Getting To The Point – Mountains
The Breathtaking 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 see 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 is characterized by a series of peaks which are naturally crowned with snow, and its slopes are 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 ideal destination for experience. It’s an extinct volcano with some trees half million years old. Straddling the Equator, the mountain provides a unique mosaic of forest, moorland, stone, and ice, and is crowned by the glittering twin peaks of Batain (5,199m) and Nelion (5,188m). Believed to be the sacred home of Ngai, God of the Kikuyu people, Mount Kenya is Kenya’s highest mountain, a climbers mecca, and 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 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 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.
Chogoria is reported to be the most picturesque route to the peaks together with the noise of the water in every step of 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 from the banks, their leaves, reputed to be the largest in the plant kingdom, crossing the heavens. Meru National Park is all about an hour-and-a-half drive from the town with the street from Meru lined with all the old woods 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 an old colonial town with 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.