"Highest mountain in Kenya" Kenya by csordila

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Africa?s highest mountain Kilimanjaro is a relatively easy climb and the main summit of Uhuru peak (5895m) can bereached by most climbers.
The mountain, though the highest is relatively a boring climb with not much scenery or change in landscape.
The origin of the name Kilimanjaro still remains a mystery and is thought mean a great hill in Kiswahili.
Climbing the mountain is best left to experienced mountaineers.
We put in a request to be woken if many different animals showed, but this hyena was the only one of them which turned up after we'd gone to bed. Worth getting up for though.
The water hole was flood lit, so we could still see the animals in the dark.

The Mount Kenya

Kenya is located in the eastern part of Africa. It has an area of about 150,000 square kilometers. It is a very popular tourist destination and also a hotspot for climbing and hiking.

In the central highlands a couple of hundred kilometers north of the equator lays Mt.Kenya.
The mountain is located 180 kilometers north of Nairobi and it can often be seen from high-rise buildings in Nairobi and from Thika.
It is an extinct volcano, which formed a couple of million years ago.
The mountain is located in the Mount Kenya National Park, which is a designated protected area around the mountain above 3200m altitude.

Kenya enjoys an equatorial climate with average annual temperatures of about 26C and diurnal temperatures of about 3C.
There are two rainy seasons on the mountain from April-June and October-December. The mountain is an important water catchment area and many rivers such as the Naro Moru emerge from the melting glaciers.

At the base and around this mountain are famous hotels such as the Mount Kenya Safari Club, Outspans, Naro Moru River Lodge, Treetops, Mountain Lodge, Bantu Lodge and several others. Tourists who do not wish to climb often visit the hotels for the view, luxury accommodation, fresh air and the tranquil atmosphere.

  • Last visit to Kenya: Jan 1990
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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