Four Mountains to Conquer in Kenya
Trekking and mountain climbing are one of the most exciting sport activities. Who does not like seeing the world from above where everything seems to be so small and innocent?
10 km north of Nakuru one have a chance to spot one of the biggest calderas in the world – Menengai. Although still active, it is safe for trekking lovers. Climbing up to 2,278 meters, one can be bedazzled by the views and, if lucky, even see the neighboring Lake Nakuru.
This highest Kenyan mountain and second-highest in Africa is a tough cookie to climb. Trekking is a good way to climb up, but to get to the top, one need to have advanced gear and bouldering skills. The peak of the mountain is rocky and recommended to climb only for those who know advanced techniques. The mountain was created over 3 million years ago after the East African rift opened and was covered by ice cap for a very long time. That caused visible erosion on its slopes. The highest peak Batian reaches up to 5,199 meters and gives a spectacular view.
Known for its specific shape, Mount Longonot may be one of the most popular weekend getaways from Nairobi. Challenging but within a range of a person with average condition, the mount can be conquered within a few hours. For those looking for spectacular views, it is possible to trek around the crater too.
Located on a border between Kenya and Uganda, Mount Elgon amazes. Many geologists named it the oldest extinct volcano in Africa. From Kenyan side, tourists can access two peaks – Koitobos (4,222 meters) and Sudek (4,302 meters).
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A rewarding view of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Naivasha meets you at the top as is a virgin forest of small trees covering the crater, with steam vents spaced around the walls. Longonot is home to Buffaloes, Gazelles, the Impala and giraffes with rare sighting of leopards.
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