Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest (1997)
Kenya

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At 5,199 m, Mount Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa. It is an ancient extinct volcano, during whose period of activity (3.12.6 million years ago) it is thought to have risen to 6,500 m. There are 12 remnant glaciers on the mountain, all receding rapidly, and four secondary peaks that sit at the head of the U-shaped glacial valleys. 

Kenya / Uganda / Tanzania 1968. Mount Kenya.

Kenya / Uganda / Tanganyika 1935. Mount Kenya.

With its rugged glacier-clad summits and forested middle slopes, Mount Kenya is one of the most impressive landscapes in East Africa. The evolution and ecology of its afro-alpine flora also provide an outstanding example of ecological processes. 

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Other World Heritage Sites on Kenya (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Kenya section for further information about the individual properties. 

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