Straddling the Equator
Mt. Kenya is Africa's second highest peak— reaching 5,100 meters ASL, and surrounded by ice fields. At lower altitudes, high alpine vegetation becomes thick bamboo forest and alpine rainforest. The lower slopes are home to large wild animals, notably elephant, buffalo, various antelope and giant forest hog, all of which enjoy the protection of the National Park and the forest reserve that surrounds the entire mountain. This combination of extreme altitude and equatorial location makes Mt. Kenya a particularly special coffee region.