MOUNT KENYA

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Mount Kenya National Park is located 175 km from Nairobi and was opened to visitors in December 1949. It covers an area of about 715 square kilometers around Mt Kenya, between altitudes of 11,000ft and 17,058ft above sea level. At 5,199m the mountain is the second highest peak in Africa. Mt. Kenya is an important water tower in the country. Spectacular scenery is an important aspect of the park, with lovely lakes, tarns, glaciers, peaks and natural mineral springs in the area.

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MOUNT KENYA NATIONAL PARK

Mount Kenya National Park was established in 1949 and covers an area of 715 square kilometers (276 square miles). It comprises of small sections of the higher forest and bamboo forest , alpine moorlands, glaciers and tarns. It is dominated by the two peaks of the mountain, Batian (5,200 meters – 17,058 feet) and Nelion (5,188 meters – 17,022 feet).
The visitor to Mount Kenya National Park does not need to be an experienced mountaineer, and access to the alpine moorlands is easy through the Sirimon Track which branches to the right off the main Nanyuki-Isiolo Road several kilometers north of Nanyuki. The trail passes through magnificent stands of juniper and podocarpus before reaching the high altitude bamboo forest with mighty gorges and trout streams. Elephants and buffalos are common and Black Rhino exist but are not often seen. In the early morning there are always Bushbuck, Bush Duiker, Leopard and the elusive Bongo if one is very lucky.

Mammals

Another route of access is through a turn off the Nyeri-Nanyuki road near Naro Moru. This easy track is now the most used access to the Park but it end at the upper level of the forest, after which one proceeds on foot. There are lodge huts at the highest point suitable for those carrying their own beddings and food. Mountain Lodge at a little over 2,134 meters (7,000 feet) in the Mount Kenya Forest, is an outstanding attraction. Several mammals can be seen here which are encountered rarely elsewhere such as Bush Pig, Giant Forest Hog, Large Spotted Genet, Tree Hyrax, Greater Galago, White-tailed Mongoose, Swamp Mongoose, Black-tipped Mongoose, Large Grey Mongoose, Elephant, Black Rhinoceros, Buffalo, Bush Buck, Red Duiker, Suni, Defassa Waterbuck and Leopard.Birds seen from the Lodge include Green Ibis, African Duck, Ayres’, Hawk Eagle, Rufous-breasted and Great Sparrow Hawk, Scaly Francolin, Silver-cheeked Hornbill, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Red-headed Parrot, Bronze-naped Pigeon, Mackinder’s Eagle owl, Ruppel’s robin Chat and various Sunbirds. 

Birds

Birds are abundant in the forest, but sometimes Ayres’ Hawk Eagle and the Crowned Hawk Eagle may be seen soaring over their hunting grounds. Red-headed Parrot and Hartlaub’s Turaco frequent fruiting podocarpus trees. The rare Mount Kenya race of the Green Ibis feeds in marshy forest glades and another rare bird, the Abyssinian Long-eared Owl, has been recorded from the high forest near the Sirimon Track.
The high altitude forest merges into bamboo zone and this in turn changes into hypericum scrub before reached the moorlands. When in flower the hypericum trees are a glory of golden yellow blossoms and alive with brightly-colored Sunbirds.
Two interesting small mammals live in this zone, the Mount Kenya Mole Rat and Mount Kenya Mole Shrew, a species known only from this mountain although a closely related form occurs on the Aberdare National Park.
The flora of the alpine moorlands of Mount Kenya is outstanding with its giant Senecios, Lobelias and Heaths and many colourful true alpines. Two species of giant Lobelias are common, the narrow feathery-leafed Lobelia telekii and the broad-leafed Lobelia keneiensis. Scarlet-tufted Malachite Sunbirds feed at the half-hidden blossoms and Slender-billed Chestnut-winged Starlings search the plant for the tin-shelled snails which are found here.

MAMMALS OF MOUNT KENYA NATIONAL PARK

African Elephant in Tarangire National Park
  • Mole Shrew
  • Banana Bat
  • Sykes’ Monkey
  • Olive Baboon
  • Black and White Colobus
  • Silver-backed Jackal
  • Side-striped Jackal
  • African Civet
  • Large-spotted Genet
  • Black-tipped Mongoose
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• White-tailed Mongoose
• Swamp Mongoose
• Large Grey Mongoose
• Spotted Hyena
• African Wild Cat
• Lion
• Leopard
• Tree Hyrax
• Rock Hyrax
• Africa Elephant

Ngorongoro Crater
  • African Buffalo
  • African Hare
  • Porcupine
  • Black Rhinoceros
  • Common Zebra
  • Giant Forest Hog
  • Bush Pig
  • Red Duiker
  • Black-fronted Duiker
  • Bush Duiker
African Giraffes in Lake Manyara National Park
  • Klipsringer
  • Suni
  • Chanler’s Reedbuck
  • Bongo
  • Bushbuck
  • African Hare
  • Porcupine
  • Crested Rat
  • Mt Kenya Mole Rat
  • African Dormouse

