Mount Kenya’s Enchanting Beauty
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 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 a 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). Believed to be the sacred home of Ngai, God of the Kikuyu people, Mount Kenya is Kenya’s highest mountain, a climbers mecca, and 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 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 over the tea farms, the old woods line creates the skyline and behave as mega-sponges, supplying 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 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 biggest in the plant kingdom, crossing the heavens. Meru National Park is all about a short drive from town with the road out of Meru lined with the old forest filled with the grand massive Meru oaks.
The benefit using the Nanyuki side is that it is you can sample the joys of both 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 is heavily forested and difficult to observe the animals.