mount Kinangop

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Altitude: 3906 m.a.m.s.l.

The second highest mountain in the Aberdare ranges after Mount Satima.

It usually takes less than a day to the summit and back — depending on where you start from, though can also be part of a longer trek that includes other parts of the ranges and takes several days.

The lower levels are covered in bamboo forests, with tussock grasses taking up most of the higher altitudes1.

On a clear day, the top has amazing views of the rift valley, Elephant hill, mount Kenya, and the rest of the Aberdare ranges

What to do thereTrekking and hiking — no special skills required, game viewing, picnics, bird watching.

The rainy days may require water proof gear and use of 4x4 vehicles to get to the start of the hike.

Best time to visitThe dry days of the year

Location of mount KinangopMount Kinangop sits on the southern end of the Aberdare ranges, with only the elephant hill being south of it.

It is also inside Aberdare national park and a few kilometres south of the equator.

How to get thereBy hiking, normally requiring an armed KWS ranger escort.

A vehicle would only take you most of the way, with the journey to the top being done of foot.

4x4s are usually recommended during the rainy season.

References1. - accessed on 14th February, 2019

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