Mount Kenya National Park

Kenia is a biodiversity hotspot, where the majestic and varied wildlife of Africa can be found in its most natural and unspoiled state. For those who seek adventure, Kenya offers an abundance of Mount Kenya National Park, a location that’s famous not only for its scenic vistas but for its many geothermal springs, including the famous hot water reservoir, Kichwa. Kenya safaris can include more than just mountaineering, though, and a great Kenyan safari is also likely to take you through the parks and game reserves of Kenia.

The eastern part of Kenya boasts some of the finest game and sports opportunities in Africa. Located within the Great Rift Valley, the Serengeti Mountains represents one of the greatest challenges of climbing, with high altitudes and huge rock formations. In fact, nearly half of the world’s mountains are found in Kenya, making it the primary destination for mountaineering, hiking, and climbing. The country’s landscape is composed primarily of grasslands, plains, and rolling hills, which allow for expansive opportunities for both camping and trekking across the landscape.

Mount Shimba

On the western side of Kenya lie the amazing Mt Kenya National park. Consisting of several lakes, mountain ranges, and glaciers, Mt Kenya is one of the most prominent geographical features within Kenia. The park’s vast crater is surrounded by grasslands, and from July to October, white clouds can be seen over the tops of the tallest peaks. While the majority of Mt Kenya sits on the Western Coast, a small strip of land on the eastern side of the country contains Mt Shimba, one of the tallest and oldest-known mountains in Kenya. Camping is permitted only on portions of the mountain that remain above sea level.

Another high-altitude mountain within Kenya is Mt Kilimanjaro, also known as Africa’s second highest mountain. This mountain is situated in the southern part of the country and was created when the huge volcano erupted approximately 200 years ago. Kilimanjaro is considered to be the youngest mountain in the world, and there is plenty of opportunity for trekking through the forest and to view firsthand the changes that have taken place in its climate and landscape. From late May to early September, Mount Kilimanjaro experiences a period of heightened activity as clouds roll in over the mountain. From late September to early November, however, cloud cover decreases and the mountain is more conducive for viewing.

Serengeti National park

One of the most popular travel destinations within Kenya is the Serengeti National park, home to millions of wild animals. A large portion of the park is forested, giving visitors the chance to see many different animals including the big five, lions, zebras, elephants, antelopes, and giraffes. The diverse ecosystem and rich wild plant life create an environment that provides comfort and relaxation while allowing visitors to see many animals in their natural habitat. Tourists can stay at hotels that provide camp sites or lodges that allow them to go hiking around the forest reserve.

A unique adventure

For those looking for a unique adventure within Kenia, a safari on Kenia’s vast open plains is a fantastic experience. Although it is difficult to estimate the number of wildebeests that inhabit this area, some analysts put the figure at over 20 million. The migration, called the expansion, of this herd, depends on the availability of various food sources such as grass and other vegetation that is consumed to fuel the animals’ daily excursions. Camping along the lower slopes of Mount Kenia’s forest reserve will enable visitors to witness these annual events as the wildebeest migration.