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 adventurous activities, as the 5199 meter (17,057 ft) high summit is a difficult technical climb. Mount Kenya presents the ideal destination for 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 vacation. It lies 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 state side is scenic, with a green carpet of tea plantations, coffee shrubs, and macadamia trees. The atmosphere is tantalizingly new with clear rivers running in the slopes, crystal-clear cold water gushing from 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 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 by the banks, their leaves, reputed to be the biggest in the plant kingdom, sweeping 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 advantage of using the Nanyuki side is that you can sample the delights of the two Mt. Kenya and the Aberdares. Nanyuki is an old colonial town with 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.
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