ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK

Altitude: 7,000-14,000ft.
Area: 767sq. kms
Distance from Nairobi: 180 kms
Mweiga & Nyeri airstrips Opened May 1950
Game to view includes: Bongo, Leopard, Elephant, Second largest Population of Indigenous Black Rhino
Diverse Eco-System – Rainforest, Waterfalls, Table Mountains

Queen Elizabeth learned of her accession to the throne here.

Night Game Viewing at the Ark & Treetops Lodges
Kimathi Hideout – used by the legendary Mau – Mau General
Trout Fishing, Moorland Walks

The Aberdare National Park is part of the Aberdare Mountain range, a fascinating region of Kenya. According to traditional Kikuyu folklore they are one of the homes of Ngai (God).
Mountain ranges and peaks soar to around 14,000ft., giving way to deep V-shaped valleys with streams and rivers cascading over spectacular waterfalls. This area is a must for landscape lovers. From its vital catchment area the Aberdare Rainforest feeds the entire local area and Nairobi water supply. Above the forest is a belt of bamboo a favourite haunt of the Bongo, a rare and elusive forest antelope. At 10,00ft. the bamboo belt gives way to moorland, home to eland spotted and melanistic serval cats. Other features are the giant alpine varieties of lobelia, groundsel and heather. It is ideal for walking, picnics, camping and trout fishing in rivers. The moorlands are reminiscent of the European highlands.

Animals abound in the forest. They include elephant, buffalo, giant forest hog and Kenya’s indigenous and endangered Black Rhino. The entire forest is being fenced off to protect farmers from animal raids and create a rhino and forest sanctuary. The Rhino Ark trust organises fund-raising events to build this fence.

Game-viewing is very rewarding: lion, leopard baboon, Black & White Colobus and Sykes Monkeys are abundant. Rare sightings have also been made of the Golden Cat. Bird-viewing is a big attraction with more than 250 species recorded including Jackson’s Francolin, sparrow hawk, African goshawk, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.

There is a variety of accommodation. Treetops tree-house lodge and the Ark, a lodge built in the shape of Noah’s Ark. Night game-viewing is possible near the lodges in the Salient area of the Park with excellent sightings of elephant, buffalo, lion and rhino, drawn to the waterholes and saltlicks each evening.

There are two lodges (total 219 beds), three self-help banda sites (total 18 beds), eight special campsites (requiring advance booking) and one public campsite (moorland). There are five picnic sites.

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