Author: Håkon Dahlmo (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5 Generic)
Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest is the national park around the 5,199-meter second highest peak in Africa. The national park was established in 1949, initially as a forest reserve before being upgraded to the status of national park.
The Mount Kenya National Park covers an area of 715 square kilometers, much of it above 3,000 meters in height. In addition to the national park is the natural forest reserve which covers an additional 705 square kilometers, making a total area of 1,420 square kilometers.
Mount Kenya is an extinct volcano which was active some 3.1 to 2.6 million years ago. The mountain used to be as high as 6,500 meters, but has lowered substantially over the millions of years. There are 12 remnant glaciers visible on the face of the mountain and four secondary peaks.
Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 21st session of the World Heritage Committee held in Naples, Italy, on 1-6 December, 1997.
Photos of Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest
Mount Kenya landscape
Author: Chris 73 (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)
Mount Kenya panorama
Author: John Spooner (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)
Chogoria Valley, Mount Kenya
Author: Franco Pecchio (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)
World Heritage Site Inscription Details
Location: N 0 7 26 E 37 20 12
Inscription Year: 1997
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII, IX
Location Map of Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest
to be added soon.