The Breathtaking 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 can be just described as an area of enchanting beauty, and beautiful sights since the mountain offers this with an amazing zeal.
Mount Kenya is characterized by a series of peaks which are naturally crowned with snow, and its slopes are covered with forests. Here you may perform adventurous activities, as the 5199 meter (17,057 ft) high summit is a tough technical climb. Mount Kenya presents the perfect destination for the experience. It’s an extinct volcano with a few trees half a year old. Straddling the Equator, the mountain provides a unique mosaic of forest, moorland, stone, and ice, and is crowned by the glittering twin peaks of Batain (5,199m) and Nelion (5,188m). Regarded as the sacred home of Ngai, God of the Kikuyu men and women, Mount Kenya is Kenya’s premier mountain, a climbers mecca, as well as the state’s namesake. Mount Kenya is a favorite destination for a holiday. 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 area can utilize the Chogoria gate.
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 above the tea plantations, the forest line forms the skyline and act as mega-sponges, supplying the clean, 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 incline is a dam and then a couple of steps off, a stunning waterfall named Owinga gushing across the stones to crash in the base and continue its journey down the mountain. It’s the River Mara.
The street from Embu to Meru is full of scenic drives, bends, and twists and wide bridges across yawning rivers, providing the country with its hydro-electric power. Elegant raffia trees grow by the banks, their leaves, reputed to be the biggest in the plant kingdom, sweeping 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 benefit of using the Nanyuki side is that it’s you can sample the joys 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 might not be the best as it’s heavily forested and harder to observe the animals.