Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199 m), Nelion (5,188 m) and Point Lenana (4,985 m). Mount Kenya is located in central Kenya, just south of the equator, around 150 kilometres north-northeast of the capital Nairobi.
With its rugged glacier-clad summits and forested middle slopes, Mount Kenya is one of the most impressive landscapes in East Africa.
The flora found on Mount Kenya varies with altitude, aspect and exposure.As the altitude increases, the plants have to be more specialized, with adaptations to strong sunlight with ultrviolet, lower mean temperatures and freezing night temperatures.
The majority of animals live lower down on the slopes of Mount Kenya. Here there is more vegetation and the climate is less extreme. Various species of monkeys, several antelopes, tree hyrax, porcupines and some larger animals such as elephant and buffalo all live in the forest. Predators found here include hyena and leopard, and occasionally lion.
Several bird species live in the Afro-alpine zone, including sunbirds, alpine chats and starlings and the raptors Augur Buzzard, Lammergeier and Verreux’s Eagle, the latter of which specializes in hunting hyraxes.