Mount Kenya Region Tourist Circuit (Aberdare National Park, Mount Kenya National Park, Meru National Park, Lake Rutundu, Solio Ranch)

Aberdare National Park

The Aberdare National Park which also covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Ranges of Kenya’s central highland has a diverse topography ranging from deep ravines that cut through the thick wooded forest to the eastern and western slopes. The highest peak stands at range standing at point Ol Donyo Satima (3999m). The spectacular sceneries of Aberdare are manifested in the thick montane forest, waterfalls at Karuru falls which falls in 3 steps, Chania falls, clouded hills, the ridges and valleys a perfect spot for photographers.The climax of your experience is at the tree-house which have walkways and accommodation raised into the forest canopy. This allows you to watch animals from a unique vantagepoint at night. This gives you an aerial view wildlife frequenting the floodlit waterhole and natural salt licks.

Frequent visitors include elephants, buffaloes .Wild animals present include rare bongo antelope, primates (sykes, black and white colobus monkeys and baboons), endangered black rhino, eland elusive leopard, lions, golden and serval cats, duiker, giant forest hog, buffaloes, bushbuck, suni, elephants, shrews, zebras, with over 250 species of birds species (the Jackson's Francolin, sparry hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers)

Activities here include: photography, bird watching, game viewing, trout fishing, camping, sightseeing, bird watching and hiking. This was also the hiding and fighting place for the Mau Mau movement during the colonial area (1950’s) as they resented the colonial rule

NOTE: - Because of the dense vegetation cover visibility of wild animals is not 100% guaranteed on a game drive but a great wilderness for nature and sightseeing lovers. Therefore an overnight experience at the tree lodges will be more rewarding for wildlife lovers.

Mount Kenya National Park

Mt. Kenya National Park is the second highest free standing mountain in Africa famous for it snow peaked capes and glacier-clad summits. Vegetation cover varies with change in altitude as you climb up from tropical forest through dense bamboo to the moorlands dominated by grand lobelia and groundsel grass. The highest point of the mountain stands at 5199m at point Batian. As an important water catchment area, the major rivers draining into Lake Victoria and Indian Ocean originate from Mount Kenya. The stunning beauty is manifested in the glaciated peaks, Afro-alpine moorlands, lakes, lush panoramic view from the peak that sweeps across highlandand diverse forests that illustrate outstanding ecological processes hence the status of World Heritage Site.

Major attraction include Pristine wilderness, lakes, tarns, glaciers and peaks of great beauty, geological variety, forest, mineral springs, rare and endangered species of animals, high altitude adapted plains game, unique montane and alpine vegetation with 11 species of endemic plants.

Lake Ratundu & Alice: -These lakes are foundnorth of Mount Kenya with access on horses from the nearby hotels and resorts for day trips. They are characterized by the rugged moorlands alpine zone on Mount Kenya. It is rich in birdlife and its water filled with rainbow trout fish species. Both Lake Ratundu and Alice have plenty of trout fish and an excellent base for sport fishing.

Wild animals present include elephant, buffalo, rhino, tree hyrax, white tailed mongoose, suni, black fronted duiker, mole rat, bushbucks, water buck and elands. Rare animas include leopard, bongo, giant forest hog and over 130 species of birdlife
Activities here include mountain climbing, game viewing, cave exploration, sightseeing, photography, bird watching

Facts:

Mount Kenya is a World Heritage Site
Home to the rare bongo and endangered sykes monkey
Sit on the equator

Meru National Park

Meru National Park is one of Kenya’s wildernesses bringing out true reflection of successful conservation initiative. This park had been run down by poachers but thanks to the government and conservation partners like IFAW for their effort to restore the park to the current wilderness state. Meru is also one of the destination conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised the Lioness(Elsa), the cheetah (Pippa) before they were later released into the wild. It is from Meru where the award winning movie Born Free was staged. The vegetation cover constitute of thorny bush land in the north, wooded grasslands in the West, open grassland and outcrops of kopjes. The park also offers dense riverine forests of doum and raffia palm. Endemic species only found north of the equator like the grevy zebra, beisa oryx, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe are found here. From Meru National Park, one is able to enjoy spectacular views of Adamson falls, Leopard rock, Mount Kenya, river Tana.

Wild animals present include elephant, hippo, lion, leopard, cheetah, black rhinoceros, buffaloes, gazelle (grant & thomson), kirk’s did dik, grezy zebra, reticulated giraffe, bush pig, bohor reedbuck, hartebeest, eland, defassa waterbuck, hippos, reptiles (nile crocodile and puff adder & cobra snake), over 427 species of birdlife (hornbill, African fish eagle, black bellied sunbird, golden breasted starling).

Activities here include game viewing, sightseeing, photography, bird watching

Facts:

Kenya’s wilderness park
Home to the endemic species found north of the equator
Found north of the equator