Mount Kenya’s Enchanting Beauty
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 as well as also the second-highest in Africa after Kilimanjaro. It may be simply called an area of enchanting beauty and enticing sights since the mountain provides 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 ideal destination for experience. It’s an extinct volcano with some trees half million years 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 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.
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.
Chogoria is said to be the most scenic route to the peaks together with the noise of the water at every step along 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 road from Embu to Meru is full of scenic drives, bends, and twists and broad bridges over yawning rivers, providing the country with 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 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 which can cater for various 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.