Mt Kenya is the second tallest mountain in Kenya, and is home to a beautiful national park. The breathtaking landscape plays host to numerous impressive geographical features such as glaciers, lakes, tarns and streams.
The Kenyan government awarded Mt Kenya with a national park status in 1949 because it was considered as an area of great natural beauty, which was to be preserved at all costs. Mt Kenya is also very important to the residents, because it provides water to around 50% of the population and is responsible for 70% of the hydroelectric power.
Unlike Mt Kilimanjaro, there are multiple routes up and down the mountain, each with their own incredible set of unique views.
The Kikuyu tribe class Mt Kenya as sacred. They frequently climb the lower slopes, to worship the throne of Ngai (a unique glacier formation).
The amazing forestry is home to rare plants and attracts a huge array of wild and exotic animals including elephants, tree hyrax, white tailed mongoose, black fronted duiker, mole rat, bushbucks, water buck, elands, leopard, bonogo, giant forest hog and the rhino.
Mt Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano located in Tanzania and holds the record for being the tallest mountain in the continent of Africa. The huge iconic landmark makes up part of the Kilimanjaro National Park and is home to a vast array of unique and protected wildlife.
Visitors can explore wild rain forests, heather moors, lava formations, beautiful glacial formations and desert land, all within the proximity of the park. Each climate provides a home to an array of different animals including the colobus monkey, blue monkey, four striped grass mouse, buffalo and the white necked raven.
Tourists frequently embark on a trek up Kilimanjaro. The climb is fairly accessible, often being described as the easiest of the Seven Summits. You do not need ropes, mountaineering gear or climbing experience, however a trained guide is highly recommended.
The view from the top boasts one like no other in the world, allowing you to see for hundreds of miles over the incredible plains of Africa.
Kilimanjaro represents a symbol of independence to many Tanzanians. The summit is known as Uhuru Peak, translating from Swahili as Freedom Peak.