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Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa. (Mount Kilimanjaro, which is in Tanzania along the Kenyan border, is the highest peak on the continent).

Composed of a huge volcanic base where the outer mantle and crater have eroded away, Mount Kenya has seven primary peaks, and a series of subsidiary cones scattered about its crest.

There are four main routes up Lenana. Sirimon Track is the longest, and driest route, much of it through thick rain forest and fabulous moorlands with long views of the peak.

Noted for its wildlife, Sirimon begins 13 km (8 miles) east of Nanyuki before the bridge crossing the Sirimon River and Timau. The most direct and popular, though less scenic is the Naro Moru route. There are lovely cedar cabins are spaced among giant podocarpus tree, green lawns, garden, and along the south bank of Naro Moru River.

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