Mount Kenya National Park – Kenya

Mount Kenya National Park – Kenya, together with Mount Kenya National Reserve was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

The national park is described as a wilderness park surrounded by lush vegetation and inhabited by various animal species.


Mount Kenya National Park – Kenya is located approximately one hundred and seventy-five kilometers off the northeastern part of Nairobi and eastern section of the Great Rift Valley.

Getting There

Your best option to reach Mount Kenya National Park – Kenya is via Sirimon Track from Nanyuki-Isiolo Road. You can also reach the park via Nyeri-Nanyuki Road going towards Nanyuki-Isiolo Road.

Another option is through the Embu-Meru Road going towards Chogoria approximately one hundred and fifty kilometers off northern Nairobi.

What to See and Do

Mountain climbing is a top activity for travelers visiting Mount Kenya National Park – Kenya. Covered in pristine wilderness, you can see various plant species as well as lakes and glaciers.

Reaching the summit, you can see a magnificent vista of the forest down below. Camping is also an option for travelers who wish to “rough it out” for a day or two.

Beautiful animals abound in the park. A visit here could give you a closer look at some of Africa’s most magnificent creatures; from elephants to white-tailed mongoose, mole rats and bushbucks, plus elands, rhinos, leopards and giant forest hogs on occasion.

Brief History

Mount Kenya National Park – Kenya was first inscribed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the year 1978 and then later on inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1997.

The country’s government wanted to establish the area surrounding Mount Kenya as a national park primarily to preserve and protect its natural beauty, to increase tourism, to conserve and preserve the biodiversity surrounding the park and to preserve and protect the water catchments for the areas surrounding the park.


The cost to climb and visit Mount Kenya National Park – Kenya for one day is at USD55 for adults, USD20 for kids and USD15 for students. For a three-day package, the cost is pegged at USD150 for adults, USD70 for kids and USD770 for students.

Camping in public campsites start at USD15 for adults; and USD10 for kids, students and organized groups.

Other Information

Children’s fees are for kids three years old up to seventeen years old. Students must present a valid identification card issued by their school in order to avail of students’ fees.

Visitors are advised to bring drinking water, food and their own camping gear. Comfortable boots are also recommended for trekking and climbing.