The Breathtaking 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 see 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 some trees half million years 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). 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 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 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 by the banks, their leaves, reputed to be the biggest in the plant kingdom, sweeping 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 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 which can cater for various budgets. For those keen on wildlife viewing, the Mt. Kenya National Park might not be the best as it’s heavily forested and harder to observe the animals.