The Aberdare National Park is a good example of the diversity of kenya’s habitat and wildlife. Set in the high altitude areas of central Kenya, the park covers the Aberdare mountain ranges with altitude ranging from about 2,100 meters ( 7,000 feet) to about 4,300 meters (14,000 feet ). The habitats vary from the moorland, bamboo forests and rainforests at the lower levels to Alpine at higher altitudes. The terrain includes deep valleys and waterfalls.
The Aberdare Rainforest within the park is a vital catchment area for the water that feeds Nairobi and its environs. Higher up you encounter which in turn gives way to moorland and finally to the alpine conditions at the top.
Animals easily seen here include; elephant, black rhino, black leopard, lion, African hunting dog, bushbuck red duiker, colobus monkey, giant forest hog and mountain reedbuck. Serval cats and the shy bongo antelope are present at higher altitudes but rarer. Bird watching is also rewarding here with over 250 species recorded.
The terrain makes game viewing more of an adventure than outright spotting. Activities include; game viewing, trekking, camping, bird watching, photography and horse riding.
How to get to Aberdare National Park
By Road: Aberdare National Park is 150 km from Nairobi and is accessible from Nyeri, Naro Moru. There is also a road that connects one from the Naivasha side.
By Air: There are two airstrips to access the park; Mweiga Airstrip and Nyeri Airstrip. Mweiga is nearer than Nyeri which is in Nyeri town.
- Varying habitats – from Rainforests, Bamboo, Moorland and Afro-Alpine
- Beautiful Mountain Landscape
- Perfect wildlife safari destination; Good variety of wildlife
- Guided Walking Safaris
- World Class Accommodation