Park
Mount Kenya is situated around 200 kilometres (125 miles) northeast of Nairobi. The closest airport to Mount Kenya is at Nanyuki or the Laikipia Airport, though there are several small airports near the private lodges in the area. Most tourists will fly into Nairobi and then get driven to the Mount Kenya National Park by road.
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