Facts and Data
Unesco World heritage since: 1997
Size of heritage: 202,334 ha
- Buffer zone: 69,339 ha
At 5,199 m, Mount Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa. It is an ancient extinct volcano, which during its period of activity (3.1-2.6 million years ago) is thought to have risen to 6,500 m. There are 12 remnant glaciers on the mountain, all receding rapidly, and four secondary peaks that sit at the head of the U-shaped glacial valleys. With its rugged glacier-clad summits and forested middle slopes, Mount Kenya is one of the most impressive landscapes in East Africa. The evolution and ecology of its afro-alpine flora provide an outstanding example of ecological and biological processes. Through the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve, the property also incorporates lower lying scenic foothills and arid habitats of high biodiversity, situated in the ecological transition zone between the mountain ecosystem and the semi-arid savanna grasslands. The area also lies within the traditional migrating route of the African elephant population.
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Hotels and places to stay
Medium airport - 24 mi (39 km) Samburu South Airport
Small airport - 30 mi (49 km) Nyeri Airport
Small airport - 43 mi (69 km) Nakuru Airport
Small airport - 86 mi (139 km) Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Large airport - 105 mi (170 km) Nairobi Wilson Airport
Medium airport - 108 mi (174 km) Eldoret International Airport
Medium airport - 145 mi (233 km) Kericho Airport
Small airport - 148 mi (239 km) Mombasa Moi International Airport
Large airport - 329 mi (531 km)
Bigger and popular cities in the wider vicinity are these:
- Ol Kalou
These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.