The preserved and protected Aberdare National Park forms part of the Aberdare Mountain range in central Kenya. The topography is varied, ranging from regal mountain peaks to concave valleys and racing rivers. The park covers 766 square kilometres in its entirety and is only 100 kilometres away from the bold capital of Nairobi.
Riparian vegetation clasps the banks of the rivers, while bamboo, open moorland and rainforests make their home in the lower reaches of the valleys. Because of its flourishing greenery, Aberdare National Park houses dense populations of elephants.
Such diverse landscapes mean unique habitats. Visitors have the chance to spot rare African golden cat and nocturnal bongo, in conjunction with the Big Five. This is a coveted region of Kenya, one that’s known for its jungle-terrain, forests, and cascading waterfalls.
The closest International airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. There are daily scheduled flights to the Nanyuki airstrip that depart from the local Wilson Airport in Nairobi.
250 species of bird can be found in the national park. Most notably, visitors should look out for the endangered Aberdare cisticola. Goshawks, sparrowhawks and sunbirds thrive in this habitat and abundant sightings of these species have been recorded.
The park covers 766 square kilometres in its entirety and is only 100 km away from the bold capital of Nairobi.
Because of the surprisingly contrasting landscapes, Aberdare National Park is teeming with wildlife. African wild dogs, lion, leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo, eastern black rhino, Syke’s monkey, serval, and the colobus monkeys are just a few of the commonly spotted creatures in Aberdare National Park. Rare species include the African golden cat and bongo.
250 species of bird can be found in the national park. Most notably, visitors should look out for the endangered Aberdare cisticola.
Goshawks, sparrowhawks, and sunbirds thrive in this habitat and abundant sightings of these species have been recorded.
Considered to have quite a temperate climate with moderate temperatures, Aberdare makes a fantastic year-round safari destination. Valley floors tend to be wet and cold, and the higher reaches of the mountainous sector experiences more rain and mist.
The dry season is from January to February and from June to September. This is the most successful time of year to visit and it’s when wildlife congregates at salt licks and waterholes in front of lodges. March to May is best avoided, as this is when the heavy rains descend upon the landscape.
There are many tourist activities within the park, the most popular being the educational and informative guided game drives. There truly is so much see in this wildlife haven. It’s also learning about the geography of the area and remarkable landscapes that add to the safari experience.
Visitors fit enough to hike can explore the tops of the mountains and observe some of Africa’s most awe-inspiring waterfalls. The mountaintop provides the best vantage point of the tropical landscape.
Fishing is yet another activity that’s possible from the Chania River and adds a novel twist to a safari experience. The Aberdare Country Club does provide horseback safaris for visitors keen to explore the region.
Inside Aberdare National Park visitors have a choice of a few luxury historical lodges centred around active waterholes. There are an array of accommodation options flanking the periphery of the park, which are all mid-range lodges and self-catering accommodations.