Mount Kenya Safari
Mount Kenya National Park encompasses the region surrounding the mountain, and lies within the forested national reserve which encircles it. An area of exceptional natural beauty, the park features a remarkable biodiversity as well as the water catchment area for the surrounding area.
The national park and the forested reserve combined have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Mount Kenya features several distinct ecological zones, each featuring a dominant species of vegetation. Certain species found on the higher slopes are endemic either to Mount Kenya or East Africa. These distinct zones are a result of the varied weather conditions experienced as elevation increases.
The lower slopes and area surrounding Mount Kenya feature forested areas, while higher up, the vegetation consists mostly of bamboo. A little higher up, you'll find the timberline forest, featuring smaller trees than on the lower slopes. Above the timberline, the landscape of Mount Kenya changes dramatically, dominated by heathers and other species that have adapted to the unforgiving and harsh climate of these uppermost reaches.
A Mount Kenya safari is more likely to occur on the lower slopes of the mountain where the vegetation supports more varied species and the climate is less extreme. Species found here include several species of monkey, antelopes, elephant and buffalo, as well hyena, leopard and occasionally lion.
Mount Kenya itself is an extinct volcano, is the country's highest peak and the second highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. Towering over the central highlands, Mount Kenya has three peaks, two of which can only be climbed by those with expert mountaineering skills. Point Lenana is accessible to anyone of reasonable fitness, and it's been said that Mount Kenya offers a more varied and interesting climb than Kilimanjaro.
Formed by volcanic eruptions between two and three million years ago, Mount Kenya's upper surfaces have been eroded and scoured by glaciers, creating some interesting rock formations and steep valleys.