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The Aberdares are the third highest mountain range in Kenya. They are around 100 km long from north to south. The Aberdares cover altitudes from about 7,000 feet (2,100 m) to 14,000 feet (4,300 m) above sea level. The Aberdare National Park was established in 1950 and covers an area of 766 square kilometers.
The park contains a wide range of landscapes - from the mountain peaks such as Ol Donyo Lesatima (3,999 m) to the north and to the deep, v-shaped valleys intersected by streams, rivers, waterfalls, moorland, bamboo forests and rainforests found at lower altitudes.
Wild animals found in this area include: the leopard, elephant, wild dog, giant forest hog, bushbuck, mountain reedbuck, waterbuck, cape buffalo, suni, side-striped jackal, eland, duiker, olive baboon, black and white colobus monkey and sykes monkey. Rare animals include the African golden cat and the bongo which is an elusive forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forests. Animals such as the eland as well as the spotted serval cats can be found higher up in the moorlands.
The Aberdare National Park also contains a large eastern black rhino population. Park visitors can indulge in walking, picnics on river banks and camping in the moorlands. For keen bird watchers bird viewing is rewarding with over 250 species of birds resident in this park, including the endangered Aberdare cisticola, Jackson's francolin, sparry hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers. It is a traditional belief of the Kikuyu people that the Aberdare Mountain Ranges is one of the homes of "Ngai" or God. In order to protect the bongo antelope the lions of the Aberdare have been moved to other national parks.
Visitors to the park can find different types of accommodation according to their budget ranging from lodges, tented camps and open-air camping sites. Accommodation include:
• Treetops - It is a tree house lodge famous for its 1952 visit from Qeen Elizabeth.
• the Ark - It is built in the shape of Noah's Ark.
• 3 self-help banda sites.
• 8 special campsites.
• Public campsite in the moorland.
• 5 picnic sites.
Both Treetops and the Ark provide excellent night-time wildlife viewing. Visitors can spot various animals, such as elephants, buffaloes and rhinos which get attracted to the waterholes. The park include two airstrips at Mweiga and Nyeri.
• Fishing Lodge-Aberdare • Sapper Hut • Shimoni Cottages.
• Reedbuck (at the moorlands) • Honi Campsite • Shamata Campsite • Bill Woodley Campsite • P.C Haji’s Campsite • Muringato (M1) • Bongo (M2) • Nyati (M3) • Queen Beatrix (M5) • Kiguru (K1) • Kifaru (K2) • Prince Charles.
Park entry: The park is open daily from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Entry on foot is prohibited and visitors are turned away after 6:15 pm.
Entry to the park is by smart card only, obtained and loaded at the main gate.
It is composed of picturesque steep forested ravines and open moorland that characterise the Aberdare National Park. Visitors can take a:
• Wildlife safari: to spot elephants, black rhinos, leopards, spotted hyenas, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, buffalos, warthogs and bushbucks among others. Rare sightings include the giant forest hog, bongo, golden cat, serval cat, african wild cat, african civet cat and the blue duiker. There are more than 44 species of mammals in this area.
• Trout fishing: for both brown and rainbow trout found in many cool mountain streams up in the aberdares. Visitors can indulge in picnics while fishing for trout in the rivers and camping in the moorlands.
• Sundowner game drive: is undertaken in the late afternoon. Venture out on a drive with our experienced driver guides in a 4-wheel drive landcruiser with open roof. You should expect to see black rhino, the African elephant, leopard, buffalo, water buck, reed buck, bush buck, impala, warthog, spotted hyena, sykes monkey, colobus monkey, olive baboons, as well as numerous species of birds and insects.
• Walking Safaris include nature trails along the Chania river where you will discover the abundant plant life, birds and insects.
• Bird watching. There are more than 290 bird species in the Aberdares.
• By Road: The Park is readily accessible on tarmac from Nyeri and Naro Moru on the Eastern side. It is 150 Kms from Nairobi. A road crosses the park through the lower slopes up to the Moorlands to connect with another one from Naivasha on the western side. Naivasha is 87 Kms from Nairobi. The park headquarters from where you load your “Safaricard” is 15 Kms from Nyeri town along the Nyeri – Nyahururu road.
• By Air: The nearest airstrip is Mweiga Airstrip near the park headquarters along Nyeri – Nyahururu road near Sasini Estate Farm.
(Make sure to contact us if you wish to visit this park for your next holiday activity.)
Park charges are based on " " Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) tariffs which are reviewed from time to time. The rates we have quoted here are for information purposes and are indicative of the likely park charges you can incur. They are NOT accurate but approximate. However please note that if you have booked a complete wildlife safari package with us, park charges are included in the total cost of your safari at the time of booking. Therefore you need not worry about park entry fee!
• This park accepts Safari Cards.
• Park Entry Fee are based on KWS Tarrifs.
• An electric fence completed on 28th August, 2009 protects the whole Aberdare ecosystem from human pressures. It prevents human-wildlife conflict. As a visitor, you are therefore required to leave the park as tidy as you found it. Litering and dropping rubbish is strictly prohibited. You will be prosecuted if you violate these rules.
• If visiting Karura waterfalls, it falls in three steps: 1st step 117M, 2nd step 26M and 3rd 130M, making a total of 273M. It is your responsibility to ensure that you stand at a safe distance from the descend.
• The park is open daily from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.
• Entry on foot is prohibited and visitors are turned away after 6:15 pm.
• Entry to the park is by smart card only, obtained and loaded at the main gate.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Scheduled local flight services to Mweiga and Nyeri airstrips are available from Nairobi's Wilson Airport.