The Breathtaking Beauty of Mount Kenya
For many decades, the wildlife of Kenyan safari has become the magical tourist attractions 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 has peaks which are naturally crowned with snow, and its slopes are covered with woods. Here you can perform adventurous activities, 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 a few trees half a year old. Straddling the Equator, the mountain provides a mosaic of woods, 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 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 clear rivers running from the slopes, crystal-clear cold water gushing from the forest, skirting the farms and down to the plains. High above the tea farms, the woods line to create the skyline and act as mega-sponges, providing the fresh water and also eye-catching waterfalls.
The Chogoria route is reported to be the most scenic path to the peaks together with the noise of the water at each step along the way. Walking down the incline is a dam and then a couple of steps off, a gorgeous waterfall named Owinga gushing across the stones to crash in the base of mount Kenya 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 biggest in the plant kingdom, crossing the heavens. Meru National Park is all about an hour-and-a-half drive from the town with the street from Meru lined with all the old woods 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 anyone keen on wildlife viewing, the Mt. Kenya National Park might not be the best as it is heavily forested and difficult to observe the animals.