For updated news about the mountain, contact the senior warden of Mt. Kenya National Park (tel. 020/356 8763; firstname.lastname@example.org). A far better option is to contact The Mountain Club of Kenya (tel. 020/60-2330; www.mck.or.ke; MCKenya@iname.com); their website was being updated at press time.
Mt. Kenya is accessible from Nairobi via the busy A2 highway; if you are in any way nervous on the road (and when traveling on any public roads in Kenya, you really should be), you might be better off going by air, despite the fact the road to Nanyuki is considered one of the more manageable, well-maintained routes in the country, and the journey takes as little as 2 1/2 hours. The advantage of being driven is that you'll have easy access to your own vehicle while in the Highlands -- useful if you're planning to cover a lot of ground, less so if you're coming purely to go trekking or are about to check in at a safari lodge for the duration of your stay. The more elegant way of reaching Mt. Kenya is to land at Nanyuki's commercial airstrip. AirKenya (www.airkenya.com) has one daily flight from Nairobi's Wilson Airport to Nanyuki (9:15am), and Safarilink (www.safarilink-kenya.com) flies the same route each day at 8 and 10:20am.
As mentioned, if you're planning to move extensively around this region, you'd do well to arrive under your own steam with a 4X4 and driver who knows the area well; your ground operator will organize this for you or fix the details of any local pick-ups that need arranging. Most of the safari lodges and camps will pick you up from Nanyuki's little airport.
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