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Mt. Kenya: Mt. Kenya Safari Club Mt. Kenya: Manicured Club grounds Mt. Kenya: View from the Safari Club Mt. Kenya: Peacock on the grass
Mt. Kenya: Peacock patrolling the grounds Mt. Kenya: Red-headed Stork Mt. Kenya: Bongo Mt. Kenya: Sacred Ibis
Mt. Kenya: Monitor Lizards Mt. Kenya: Young Elephant at the river Mt. Kenya: Vervet Monkey  
       
       

Mt. Kenya National Park

Mount Kenya National Park, established in 1949, protects the region surrounding Mount Kenya.

Initially it was a forest reserve before being announced as a national park. Currently the national park is within the forest reserve which encircles it.


The Government of Kenya had four reasons for creating a national park on and around Mount Kenya:

  1. the importance of tourism for the local and national economies,
  2. to preserve an area of great scenic beauty,
  3. to conserve the biodiversity within the park,
  4. to preserve the water catchment for the surrounding area.


The Mount Kenya National Park has an area of 715 square kilometers (276 mi²), most of which is above the 3,000 meter (9,800 ft) contour line. The forest reserve adds an additional 705 square kilometers (272 mi²).


Volcanic sediment in the surrounding region's soil and the huge volume of fresh water coming down the slopes makes this area particularly favorable for agriculture.


At lower altitudes Colobus and other monkeys and Cape Buffalo are prevalent.