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.- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)
2 sites in this World Heritage
- Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest
- Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
- UNESCO Official Site
- Mount Kenya National Park & Reserve | Kenya Wildlife Service
- Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest - National Museums of Kenya
- Mount Kenya National Park / Natural Forest - Kenya | African World Heritage Sites
- Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest | World Heritage Outlook
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