These two natural spectacles facing each other in the central highlands of Kenya like 2 gentle giants.
With an elevation of 5199m at the highest peak; Mt. Kenya National Park together with the area covered by the mountain is 715km2 in size and it averages between 175km to 190km from Nairobi and Nakuru depending on which part of the mountain side you want to go.
Mt. Kenya being the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in Africa; this natural phenomenon provides a challenge in conquer for the daring and adventurous with mountain climbing for different categories from the basic mountaineering to technical mountaineering on the menu; for those that are just looking for rest and comfort. In the peace and tranquility of the mountain, this is the place to be.
Mt. Kenya national part together with the mountain area is about ……………………… Mt. Kenya can be accessed from many different routes depending on where you are coming from. It can be accessed through Karatina (Nyeri) Naro- Moru and Chogoria in Meru; among other routes.
The distances from Nairobi and Nakuru vary depending on where you are headed.
THE ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK
With an average elevation of 3500metres (11,800ft); this is the longest mountain range in Kenya forming the eastern rim of the Great Rift Valley.
It runs about 160km and straddles 4 counties in central Kenya namely; Nyandarua, Kiambu, Nyeri and Murang’a.
The highest peak is at Mt. Sattima rises 3999metres (13,120ft) above sea level followed by Mt. Kinangop at 3906metresASL.
This national asset also serves as one of the most important water towers in Kenya with most of the water used in the capital city and most of the surrounding major urban centres and areas coming from dams and rivers deep inside the aberdares.
The Aberdare National Park is also home to wildlife such as the African forest elephant, the buffalo, and leopard many species of monkeys among other animals.
The park is also deeply forested and with the help of charitable organization an over 800km electric fence has been put around this natural resource to protect it from destruction and also to mitigates against human- wildlife conflict since it is surrounded by vast farmland.
Accommodation in both of these national parks include:-
- FAIRMOUNT MR. KENYA SAFARI CLUB
Situated high at the slopes of Mt. Kenya set over 100acres of landscaped gardens and manicured lawns against the backdrop of this towering mountain.
Offers the main restaurant where exquisite cuisines are served; 2 main bars offers meals including bush dinners (at added cost) and swimming in a heated swimming pool.
Other leisure activities include horse riding, golf, hiking, nature walks, and whitewater rafting among others.
120rooms all ensuites with a bar, burning fireplace, TV and private balcony. These rooms offer double, triple and single occupancy. There also are the William Holden Cottages ideal for families or friends travelling together.
- TREE TOPS
In the magnificent evergreen Aberdare National Park; the world renowned rustic tree. This establishment has royal connections since this is where Queen Elizabeth of England became queen after the death of her father. It is located at the path of an ancient elephant migratory route between the aberdares and Mt. Kenya National Park, sited strategically at a watering hole and salt lick.
This beautiful hotel offers a lounge bar restaurant and a gift shop; leisure activities include, sundowner, game drives and trips to the moorlands.
With 32 double rooms and 3 suites; with ensuite bathrooms including a bath tub.
There is a scheduled shuttle service from the Outspan Hotel in Nyeri town.
Other accommodation facilities for these parks include:-
- Serena Mountain Lodge (Mt. Kenya),
- Aberdare Country Club (Aberdares),
- Outspan Hotel (Aberdares and Mt. Kenya),
- There are also camping facilities in the parks.