The Aberdare National Park covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Range of central Kenya of 766sq km and the Aberdare Salient to their east. Aberdare National Park is located in Nyeri / Nyandarua District and was created in 1950. The Park covers an area of 766Km2 and occupy the volcanic range that form the eastern wall of the rift valley. The Aberdares range is dominated by two peaks separated by a saddle of moorlands. The Northern Ol Donyo Lesatima (3,999m) and the southern peak Kinangop (3,906m). Other significant elevations in the park are Chebuswa( 3364m), Table Mountain(3791), Maratini Hill (3698m) and the Elephant (3590m). The terrain of the park is diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes with numerous clear streams and waterfalls.
Wildlife and Bird watching at the Aberdares National Park, Kenya
Animals easily observed include the lion, leopard, baboon, black and white Colobus monkey, and Sykes monkey. Rarer sightings include those of the golden cat and the bongo – an elusive forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. Animals like the eland and spotted and melanistic serval cats can be found higher up in the moorlands. The Aberdare National Park also contains a large population of the black rhino. Visitors can also indulge in walking, picnics, trout fishing in the rivers and camping in the moorlands and even bird viewing due to the presence of over 250 species of birds in the park, including the endangered Aberdare Cist cola, Jackson’s Francolin, sparry hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.
The lodges are one of the main attractions of the Aberdares. Both Treetops and The Ark are built above the ground beside floodlit waterholes with salt licks. Visitors must book in advance and cannot make their own way to the lodges in private vehicles. Instead check-in is at the Aberdare Country club for The Ark and the Outspan Hotel for Treetops, from where guests are bussed to their respective lodges.
It covers the higher areas of Aberdares mountain ranges in central Kenya. Major attractions include the black rhino, leopard, baboons, and black and white colobus monkey. Rare animal species include; lions and golden cat. Major activities include; game viewing, camping, trekking, bird watching, photography and horse riding.
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