The rugged peaks of Mount Kenya, sacred to the local Kikuyu tribe, dominate the landscape of the Central Highlands. The name Kenya in fact derives from the Akamba word Kiinya - mountain of the ostrich - as the twin peaks of Nelion and Batian are said to look like an ostrich feather.
Mount Kenya is Africa's second highest mountain, impressive from a distance and endlessly rewarding close up. There's the challenge of climbing it of course, but following one of its many hiking trails is almost as satisfying. The trails weave their way through rich and varied flora, with thick forest on the lower slopes, then bamboo, montane heath and Afro-alpine moorland before the barren peaks begin.
Mount Kenya National Park is as rich in fauna as it is in flora. Myriad monkeys, elephants and buffalos can be seen, as can rhinos, leopards and lions, though not as frequently. Smaller creatures add to the ambience - the birds, insects and frogs provide a soundtrack day and night.