The Kenyan tourism circuit is synonymous with abundant wildlife, epic safaris and lounging on warm sandy beaches. Time has come for players in the industry to diversify. This opportunity came calling when the 7 summits challenge happened. The aim of this expedition is to scale seven mountains within a specified time while raising awareness on a particular challenge.
The 7 summits challenge is currently taking place in the East Africa region. The team also aims to raise awareness about endangered species, namely, the elephant and the nearly extinct white rhino. The hope is that this will help boost conservation efforts as well as encourage more people to experience the African mountains on foot. The mountains that are in the lineup include Mt. Stanley, Mt. Speke, Mt. Meru, Mt. Karisimbi, the active volcano Mt. Nyiragongo, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya.
The Kenyan government through the Cabinet Secretary in the ministry of Tourism, Najib Balala, supported the Kenyan part of this noble cause. The Minister participated in a three day hike to the top of Mt. Kenya, reaching the third highest point, Lenana on the 16th November 2017. His participation and support is meant to benchmark the country as a favorable destination for mountain climbing.
Other than Mt. Kenya, there are some other gorgeous mountains perfect for mountaineering includes:
Mt.Elgon: is the highest and oldest shield volcano in east Africa. It is located on the border of Kenya and Uganda, right in the middle of Mt. Elgon National Park. The mountain has cliffs, waterfalls, gorges, hot springs, wildlife and birds that offer a wider range of activities like camping, nature walks and game watching, not just mountain climbing.
Mt. Marsabit: is a forested mountain with three crater lakes (the best known one is Lake Paradise) and an abundant variety of wildlife. It is located in Kenya’s largest county, Marsabit, on the northern part of the country.
Oldonyo Sabuk: the name means large mountain in the Maasai language. It is situated 40KM north if Nairobi. At the highest peak, one can view both Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro. It rises to about 2,145km above sea level making it ideal for families and groups as the trail is not so punishing to require skilled mountaineers
Mt. Longonot : is a mountain with a crater at the top located in the great Rift Valley. The entire mountain is a national park, hosting a number of wildlife, including the plains zebra, African leopard, Thompson’s gazelle, buffaloes and many more. It also offers a breath taking view of Lake Naivasha from its peak of 2,276m above sea level.
Menengai crater: is among the largest surviving craters in the world. Rising to a height of 2,278m, it offers some scenic views of Lake Bogoria, Lake Nakuru and the Rift Valley floor. It is also a fantastic place for taking photos. It is located afew kilometers north of Nakuru town.