Mount Kenya

Opened to visitors in 1949 and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, Mount Kenya National Park offers one of the most impressive landscapes in all of East Africa.

There are 12 remnant glaciers on the mountain, all of which are receding rapidly, and four secondary peaks that sit at the head of the U-shaped glacial valley that is littered with wild flowers. With its nigged glacier-clad summits and forested middle slopes. Mount Kenya is simply spectacular to behold for nature lovers.

The park has incredible lakes, tarns, glaciers, peaks and natural mineral springs. At the lower levels are dry upland forests that give way with height to montane forest with cedar and podo, then thick bamboo forest, upper forests of smaller trees and high-altitude moss and finally high-altitude heath and shrubs followed by open moorland, where animals like elephants, buffaloes, zebras and eland have been sighted as high as 4,000 m (13,123 ft). Other animals of the forests include bushbuck, black and white Colobus monkeys and Sykes monkeys, while lower down the slopes the wide variety of wildlife includes black rhinos, leopards, hyenas, genet cats, olive baboons, waterbucks, black-fronted duikers, bush pigs and giant forest hogs. Endangered animals here include bongos (a shy forest antelope), Mount Kenya Mole Shrew, Sunni buck and skinks.