The Amazing Beauty of Mount Kenya
For many decades, climbing Mount Kenya has been a charming tourist attraction for many. You will most definitely be eager to find the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa after Kilimanjaro. It may be only called an area of enchanting beauty and beautiful sights.
Mount Kenya is characterized by a series of peaks which are naturally crowned with snow, and its slopes are covered with forests. Here you can perform an adventurous activity, as the 5199 meter (17,057 ft) high summit is a difficult technical climb. Mount Kenya presents the perfect destination for the experience. It’s an extinct volcano with some trees half million years old. Straddling the Equator, the mountain provides a unique mosaic of woods, moorland, stone and ice hockey, and is flanked by the glistening twin peaks of Batain (5,199m) and Nelion (5,188m). Regarded as the sacred home of Ngai, God of the Kikuyu people, Mount Kenya is Kenya’s highest mountain, a climbers mecca, and the nation’s namesake. Mount Kenya is a favorite destination for a vacation. It is located 175km north of Nairobi and is readily available from Nanyuki, through the Naro Moru gate or Sirimon gate. Travelers from the Meru/Embu region can use the Chogoria gate.
While climbing higher up the slopes the countryside is scenic, with a green carpet of tea plantations, coffee shrubs, and macadamia trees. The air is tantalizingly fresh with crystal clear rivers running in the slopes, cold water gushing out of the woods, skirting the farms and down into the plains. High over the tea farms, the old woods line creates the skyline and behave as mega-sponges, supplying the fresh water and also eye-catching waterfalls.
Chogoria is reported to be the most picturesque route to the peaks together with the noise of the water in every step of the way. Walking down the slope is a dam and then a few steps away, a stunning waterfall named Owinga gushing across the rocks to crash in the bottom and continue its journey down the mountain. It’s the River Mara.
The street from Embu into Meru is filled with scenic drives, bends, and twists and large bridges across yawning rivers, giving the nation its hydro-electric power. Elegant raffia trees grow from the banks, their leaves, reputed to be the largest in the plant kingdom, crossing the heavens. Meru National Park is about an hour-and-a-half drive from town with the street from Meru lined with the old forest filled with the renowned massive Meru oaks.
The advantage of using the Nanyuki side is that you can sample the delights of the two Mt. Kenya and the Aberdares. Nanyuki is a classic colonial town which has many holiday facilities that can cater for different budgets. For those keen on wildlife viewing, the Mt. Kenya National Park may not be the best as it’s heavily forested and harder to observe the animals.