National Park

Mount Kenya National Park

Majestic peaks and diverse ecosystems around Africa's second highest mountain.

Kenya
Location
715 km²
Geographic Size
Year-round
Best Time to Visit

About Mount Kenya National Park

Mount Kenya National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is centered around Mount Kenya, Africa's second highest peak, standing at 5,199 meters. This park is not just a mountaineering paradise but also a sanctuary for diverse wildlife and unique montane and alpine ecosystems. The mountain's slopes are covered in forest, transitioning to moorland, r...

When to go

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Seasons

December - March
Best time to go
Optimal climbing conditions with clearer skies and minimal precipitation.
July - September
Shoulder Season
Variable weather with occasional rains, offering a mix of climbing conditions and wildlife viewing opportunities.
April - June
Low Season
Heavy rainfall makes trails slippery and climbing challenging, but the landscapes are exceptionally lush.
December - March
High Season
Clear, dry days offer the best conditions for climbing and trekking, with reduced cloud cover for stunning views.

What to do

Wildlife

The park's unique altitude gradient supports diverse habitats, from dense forest to alpine meadows, hosting a variety of wildlife including rare and endemic species.

Lion

Not Present

Elephant

Common

Black Rhino

Not Present

Cheetah

Not Present

Hippo

Not Present

Hyena

Occasional

Leopard

Occasional

Giraffe

Not Present

Zebra

Occasional

Gazelle

Not Present

Buffalo

Common

Wildebeest

Not Present

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
While generally safe, visitors to Mount Kenya National Park should prepare for high-altitude trekking and potential wildlife encounters. Vaccinations for Yellow Fever, Hepatitis A, and Typhoid, as well as malaria prophylaxis, are recommended for travelers to Kenya.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
The park is accessible by road from Nairobi, roughly a 3 to 4-hour drive. The nearest towns are Nanyuki and Naromoru, which serve as common starting points for treks.
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Following the implementation of Kenya's Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) system, most visitors must obtain an eTA prior to travel, streamlining the entry process and facilitating access to the country's natural wonders.
Getting Around
Exploration within the park is primarily by 4x4 or on foot through various trekking and climbing routes. Porters and guides are available to assist with navigation and carrying supplies.
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