BIRDS OF MOUNT KENYA NATIONAL PARK

Weaver bird in Tarangire National Park
  • Masai Ostrich
  • Great-crested Grebe
  • Little Grebe
  • Long-tailed Cormorant
  • African Darter
  • White Pelican
  • Pink-backed Pelican
  • Grey Heron
  • Goliath Heron
  • Purple Heron
  • Black-headed Heron
  • Reef Heron
  • Great White Egret
  • Yellow-billed Egret
  • Little Egret
  • Cattle Egret
  • Squacco Heron
  • Green-backed Heron
  • Little Bittern
  • Dwarf Bittern
  • Night Heron
  • Hamerkop
  • White Stork
  • European Black Stork
  • Wooly-necked Stork
  • Abdim’s Strok
  • Open-billed Stork
  • Saddle-billed Stork
  • Marabou Strok
  • Yellow-billed Stork
  • Sacred Ibis
  • Hadada Ibis
  • Glossy Ibis
  • African Spoonbill
  • Greater Flamingo
  • Lesser Flamingo
  • Maccoa Duck
  • African Pochard
  • Tufted Duch
  • Gargancy Teal
  • Hottentot Teal
  • Red-billed Duck
  • Knob-billed Duck
  • Yellow-billed Duck
  • Egyptian Goose
  • Spur-winged Goose
  • Secretary Bird
  • Ruppell’s Vulture
  • White-faced Vulture
  • Lapet-faced Vulture
  • White-headed Vulture
  • White-headed Vulture
  • Egyptian Vulture
  • Hooded Vulture
  • Peregrine
  • Lanner
  • European Hobby
  • White-eyed Kestrel
  • Lesser Kestrel
  • African Kestrel
  • Grey Kestrel
  • Pygmy Falcon
  • Cuckoo Falcon
  • Black Kite
  • Black-shouldered Kite
  • Bat Hawk
  • Honey Buzzard
  • Steppe Eagle
  • Tawny Eagle
  • Wahlberg’s Eagle
  • African Hawk Eagle
  • Ayre’s Hawk Eagle
  • Booted Eagle
  • Martial Eagle
  • Crowned Hawk Eagle
  • Long-crested Eagle
  • Lizard Buzzard
  • Brown Harrier Eagle
  • Black-chested Harrier Eagle
  • Banded Harrier Eagle
  • Bateleur
  • African Fish Eagle
  • Lammergeyer
  • Steppe Buzzard
  • Auger Buzzard
  • Little Sparrow Hawk
  • Shikra
  • African Goshawk
  • Gabar Goshawk
  • Pale Chanting Goshawk
  • Dark Chanting Goshawk
  • Montagu’s Harrier
  • Pallid Harrier
  • European Marsh Harrier
  • African Marsh Harrier
  • Harrier Hawk
  • Coqui Francolin
  • Shelley’s Francolin
  • Crested Francolin
  • Grey-winged Francolin
  • Scaly Francolin
  • Yellow-necked Spur-fowl
  • Red-necked Spur-fowl
  • Grey-breasted Spur-fowl
  • Cape Quail
  • Harlequin Quail
  • Blue Quail
  • Helmeted Guinea-fowl
  • Crested Guinea-fowl
  • European Corn Crake
  • African Crake
  • Black Crake
  • White-spotted Pygmy Crake
  • Crowned Crane
  • Kori Bustard
  • Jackson’s Bustard
Tarangire National Park

 

