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Aberdare National Park

Aberdare National Park is a national park with majestic peaks, moorlands, and beautiful falls. Aberdare National Park covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Range of central Kenya. The National Park is diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes. Animals easily observed in the park include; the Black Rhino, leopard, baboon, black and white Colobus monkey, and sykes monkey. Rarer sightings include those of lions, the golden cat, and the bongo- an elusive forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. Animals like the eland and spotted and melanistic serval cats can be found higher up in the moorlands.

There are plenty of picnics for visitors, trout fishing in the rivers, and camping in the moorlands. Bird viewing is rewarding, with over 250 species of birds in the park, including the Jackson’s Francolin, sparry hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.

Overview: Aberdare National Park

Aberdare National Park is a national park with majestic peaks, moorlands, and beautiful falls. Aberdare National Park covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Range of central Kenya. The National Park is diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes. Animals easily observed in the park include; the Black Rhino, leopard, baboon, black and white Colobus monkey, and sykes monkey. Rarer sightings include those of lions, the golden cat, and the bongo- an elusive forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. Animals like the eland and spotted and melanistic serval cats can be found higher up in the moorlands.

There are plenty of picnics for visitors, trout fishing in the rivers, and camping in the moorlands. Bird viewing is rewarding, with over 250 species of birds in the park, including the Jackson’s Francolin, sparry hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.

The park is located about 100 km north of Nairobi and stretches over a wide variety of terrain at altitudes from 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) to 4,000 metres (13,000 ft). Established in May 1950, the Aberdare National Park covers an area of 766 square kilometers and forms part of the Aberdare Mountain Range. The park contains a wide range of landscapes – from mountain peaks that rise to 4,000 metres (13,000 ft) above sea level, to their deep, v-shaped valleys intersected by streams, rivers, and waterfalls. Moorland, bamboo forests and rainforests are found at lower altitudes.

Climate:

  • Mist and rain occur throughout much of the year, with precipitation varying from around 1000mm yearly on the north-western slopes to as much as 3000mm in the southeast. Heavy rainfall occurs throughout most of the year.

Activities:

  • Game viewing
  • Camping
 

How To Get There: Aberdare National Park

By Roads:

The park is readily accessible on tarmac from Nyeri and Naro Moru on the eastern side (160 kms from Nairobi). A road crosses the park to connect with another from Naivasha and North Kinangop on the west. The main towns from which the park can be approached are Nyeri (154 km from Nairobi) Nyahururu (188 km from Nairobi) and Naivasha (87 km from Nairobi).

By Air:

Mweiga Airstrip, next to the park headquarters or Nyeri Airstrip which is 12 km from Mweiga headquarters.

Park Access Gates:

  • Ark Gate
  • Treetops Gate
  • Ruhuruini Gate
  • Kiandagoro Gate
  • Mutubio, Wandare, Shamata and Rhino
 

Wildlife: Aberdare National Park;

Aberdare National Park has plenty of attractions to offer visitors, from Lesatima peak, Kinangop peak, waterfalls, walks in the moorlands, Twin hills, Elephant hills and Table mountains,  Second largest population of black rhinos in Salient and Northern Aberdare, Queen Elizabeth learned of her accession to the throne at Tree-tops Lodge, The Kimathi Hideout/Mau Mau caves.

Wildlife: Aberdare National Park;
  • Aberdare National Park is home to most of the larger mammals, having a large population of black rhino. The park is home to most endangered species which include: the rare Bongo, Giant Forest Hog, Packs of the now very rare Wild Hunting Dogs and Endemic mole-rate and mole shrew.
  • Other game include: Leopard, Serval cats, Endemic bird species, reptiles, insects.
Birding;
  • Aberdare national park has a recorded 250 bird species in the park.

    Where To Stay: Aberdare National Park

    In – Park Accommodation.

    Lodges;

    • The Ark managed by Fairmont Hotels
    • The Aberdare Country Club
    • Tree Tops – Managed by Aberdare Safari Hotels

    KWS Self – Catering Accommodation:

    Fishing Lodge;

    • Ruhuruini
    • (Tusk Camp)
    • Sapper Hut; KWS Hut at Treetops; KWS HQ bungalow.

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    Best Time To Visit:

    • All year round

    Attractions: Aberdare National Park

    Aberdare National Park has plenty of attractions to offer visitors, from Lesatima peak, Kinangop peak, waterfalls, walks in the moorlands, Twin hills, Elephant hills and Table mountains,  Second largest population of black rhinos in Salient and Northern Aberdare.