Mt Kenya, Africa’s second highest peak is regarded as the realm of
Ngai, god of the local Kikuyu people. Traditionally, all Kikuyu home
were built to face this sacred peak. They call it Kirinyaga, or place
The mountain is an awe-inspiring sight. Its ragged series of peaks are
crowned with snow, and its slopes are thick with forest. The mountain
is best seen at dawn, when the days early light silhouettes its
impressive summit high over the surrounding plains.
While the 5199 metre summit is a difficult technical climb, the lesser
peak of Point Lenana (4985m) can be easily reached by any fit trekker.
This trek takes between 3 and 5 days, through a fascinating world of
forests, wildlife, unique montane vegetation including podocarpus and
grounsel, and finally one of the worlds rarest sights, equatorial snow.
For those who don’t want to climb the Mountain the cool highlands that surround its base are well worth a visit. The forests are ideal for game viewing, and there are crystal clear mountain streams that abound with Trout.
Getting Around - Main road access to Mt Kenya is via Nanyuki or Naro Moru, both easily accessed from Nairobi by bus/matatu or private transport. Some trekkers and Climbers access the Mountain from the small village of Chogoria. There is an airstrip in Nanyuki, with both scheduled and charter flights available.
Many trekking companies can organize transfers from Nairobi to Mt Kenya. See the Trekking, Mountain Climbing and Safaris and Tours sections for details. Hotels in Nanyuki and Naro Moru can organize transfers to the gates of Mt Kenya National Park.