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Aberdare National Park

Aberdare National Park, Diverse With Deep Ravines That Cut Through The Forested Eastern And Western Slopes

Aberdare National Park in Kenya is a national park with majestic peaks, moorlands, and beautiful falls. It 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

Overview: Amboseli National Park

Amboseli National park is famous for being the best place in the world to get close to free-ranging elephants. Other attractions of the park include opportunities to meet Maasai and visit a Maasai village. The park also has views of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

Amboseli was home to Echo, perhaps the most researched elephant in the world, and the subject of many books and documentaries followed for almost four decades by American conservationist Dr Cynthia Moss. Echo died in 2009 when she was about 60 years old.

Amboseli National Park offers some of the best opportunities to see African wildlife because the vegetation is sparse due to the long, dry months. The protected area is home to African bush elephant, Cape buffalo, impala, lion, cheetah, spotted hyena, Masai giraffe, Grant’s zebra, and blue wildebeest. A host of large and small birds occur too.

Climate;

  • Temperature ranges from 20-300 c and rainfall from 200mm – 700 mm
  • Two rain seasons: Long rains – March & April & short rains – Nov/ December

How To Get There: Amboseli National Park

By Road:

The main road into the park is from Nairobi via Namanga (240 km) on the Nairobi – Arusha Road, through Meshanani Gate. The other road is from Nairobi via Emali (228 km) on the Nairobi – Mombasa Road. Access from Mombasa is mainly through Tsavo West National Park via Kimana (Olkelunyiet) Gate.

By Air:

The park has a single airstrip for light aircraft at Empusel gate. Other airstrips exist at Kilimanjaro Buffalo Lodge and Namanga town

 

Park Access Gates;
  • Kulunyiet Gate
  • Meshanani Gate
  • Kitirua Gate
  • Iremito Gate
  • Airstrip Gate

 

Park Access Requirements;
  • Citizens: Valid Passport or National ID
  • Residents: Valid Passport & re entry pass

Wildlife: Amboseli National Park;

Wildlife at Amboseli National Park include; Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dogs, Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion, Plains Game, Crocodile, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik- Dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupine

Birding;

  • Aberdare national park has a recorded 600 bird species in the park.

    Where To Stay: Amboseli National Park

    In – Park Accommodation:

    • Oltukai Lodge
    • Amboseli Serena Lodge
    • Tortilis Tented Lodge

    Kenya Wildlife Services Self–Catering Accommodation:

    • Kilimanjaro Guesthouse
    • Kibo Guest House
    • Simba Bandas
    • Nyati Bandas
    • Chui Bandas

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    Best Time To Visit:

    • All year round

    Attractions: Amboseli National Park

    Aberdare National Park has plenty of attractions to offer visitors, from Large Herds of Elephants, a breathtaking view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s Big Five, Observation Hill which allows an overall view of the whole park especially the swamps and elephants, Swamp below observation hill hosts many elephants, buffaloes, hippos and a variety of waterfowls like the pelican, Egyptian goose, and a Contemporary Maasai culture and indigenous lifestyle.