The Breathtaking Beauty of Mount Kenya
For many decades, the wildlife of Kenyan safari has become the magical tourist attractions for many. You will most definitely be eager to see the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa after Kilimanjaro. It can be just described as an area of enchanting beauty, and beautiful sights since the mountain offers this with an amazing zeal.
Mount Kenya has a series of peaks which are naturally crowned with snow, and its slopes 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 a few trees half a year 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 holiday. It is located 175km north of Nairobi and is readily accessible from Nanyuki, through the Naro Moru gate or Sirimon gate. Travelers from the Meru/Embu region can use the Chogoria gate.
Climbing higher up the slopes the state side 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 above the tea plantations, the forest line forms the skyline and act as mega-sponges, supplying the clean, 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 an hour-and-a-half drive from the town with the street from Meru lined with all the old woods filled with the renowned massive Meru oaks.
The advantage of using the Nanyuki side is that you can sample the delights of the two 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 may not be the best as it’s heavily forested and harder to observe the animals.