If you're looking for a unique safari region in Africa, look no further than Mount Kenya. As Captain Jako Hall explains, the safari region straddles the equator yet is home to icy glaciers and alpine forests.
The Mount Kenya region is home to a wide array of wildlife and unique landscapes that can't be found anywhere else. It can be hard to narrow down your itinerary with so much to do.
Here are seven exciting activities you don't want to miss if you're planning a trip to the region.
Activity #1. Mountain Climb
An obvious place to start is mountain climbing or hiking in the region. The great part about the Mount Kenya safari region is that there are seven different routes that you can take on the mountain.
Some of these routes are longer and easier, while others are only for more experienced climbers.
Activity #2. Game Drive
Game drives are another must-do activity in the region. While in Mount Kenya National Park, you'll have plenty of opportunities to see a huge selection of animals, from buffaloes to antelopes, elephants and mongooses.
One of the best ways to see them all is to go on a drive. The best times to do this is early in the morning or early in the evening.
Activity #3. Birdwatching
The region is home to many species of birds, which can make for an exciting activity in the park. Bird watchers can view these species from the region's lakes or while sitting on the slopes of Mount Kenya. Bring a good set of binoculars, pack some lunch, and sit back and relax while you spot birds.
Activity #4. Camp Near Caves
If you're looking for a rugged outdoor experience, there are plenty of spots where you can camp right near Mount Kenya. You can get hands-on experience of living in pristine nature at a camping site. While there, you can visit the many caves on the mountain.
Activity #5. Guided Tour
Another popular activity is taking a guided tour through the region. Tourism companies abound, providing you with plenty of options for structuring your guided tour.
Many companies will arrange transportation, accommodation, food and organised activities for you. This takes the guesswork out of your trip and provides you with the best chance to see as much as possible in a short amount of time.
Activity #6. Ragati Conservancy
You can visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site that sits right on the southern slopes of Mount Kenya. The Ragati Conservancy consists of the afro-montane forest and the afro-alpine heath. The vast ecosystem is home to abundant wildlife surrounding the Ragati River and its various tributaries. It's a can't-miss attraction.
Activity #7. Take in the Scenery
Many of the activities in the Mount Kenya region are physically demanding. The good news is that there are plenty of places where you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the surroundings.
Captain Jako Hall suggests finding a good place to perch yourself and watch the amazing environment come to life right in front of you. It's always wise to set aside at least part of your vacation to relax and take it all in.
About Jako Hall
Captain Jako Hall is an experienced mariner and a former naval officer known for his strong work ethic and ability to lead and motivate crews. He pursued Maritime Studies at the University of Technology in Cape Town and has received the highest level of training in Navigation and Seamanship during his years in the Navy. After 13 distinguished years in the Navy, Jako joined the superyacht industry, following his passion for creating unique and exclusive experiences for high-net-worth clients. He's managed multi-million euro projects that required attention to detail and efficiency and has a proven track record of operating at sea in remote and unsupported areas.