The World List of Natural Sites of Tourist Attraction
Mount Kenya National Park was established in 1949 to protect Mount Kenya, the wildlife and surrounding environment, which forms a habitat for wild animals, as well as acting as an area for the catchment of water, to supply Kenya's water.
Initially, it was a forest reserve, before being announced as a national park. Currently, the national park is encircled by the forest reserve. The Government of Kenya had four reasons for creating a national park on and around Mount Kenya. These were the importance of tourism for the local and national economies, to preserve an area of great scenic beauty, to conserve the biodiversity within the park, and to preserve the water-catchment for the surrounding area.
The year of entering to the World List of Tourist Attractions: 2018