Mount Kenya National Park
Mount Kenya is the countyís
highest mountain. Sitting astride the equator its icy summit reaches
to 5199m (17058 ft). All of the mountain above the 3200m (10500 ft)
contour forms a national park. In fact the mountain consists of
three principal zones; the rocky peak area, actually an eroded
volcanic plug, with its cloak of glaciers and snow fields; the
alpine zone with its distinctive giant vegetation; and the vast
gentle slopes drenched in mountain forest and bamboo jungle. It is
no wonder that this remote majestic wonderland was considered as
Godís domain by awed farmers at its foothills. Many rivers flow from
the perpetual snows, among them the mighty Tana, source of much of
Kenyaís electricity supply.
Most visitors are content to marvel at the mountainís beauty but
some will want to attempt to reach the summits; a feat requiring
considerable rock-climbing skill. But the mountainís lesser peaks
and glaciers can all be scaled and walked by the fit and the
adventurous. Point Lenana, 4985 m (16355 ft) can be easily reached.
Wildlife within the forests below the park boundary includes
elephant, buffalo, lion, several species of antelope including the
rare bongo and occasionally both melanistic leopard and Serval. Much
of this game can be seen from the comfort of Mountain Lodge which
lies just inside the forest on the south side of the mountain.