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The beautiful Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa, with its highest point being Batian peak at 5,199 metres, and Nelion point at 5,188 metres, both of which are are technical ascents. Point Lenana at 4,985 metres is the usual summit which non-specialist climbers reach.
The mountain is a stratovolcano created approximately 3 million years after the opening of the East African rift. It was covered by an ice cap for thousands of years. This has resulted in many eroded slopes and numerous valleys radiating from the centre. There are currently 11 small glaciers. The forested slopes are an important source of water for much of Kenya.
Known to the local tribe as Kirinyaga meaning ‘there is an ostrich’ because of its black and white appearance, it is home to the famous giant groundsel and many other lobelias. Various species of wildlife can be found all over the mountain, eland and zebra wander high into the moorland, whilst elephant, bushbuck, leopard, and colobus monkeys are seen in the forests as well as