One of the ideal places to view animals, birds, and a wide range of landscapes is at the Aberdare National Park. The Park is situated around 150km east of Nairobi in Nyeri and Nyandarua County. The best time to visit the Park is in January and February as well as June and September due to the high altitude.
Aberdare National Park is beautifully scenic and much cooler compared to the savannahs. The Park offers an entirely different perspective of Kenya, with the spectacular scenery with mountain terrains enclosed in thick tropical forests. The places of interest in the Park include the fantastic mountain scenery, rare animals, and several picturesque waterfalls, watching animals, trout fishing, and hiking. The Park is as much about the fauna as it is the flora. The experience in Aberdare National Park is unlike any other place in Kenya!
One of the highlights of a visit to Aberdare National Park is the beautiful mountain scenery. As you travel higher up the mountain peaks, you get to experience the interesting alpine vegetation, thick rainforest as well as bamboo forest. Moreover, the Park allows you to enjoy the very stunning sceneries of outstanding waterfalls, with the most popular one being Karuru waterfalls. Adding to the beauty are the numerous river valleys and ridges which attract scenery photographers. If you want to experience more than just a safari, Aberdare National Park is the place to visit.
Besides, the Aberdare National Park is a paradise of wildlife. It is home to numerous leopards, many bird species, bush pigs, olive baboons, buffalos, warthogs, bushbucks, hyenas, elephants, black rhinos, and antelopes among others. Aberdare National Park also retains an air of mystery. Here you’ll view rare animals like the giant forest hogs, golden cat, bongo, serval cat, African civet, and wild cat, and the blue duiker. You can view the animals’ during game drives, at treetops, or from the Ark Tree Lodge found in the Park.
Another rewarding activity at Aberdare National Park is bird viewing. The Park is an ideal location for viewing Kenya’s birds. Aberdare National Park hosts over 250 bird species, including the endangered species such as the African fish eagle, plovers, and sunbirds. Picnic lovers are also not left out. Aberdare National Park allows visitors to indulge in picnics in the magnificent scenery. Visitors can also engage in trout fishing in the rivers that pass by as well as camping in the Moorlands. It’s a fascinating experience that words cannot explain!
The central accommodation at Aberdare National Park is the KWS self-catering, particularly the Fishing Lodge-Aberdare. Other accommodation sites include campsites like 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) and Prince Charles.
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Aberdare National Park is readily accessible on tarmac from Nyeri and Naro Moru on the Eastern side, and its 150 km 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 km from Nairobi. The Park is 15 Kms from Nyeri town, along the Nyeri – Nyahururu road.