Aberdare National Park

Aberdare National Park

–     In Central Kenya 160kms from Nairobi.

–     1829m to 4001m.

–     767 km²

–     Kenya Wildlife Service Safari Card.

–     The Ark Lodge and Treetops Lodge inside the park and others outside but at close proximity.

–     By Road approx. 2.5 hours’ drive from Nairobi; Daily scheduled flights land in Nanyuki Airstrip approx. 60kms / 1 hour drive.

–     Tree hotels, forest flora and fauna.

The Aberdare are an isolated volcanic range that forms the eastern wall of the rift valley, running roughly 100km north south between Nairobi and Thomson’s Falls. Soils are red and of volcanic origin, but rich in organic matter. There are two main peaks, Ol Donyo Lesatima (3,999m) and Kinangop (3,906m) separated by a long saddle of alpine moorland at over 3,000m. The Aberdare provide water to the Tana and Athi rivers and part of Central Rift and Northern drainage basins. The unusual vegetation, rugged terrain, streams and waterfalls combine to create an area of great scenic beauty in the National Park. The park is surrounded by a predominantly indigenous forest. The topography is quite diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes. Animals easily observed in the park include; the Black Rhino, elephant, leopard, baboon, black and white Colobus monkey and Sykes monkey. Rarer sightings include those of lions, the golden cat and the bongo – an elusive forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. Visitors can also indulge in picnics, trout fishing in the rivers and camping in the moorlands. Bird viewing is rewarding, with over 250 species of birds in the park, including the Jackson’s Francolin, sparry hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.

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