Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest peak in Africa after Kilimanjaro. It is located in the centre of Kenya, almost on the equator and about 90 miles northeast of the capital Nairobi. Mount Kenya was traditionally regarded as a holy mountain and the dwelling-place of God by the Kikuyu and Embu communities living adjacent to it.
Climbing Mount Kenya takes you through varied ecosystems and awe-inspiring scenery. With its volcanic ridges and glacial valleys radiating across the land like spokes from a wheel, the massive bulk of Mount Kenya straddles the Equator yet is permanently crowned with snow. The 588 square-kilometre National Park, surrounded by 2000 square kilometres of Forest Reserve, is dominated by the twin summits of Batian (5,199 m) and Nelion (5,188 m) whose jagged snow-capped peaks are all that remain of a gigantic volcanic lava plug that once thrust another 300 meters into the sky. The 2000-square-kilometre Mount Kenya Forest Reserve, meanwhile, is the largest forest reserve and water-catchment area in Kenya and features magnificent stands of buttressed and lichen-draped juniper, podocarpus and African olive trees whose dense canopy provides the ideal habitat for vast herds of buffalo and elephant as well as a bright kaleidoscope of birds and other wildlife. Forest birds include Green Ibis (local Mount Kenya race), Ayer's Hawk Eagle, Abyssinian Long-eared Owl, Scaly Francolin, Ruppel's Robin-chat and numerous sunbirds (Nectariniidae) including the Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbird. Other birds are Montane Francolin, Mackinder's Eagle Owl, the locally threatened Scarce Swift and the endemic Alpine Swift.
At higher altitudes, the forest gives way to lush bamboo groves where colobus monkeys leap and leopard prowl and, higher up, the stunted woodlands give way to tussock grass and alpine moorlands, jewel-studded by icy glacial tarns and moraines. As for the globally unique alpine flora, it features 13 species endemic to the mountain and displays such freakish montane mutations as giant lobelias, groundsel and water-holding cabbages. Game highlights include: elephant, buffalo, black rhino, leopard, colobus and Sykes's monkey, duiker, buck, giant forest hog and the extremely rare Bongo antelope, as well as a wide range of birds, of which 57 types are endemic to Mt. Kenya. Your base for climbing Mount Kenya will be Mountain Lodge, the only 'tree hotel' ever to be built on the slopes of Mt. Kenya. Mountain Lodge offers excellent game viewing and beautiful views of the mountain.
Equipment to Bring Along for Mountain Climbing: At least 3 pairs of socks, hiking boots, 2 pairs of trousers, water proof-raincoat and trouser, woollen hat, sun glasses, hand gloves, big rucksack and day pack, sleeping bag and water bottles.
The Lodge Can Provide the Following Items: Rucksacks for food and utensils package, Tents, Sleeping mat, Camping stools.
Not Included in the Package: Personal insurance - recommended
What is Included: Transfer from Nairobi to Serena Mountain Lodge and back, 2 nights at Mountain Lodge with full board accommodation, accommodation in tents and meals on the climb, all park entry fees, porters and guides.
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|DATES FROM||DATES TO||PER PERSON SHARING (PACKAGE)||SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT||SOLO TRAVELLER|
|1-Nov-13||22-Dec-13||2255 USD||705 USD||3345 USD|
|23-Dec-13||2-Jan-14||2335 USD||725 USD||3445 USD|
|3-Jan-14||31-Mar-14||2485 USD||680 USD||3565 USD|
|1-Apr-14||31-May-14||2420 USD||600 USD||3420 USD|
|1-Jun-14||30-Jun-14||2485 USD||680 USD||3565 USD|
|1-Jul-14||31-Oct-14||2530 USD||725 USD||3650 USD|
|1-Nov-14||22-Dec-14||2450 USD||705 USD||3550 USD|
|23-Dec-14||2-Jan-15||2530 USD||725 USD||3650 USD|
|1-Nov-13||22-Dec-13||2105 USD||555 USD||3045 USD|
|23-Dec-13||2-Jan-14||2185 USD||575 USD||3145 USD|
|3-Jan-14||31-Mar-14||2315 USD||530 USD||3245 USD|
|1-Apr-14||31-May-14||2255 USD||450 USD||3105 USD|
|1-Jun-14||30-Jun-14||2315 USD||530 USD||3245 USD|
|1-Jul-14||31-Oct-14||2360 USD||575 USD||3330 USD|
|1-Nov-14||22-Dec-14||2280 USD||555 USD||3235 USD|
|23-Dec-14||2-Jan-15||2360 USD||575 USD||3330 USD|
Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.
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