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Mount Kenya.
  Mount Kenya NP
Size: 588 km2/227 sq mi.
Wildlife & attractions: Macro vegetation, mountain scenery, climbing and trekking.
Getting there: 3–4 hours on fairly good road to Naro Moru or Nanyuki from Nairobi, followed by 30 to 60 minutes on less good road.
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Mount Kenya National Park
Mount Kenya, situated a few hours' drive north of Nairobi in central Kenya, is Kenya's highest mountain and the second highest in Africa (second to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania). It is situated on the equator and is surrounded by Mount Kenya National Park, starting at 3,364 m/11,000 ft.

Some wildlife can be seen in the park, but many visitors also come here for the climbing and trekking offered. Mount Kenya has three main peaks: Batian (5,199 m/17,057 ft), Nelion (5,188 m/17,021 ft) and Lenana (4,985 m/16,355 ft). Of these, only Lenana can be reached by walking, while the other two require traditional climbing.

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The mountain has three main vegetation zones. The highest altitudes are a barren montane desert of snow and rocks, where few or no animals can be found. Below follows the afro-alpine zone, where strangely oversized macro vegetation can be found, as well as a wildlife of smaller mammals such as hares, duikers, klipspringers, hyrax and shrews.

The lowest altitudes form the bamboo and mountain forest zone, where elephants, African buffalos, bush pigs, bushbuck, black-fronted duikers, leopards and monkeys may be found. Lions, servals, bongos (a forest antelope) and other antelopes may be found in the mountain forests below the park border altitude. Turacos, sunbirds, parrots and other birds offer interesting birding.

Lodges and hotels
Apart from the lodges below, accommodation is also available in bandas and camping sites.

Serena Mountain Lodge.Serena Mountain Lodge is a good quality lodge on the south-western slopes of Mount Kenya. The lodge has a tree house atmosphere, with much wooden materials, narrow stairs and rooms reminding of boat cabins. The game viewing is mainly done from the lodge, which has observation decks and a lit waterhole.

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Naro Moru River Lodge.Naro Moru River Lodge is situated west of Mount Kenya, just south of the equator. It has 34 rooms and 12 self-catering bungalows/houses. All rooms have ensuite bathroom. There are two restaurants, bar, conference facilities, massage, swimming pool, tennis and squash, trout fishing and horse riding. The lodge is specialized in mountain climbing, offering guides and equipment.

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Mount Kenya Safari Club is a very good hotel set in private grounds west of Mount Kenya in central Kenya. It has 115 rooms, including club rooms, suites, villas and cottages. All have private bathroom and veranda with views of Mount Kenya. There are two restaurants, two bars, lounge, health and beauty centre, conference rooms, shops, chapel, heated swimming pool, tennis court, 9-hole golf course, horse riding, bowls and trout fishing.

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