Mount Kenya National Park

Mount Kenya National Park

Mount Kenya, Africa's second highest most mountain, rises to 5,199m. The 3,200m mark upwards forms part of the Mount Kenya national park. Surrounding the park is Mount Kenya National Forest Reserve covering an area of approximately 2095 sq Kms. Mount Kenya National Park is unique for its diverse habitats. The lower slopes of the mountain consist mainly of dry upland forest.

Generally, Mount Kenya National Park can be divided into three principle zones; the rocky peak area, which is basically an eroded volcanic plug with a layer of glaciers and snowfields; the alpine zone, consisting giant vegetation and the lower slopes covered in mountain forest and finally, the bamboo jungle.

Mount Kenya National park's forests are home to leopard, elephant, buffalo, black and white colobus monkey (this monkey is afraid of movements including the movement of it's own tail) and, Sykes monkeys, rock hyrax, giant forest hog, waterbuck, bushbuck, giant forest hog, black rhino, genet cat, bush pig, hyena, bongo, a rare forest antelope.

Other rare species that can be spotted in Mount Kenya National Park include, Mt Kenya mole rat, suni antelope, skinks (lizards), albino zebra and a several species of owls. The birdlife around the mountain is also prolific, ranging from huge eagles to multicolored sunbirds.

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