Aberdare National Park

Aberdare

Where is Aberdare National Park?

The Aberdares are a range of mountains about 150 Km long, due north of Nairobi. They are easy to access and have numerous access points. The most famous lodge within  the park is Treetops which is where HM Queen Elizabeth II was staying when she ascended the throne.

How big is the park?
766 Km²

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Treetops, Aberdares National Park

Access to the park
The main gate is on the eastern side of the park 150 Km from Nairobi. There is also access from the west if you’re coming from Naivasha.

Habitats of the Aberdares

The predominate habitat is forest; the higher ground is open moorland. Plenty of surface water (great trout fishing).

Animals of Aberdare

Black rhino, elephants and buffalo are the largest residents; a host of other spicies. A number of cat secies such as civet and golden cat, but no cheetah or lions; plenty of leopards. Birding list of about 270 species.

 

Black rhino

Accommodation in the Aberdares

A dozen campsites, self-catering cottages and two high profile lodges, The Ark and Treetops.

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Park note

The Aberdares are the third highest range of mountains in Kenya. Mount Satima is the highest peak (4,001 m) and the average height of the range is 3,500 m and this massive range is well known for its thick forests and their prolific game. The upper slopes are open grassland with the over-sized plantains, similar to the ones you see on Kilimanjaro and Mnt Kenya. However, visitor numbers in the Aberdare are a fraction of their more famous neighbours.

These high altitude forests are broken by moorlands and plains and through the abundant tree cover there are sensational views of the Rift Valley and the peak of Mt Kenya away to the east. Night sees an unending procession of game emerge from the forests to visit waterholes near the lodges and this is an ideal opportunity for guests to unobtrusively observe game.

The Aberdares can be explored by vehicle or on foot. There are trekking trails throughout the forests leading on across the moorland. A few days spent here is one of Kenya’s best forest treks (armed ranger required).

The foothills of the Aberdares are also ideal for exploring on horseback and there are crystal clear mountain streams that abound with trout for fishermen. There is also a series of spectacular waterfalls along the range, and at the town of Nyahururu, Thompson’s Falls have become a popular rest stop for travellers.

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The Ark, Aberdare Ntional Park