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Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya National Park / Natural Forest protects the region surrounding Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa at 5,199 m.

The mountain is an extinct vulcano. It has 12 remnant glaciers on its slopes, which are retreating rapidly. Also there are several small lakes and it is the main water catchment area for two large rivers in Kenya; the Tana and the Ewaso Ng'iso North.

At lower altitudes Colobus and other monkeys and Cape Buffalo are prevalent. Some larger mammals such as elephants range up to 4,500 m.

Map of Mount Kenya


  • Natural

Community Reviews

Zack Culvert USA 04.03.06

There is a drought now all over Kenya, as the mini rainy season of Nov 2005 did not come. So the Masai bring their cattle and sheep up to the tourist area. This drove away the animals. The cows meanwhile are dying from the altitude and new germs which they have no resistence to. Seeing a lot of dead and dying cows being butchered was not fun.

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Site Info

Full name: Mount Kenya National Park / Natural Forest

Unesco ID: 800

Inscribed: 1997

Type: Natural

Criteria: 7   9  

Link: By Name By ID

Site History

  • 2013 - Extended To include Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve
  • 1997 - Inscribed 


The site has 2 locations.

  • Mount Kenya: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
  • Mount Kenya: Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest