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The Amazing 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 find 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 perfect destination for the experience. It’s an extinct volcano with some trees half a 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). 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 is located 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.

While climbing higher up the slopes the countryside 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 over the tea farms, the old woods line creates the skyline and behave as mega-sponges, supplying 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 all about a short drive from town with the road out of Meru lined with the old forest filled with the grand 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 might not be the best as it is heavily forested and difficult to observe the animals.