The Essentials of Mountains – Revisited
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 only called an area of enchanting beauty and beautiful sights.
Mount Kenya has a series of peaks which are naturally crowned with snow, and its slopes covered with forests. Here you can perform an adventurous activity, as the 5199 meter (17,057 ft) high summit is a difficult technical climb. Mount Kenya presents the perfect destination for the experience. It’s an extinct volcano with a few trees half a year old. Straddling the Equator, the mountain provides a unique mosaic of woods, moorland, stone and ice hockey, and is flanked by the glistening twin peaks of Batain (5,199m) and Nelion (5,188m). Regarded as the sacred home of Ngai, God of the Kikuyu men and women, Mount Kenya is Kenya’s premier mountain, a climbers mecca, as well as 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 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 crystal clear rivers running in the slopes, cold water gushing out of 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 stunning waterfall named Owinga gushing across the stones to crash in the base and continue its journey down the mountain. It’s the River Mara.
The street from Embu to Meru is full of scenic drives, bends, and twists and wide bridges across yawning rivers, providing the country with 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 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 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.