  • White-bellied Bustard
  • Black-bellied Bustard
  • Hartlaub’s Bustard
  • Spotted Stone Curlew
  • Water Dikkop
  • African Jacana
  • Ringed Plover
  • Chestnut-banded Sand Plover
  • Kittlitz’s Plover
  • Three-banded Plover
  • Caspian Plover
  • Crowned Plover
  • Senegal Plover
  • Blacksmith Plover
  • Brown-chested Wattle Plover
  • Wattled Plover
  • Avocet
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • European Common Snipe
  • Great Snipe
  • African Snipe
  • Curlew Sandpiper
  • Little Stint
  • Ruff
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Green Sandpiper
  • Wood Sandpiper
  • Marsh Sandpiper
  • Greenshank
  • Curlew
  • Temminck’s Courser
  • Two-banded Courser
  • Heuglin’s Courser
  • Bronze-winged Courser
  • Grey-headed Gull
  • Gull-billed Tern
  • White-winged Black Tern
  • African Skimmer
  • Button Quail
  • Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse
  • Black-faced Sandgrouse
  • Yellow-throated Sandgrouse
  • Speckled Pigeon
  • Olive Pigeon
  • Red-eyed Dove
  • Mourning Dove
  • Ring-necked Dove
  • Laughing Dove
  • Namaqua Dove
  • Tambourine Dove
  • Emerald-spotted Wood Dove
  • Green Pigeon
  • European Cuckoo
  • African Cuckoo
  • Red-chested Cuckoo
  • Black Cuckoo
  • Great Spotted Cuckoo
  • Levaillant’s Cuckoo
  • Black and White Cuckoo
  • Emerald Cuckoo
  • Didric Cuckoo
  • Klaa’s Cuckoo
  • Blue-headed Coucal
  • Senegal Coucal
  • White-browed Coucal
  • Green or Yellow-billed Coucal
  • Schalow’s Turaco
  • Hartlaub’s Turaco
  • Ross’s Turaco
  • Eastern Grey Plantain-eater
  • Bare-faced Go-away-bird
  • Fischer’s Lovebird
  • Brown Parrot
  • European Roller
  • Lilac-breasted Roller
  • Rufous-crowned Roller
  • Broad-billed Roller
  • Pied Kingfisher
  • Pygmy Kingfisher
  • Woodland Kingfisher
  • Giant Kingfisher
  • Malachite Kingfisher
  • Brown-hooded Kingfisher
  • Grey-headed Kingfisher
  • Striped Kingfisher
  • European Bee-eater
  • Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
  • Madagascar Bee-eater
  • White-throated Bee-eater
  • Little Bee-eater
  • Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater
  • Blue-breasted Bee-eater
  • White-throated Bee-eater
  • Black and White-casqued Hornbill
  • Grey Hornbill
  • Red-billed Hornbill
  • Von der Decken’s Hornbill
  • Ground Hornbill
  • Crowned Hornbill
  • European Hoopoe
  • African Hoopoe
  • Green Wood Hoopoe
  • Violet Wood Hoopoe
  • Scimitar-bill
  • Abyssinian Scimitar-bill
  • Barn Owl
  • African Wood Owl
  • African Marsh Owl
  • African Scops Owl
  • White-faced Scops Owl
  • Pearl-spotted Owlet
  • Spotted Eagle Owl
  • Verreaux’s Eagle Owl 
  • European Nightjar
  • Dusky Nightjar
  • Freckled Nightjar
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  • Plain Nightjar
  • White-tailed Nightjar
  • Gaboon Nightjar
  • Pennant-wing Nightjar
  • Long-tailed Nightjar
  • Speckled Mousebird
  • Blue-naped Mousebird
  • Narina’s Trogon
  • Double-toothed Barbet
  • Black-billed Barbet
  • White-headed Barbet
  • Brown-throated Barbet
  • Spotted-flanked Barbet
  • Red-fronted Barbet
  • Grey-throated Barbet
  • Yellow-spotted Barbet
  • Red and Yellow Barbet
  • Red-fronted Tinkerbird
  • D’Anaud’s Barbet
  • Yellow-billed Barbet
  • Greater Honeyguide
  • Lesser Honeyguide
  • Wahlberg’s Honeyguide
  • Nubian Woodpecker
  • Cardinal Woodpecker
  • Little Spotted Woodpecker
  • Brown-backed Woodpecker
  • Bearded Woodpecker
  • Grey Woodpecker
  • Red-breasted Wryneck
  • Nyanza Swift
  • Mottled Swift
  • Little Swift
  • White-rumped Swift
  • Palm Swift
  • African Broadbill
  • Redwing Bush Lark
  • Rufous-naped Lark
  • Flappet Lark
  • Fawn-coloured Lark
  • Fischer’s Sparrow Lark
  • Red-capped Lark
  • Short-tailed Lark
  • African Pied Wagtail
  • Mountain Wagtail
  • Well’s Wagtail
  • European Grey Wagtail
  • Blue-headed Wagtail
  • Long-billed Pipit
  • Plain-backed Pipit
  • Richard’s Pipit
  • Little Tawny Pipit
  • Tree Pipit
  • Red-throated Pipit
  • Yellow-throated Longclaw
  • Rosy-breasted Longclaw
  • Arrow-marked Babbler
  • Black-lored Babbler
  • Rufous Chatterer
