Aberdares National Park

Diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes

ABERDARES NATIONAL PARK

Destination Overview

Perfect location for topography enthusiasts - Aberdare National Park is a high altitude national park created to protect the slopes and moorland of the Aberdare Mountains. The park is a perfect location for topography enthusiasts and for viewing Kenya's animals and birds. The topography ranges from high moorland, hills and peaks to indigenous forest, ravines, streams and waterfalls. Due to its high altitude, the park is very rainy and misty, with roads that become impassable during the wet season. The Kenya Wildlife Service and Rhino Ark, a charity dedicated to the protection of the area and its wildlife, run Aberdare National Park. Aberdare is home to the second largest herd of endangered black rhinos. Many Kenyan animals can be seen here including African elephants, lions, rhinos, black leopard and the elusive bongo antelope. Two of Kenya's best safari lodges are located in Aberdare National Park - Treetops and The Ark. Both provide excellent game viewing at night over the watering hole.

Where to find Aberdare National Park

Basic Facts, Attractions

The Aberdares are an isolated volcanic range that forms the eastern wall of the Rift Valley, where topography is diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes and there are many clear streams and waterfalls.

  • Altitude: 7,000 - 14,000 Ft
  • Area: 767 Sq. Kms.
  • Distance from Nairobi: 180 Kms.
  • Mweiga & Nyeri Airstrips
  • Opened May 1950

Attractions

  • Game to view includes Giant Forest Hog, Bongo, Leopard, Elephant
  • Second largest population of indigenous Black Rhino
  • Diverse Eco-System - Rainforest, Waterfalls, Table Mountains
  • Night game viewing at the Ark & Treetops Lodges
  • Kimathi Hideout - used by legendary Mau-Mau General Kimathi
  • Trout fishing, Moorland walks

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