The central highlands in Kenya follow steep valleys and mountains as they roll across a landscape of riverine forest, acacia trees, and savannah. Mount Kenya observes the land below from her craggy peaks, while the Aberdare Mountain Range stretches itself 160 kilometres. Mount Kenya gives life to the rushing waterfalls of Aberdare National Park and the Ewaso Ng’iro coursing through the Samburu National Reserve.
The primary source of life in the highlands is undoubtedly Mount Kenya, the second-highest mountain in Africa. Aberdare Mountain Range, however, is not to be outdone in length or diversity. The Aberdare National Park’s lush vegetation and water sources attract elephants, golden cats, and leopards to name but a few. Samburu National Reserve is home to three big cats who roam alongside the likes of elephants, hippos, and the famed oryx-adopting lioness, Kamunyak.
Lovers of great heights and fresh air will feel at home in this part of Kenya. With endless hiking trails, either to the peaks of Mount Kenya or to the waterfalls of Aberdare National Park, visitors will find ample space to stretch their legs. For those who’d rather observe the wildlife stretch theirs, Samburu National Reserve offers excellent game-viewing opportunities.
- Mount Kenya is the second-highest mountain in Africa, offering a number of hiking routes suitable for different fitness levels
- The Aberdare National Park is home to the 160km-long Aberdare Mountain Range and the elusive African golden cat
- Samburu’s most famous resident is the lioness, Kamunyak, who adopted several oryx calves
- Varied landscape of riverine forest, acacia trees, and savannah
- Spot large populations of elephants and hippos