The Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife has launched a one-month-long photo exhibition at the National Museum of Kenya aimed at raising awareness of Mt Kenya as a prime adventure tourism destination.
The exhibition christened “Mt. Kenya Photography exhibition” will allow the public to interact and purchase amazing pictures of the incongruous Mount Kenya topography as well as showcase adventurers scaling the mountain’s rough terrain.
In a speech read on his behalf by KWS Director for Partnership and Enterprise Edwin Wanyonyi, the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife Najib Balala said there is a big potential for more visitors to tour iconic Mt Kenya, hence the need to continue harnessing resources to improve the visitor experience and to appeal to more adventure seekers and mountain climbers.
“The Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife through the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the Kenya Tourism Board and other partners have put together this exhibition so that we can arouse the interest of Kenyans and other travellers to visit this iconic landmark. Through this exhibition we shall also be raising funds geared towards improving the visitor experience for adventure lovers at the Mountain, “said CS Balala.
Balala invited all and sundry to sample the captivating scenes captured by eminent photographers.
He noted the pictures capture breathtaking scenes and rough terrain which offer excellent opportunities to unwind and are good for health.
The Cabinet Secretary said the Covid pandemic has taught us to learn to do things differently and commended KWS for coming up with the innovative Zuru campaign that has seen millions of Kenyans embrace domestic tourism.
Earlier in May this year, CS Balala alongside KWS Director General Brigadier (Rtd) John Waweru and other dignitaries participated in an expedition of scaling up the mountain to showcase the exciting and immense potential of this gem.
The expedition was a great success that realized Ksh 10 million in cash and kind.
The proceeds are already being ploughed back to among other things improve nature trails, and develop sanitation facilities and hike trails.
The exhibition is a continuation of the exercise to raise more funds to make the mountain a prime spot for adventure tourism activities and hiking.
Some of the partners who have made the expedition and exhibition a success are; Visa Kenya, Vipingo Ridge, Safaricom’s M- Pesa, Huawei, East African Breweries Limited, KCB Bank, and Sahihi Interior Builders among others.
The climbing expedition saw a number of participants tip the mountain’s Lenana point (4,985m).
Mt. Kenya National Park and Reserve
Mt. Kenya National Park and Reserve occupies an area of 2,839 square kilometres.
The park covers 715 square kilometres while the national reserve covers 212 km square kilometres.
This is an enormous land mass that requires adequate coverage by mountain search and rescue teams considering that incidents can occur anywhere within this huge jungle.
There are three main climbing routes to access the peak of Mt. Kenya. These routes require KWS surveillance so as to address; the monitoring of litter management along the routes, responding to emergencies like search and rescues, monitoring and facilitating visitors’ accommodation, protecting KWS equipment on the mountain high altitude zones, monitoring whether and climatic change and collecting daily weather data for onward transmission to the park headquarters, maintaining visitor’s safety while inside the park, among others.
Mount Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa standing at 5,199 M and is one of the key adventure tourism destinations on the continent.
Some of the known attractions at the mountain include the three peaks namely Lenana, Nelion and Batian, lakes which include Alice, Michaelson, Ellis and the diverse vegetation and wildlife.
In addition to Mt Kenya, there are many other hiking trails that form excellent practice for those who plan to summit.
These include Elephant hill, Rurumeria, Ole Satima, Mt Longonot, Table Mountain and seven ponds which provide an opportunity for acclimatization and building of body strength.
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