Aberdare National Park

Aberdare National park
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Aberdare National Park

The Aberdares National Park is located about 180 km north of Nairobi, about 3 hours drive. It stretches over a wide variety of terrains covering altitudes from about 2,300 meters to 4,500 meters above sea level. Established in May 1950, the Aberdare National Park covers an area of 766 square kilometers and forms part of the Aberdare Ranges. The park contains a wide range of landscapes – from the mountain peaks that rise to 4,500 meters 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. The park is in the Central Highlands on the eastern wall of the Great Rift Valley with a 380 kilometer electric fence for erected to arrest human-wildlife conflict. This park was named after Lord Aberdare, then the president of the Royal Geographical Society. In February 1952, Princess Elizabeth while staying at Treetops within this park became the Queen of England after the death of her father King George VI.

Aberdares Ranges

Aberdares Ranges have two main peaks, Ol Donyo Lesatima (4001m) and Kinangop (3906m). The Aberdares Ranges form an important catchment area providing water to Tana and Athi Rivers and part of Central Rift and northern drainage basin. Aberdares forest is predominantly indigenous and there is concerted effort to replant the forest after many years of wanton destruction. Heavy rainfall occurs through most of the year with as much as 3000mm. Rhino Ark is a charity devoted to the protection of this critical habitat area

Animals that can easily be seen here include the lion, leopard, baboon, black and white Colobus monkey, sykes monkey, the golden cat, the bongo – a forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest, the eland and spotted serval cats, suni, spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, leopards, impala, black-faced monkey and a large population of the black rhino.

Among the activities that can be undertaken in Aberdares National Park are: walking, picnics, trout fishing in the rivers and camping in the moorlands bird watching with over 250 species of birds in the park that include Aberdares Cisticola, Jackson’s Francolin, sparry hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.

Aberdare National Park is most famous for its lodges that specialize in night time game viewing – Treetops Lodge and The Ark, built in the shape of Noah’s Ark. Both Treetops and The Ark provide excellent night time wildlife viewing from the observatory. Elephants, buffalos, lions and rhinos come to water and lick salt at the waterholes.

A visit to Aberdare National Park can conveniently be included on an itinerary that takes in iconic safari destinations such as the Masai Mara and Amboseli or even beach holiday in Lamu Island or Zanzibar. Browse our recommended tours and safaris or contact us and we will tailor-make a personalized safari itinerary for you.

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