Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya
Mount Kenya National Park is located to the east of the Great Rift Valley, about 175km North-East of Nairobi. The ecosystem lies in Central and Eastern provinces of Kenya the national park and is encircled by the forest reserve. At 5,199m the mountain is the second highest peak in Africa. Mount Kenya is an important water tower in the country. It provides water for about 50% of the country’s population and produces 70% of Kenya’s hydroelectric power.
UNESCO inscribed Mount Kenya as a World Heritage Site. The mountain is described as one of the most impressive landscapes in Eastern Africa with its rugged glacier-clad summits, Afro-alpine moorlands and diverse forests which illustrate outstanding ecological processes. Moreover, it is said that the government of Kenya had four reasons for fostering a national park on and around Mount Kenya.
These reasons are:
– the significance of tourism for the local and national
– to conserve an area of substantial and great picturesque beauty
– aiming to preserve the biodiversity within the bounds of the park, and
– maintaining the water-catchment for the encompassing area