  • Yellow-vented Bulbul
  • Fischer’s Greenbul
  • Yellow-whiskered Greenbul
  • European Spotted Flychatcher
  • Dusky Flycatcher
  • Ashy Flycatcher
  • Pale Flycatcher
  • Grey Flycatcher
  • South Africa Balck Flycatcher
  • Paradise Flycatcher
  • Black Flycatcher
  • Silverbird
  • Chin-spotted Flycatcher
  • Wattle-eye
  • Wattle-eyed Flycatcher
  • Paradise Flycatcher
  • African Thrush
  • European Rock Thrush
  • European Common Wheatear
  • Isabelline Wheatear
  • Pied Wheatear
  • Capped Wheatear
  • Red-tailed Chat
  • Cliff Chat
  • Sooty Chat
  • Anteater Chat
  • European Whinchat
  • White-browed Robin Chat
  • Red-backed Scrub Robin
  • White-throated Robin
  • Garden Warbler
  • Blackcap Warbler
  • Great Reed Warbler
  • European Sedge Warbler
  • European Willow Warbler
  • Fan-tailed Warbler
  • Buff-bellied Warbler
  • Black-breasted Apalis
  • White-winged Scrub Robin
  • European Nightingale
  • Sprosser
  • European Whitethroat
  • Banded Tit-warbler
  • Red-faced Crombec
  • Yellow-bellied Eremomela
  • Grey-backed Camaroptera
  • Pectral-patch Cisticola
  • Rattling Cisticola
  • Croaking Cisticola
  • Winding Cisticola
  • Tiny Cisticola
  • Tawny-flanked Prinia
  • African Moustached Warbler
  • European Swallow
  • Angola Swallow
  • Blue Swallow
  • Wire-tailed Swallow
tarangire hornbill
  • Red-rumped Swallow
  • African Rock Martin
  • Banded Martin
  • Black Rough-wing Swallow
  • Black Cuckoo Shrike
  • Grey Cukoo Shrike
  • Drongo
  • Straight-crested Helmet Shrike
  • White-crowned Shrike
  • Northern Brubru
  • Grey-backed Fiscal
  • Fiscal Shrike
  • Lesser Grey Shrike
  • Red-backed Shrike
  • Red-tailed Shrike
  • Magpie Shrike
  • Black-headed Gonolek
  • Slate-coloured Boubou
  • Tropical Boubou
  • Black-backed Puff-back
  • Puff-back Shrike
  • Black-headed Tchagra
  • Sulphur-breasted Bush Shrike
  • Grey-headed Bush Shrike
  • White-breasted Tit
  • Rosy Patched Shrike
  • Yellow White-eye
  • Malachite Sunbird
  • Bronze Sunbird
  • Beautiful Sunbird
  • Golden-winged Sunbird
  • Little Purple-banded Sunbird
  • Mariqua Sunbird
  • Scarlet-chested Sunbird
  • Green-headed Sunbird
  • Olive Sunbird
  • Collared Sunbird
  • Violet-backed Sunbird
  • Kenya Violet-backed Sunbird
  • Buffalo Weaver
  • White-headed Buffalo Weaver
  • White-browed Sparrow Weaver
  • Rufous-tailed Weaver
  • Grey-headed Social Weaver
  • Rufous Sparrow
  • Swahili Sparrow
  • Chestnut Sparrow
  • Yellow-spotted Petronia
  • Speckled-fronted Weaver
  • Black-headed Weaver
  • Masked Weaver
  • Vitelline Masked Weaver
  • Little Weaver
  • Chestnut Weaver
  • Black-necked Weaver
  • Speckled Weaver
  • Holub’s Golden Weaver
  • Vieillot’s Black Weaver
  • Black-billed Weaver
  • Grosbeak Weaver
  • Red-headed Weaver
  • Red-billed Quelea
  • Red-headed Quelea
  • Cardinal Quelea
  • Red-winged Bishop
  • Black-winged Bishop
  • Yellow Bishop
  • Fan-tailed Widow-bird
  • White-winged Widow-bird
  • Yellow-mantled Widow-bird
  • Bronze Mannikin
  • Black and White Mannikin
  • Grey-headed Silverbill
  • Grey-headed Negro Finch
  • Quail Finch
  • Cut-throat
  • Parasitic Weaver
  • Green-backed Twin-spot
  • Green-Winged Pytilia
  • African Fire Finch
  • Jameson’s Fire Finch
  • Red-billed Fire Finch
  • Yellow-billed Waxbill
  • Waxbill
  • Black-cheeked Waxbill
  • Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu
  • Blue-capped Cordon-bleu
  • Purple Grenadier
  • Indigo-bird
  • Pin-tailed Whydah
  • Steel-blue Whydah
  • Paradise Whydah
  • Fischer’s Straw-tailed Whydah
  • Yellow-fronted Canary
  • White-bellied Canary
  • Brimstone Canary
  • Streaky Seed-eater
  • Golden-breasted Bunting
  • Common-breasted Rock Bunting
  • White-breasted Tit
  • Red-throated Tit
  • African Penduline Tit
  • Black-headed Oriole
  • Wattled Starling
  • Violet-backed Starling
  • Blue-eared Glossy Starling
  • Ruppell’s Long-tailed Starling
  • Hildebrandt’s Starling
  • Superb Starling
  • Ashy Starling
  • Yellow-billed Oxpecker
  • Red-billed Oxpecker
  • Pied Crow
  • Cape Rook
  • White-naped Raven
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