Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in Africa. Located in central Kenya just south of the equator its highest peak is Batian at 5,199 meters (17,057 ft). Mount Kenya National Park protects the region surrounding the mountain and was established in 1949. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This area is of great tourism importance for the surrounding local communities.
It is a very scenic area and the park has huge biodiversity. There are several distinct ecological zones from savanna surrounding the mountain to the nival zone near the glaciers. Altitude affects climate which is a consideration if you are going to any kind of altitude on this mountain. Mt Kenya National Park is the perfect place to stopover between safari destinations. It is situated between some of Kenya’s great National Parks: Aberdare, Samburu and Meru. Mount Kenya Safari Club or the Serena Mountain Lodge which is over 2,000 meters above sea level, are some easy options in the area.