Why Mount Kenya Is Africa’s Best Peak
It does look as if God could dwell here.
Every year, about 35,000 people try to climb Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro. So many, in fact, that the trails of Africa’s highest mountain have come to look like rush-hour lanes of the San Diego Freeway. But 300 miles north, on Mount Kenya, there is much lighter traffic. In August, my 16-year-old son, Eamon, and I had the path all to ourselves.
But that wasn’t the only reason we chose the continent’s second-tallest peak. We’d also heard that this UNESCO World Heritage site had a more intriguing landscape – lakes and gorges, freaky flora and fauna, over 130 species of birds. To the people of Kenya (the country took its name from the mountain), it is like Mount Olympus. The Kikuyu, the Embu, and the Kamba believed God dwelled here.