Aberdare national park is 766 Km2 in size. The park is located about 100 km north from Nairobi. It covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Ranges of Central Kenya. It’s a home to over 250 species of birds and some animals which live in the moorlands, bamboo forest, lobelia, groundsel and heather, rivers, rocky outcrops, hills and crags, thickets of giant heath and tussock-grass and bogs.
Animals in this park include: Black Rhino, leopard, baboon, black and white Colobus monkey, sykes monkey, lions, the golden cat, bongo, forest antelope, eland and spotted and melanistic serval cats, African Elephant, spotted hyena, cape buffalo, warthog, zebra , bushbuck, reedbuck, Giant Forest hog, bongo, golden cat, African wild cat, African civet cat, blue duiker,red Duiker and Suni.
Bird species include: Jackson’s Francolin, sparry hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and Aberdare Cisticola , plovers Tacazze sunbird,Golden-winged sunbird, emerald green Malachite Sunbird, the tiny double collared Sunbird , Scaly Francolins , Ayres’ Hawk Eagles, Mountain Buzzard, Rufous-breasted Sparrow Hawk and African Goshawk ,Mountain or Hill Chat, Augur Buzzard, Slender-billed Chestnut-wing Starling and White-naped Raven.
What to do
- Game viewing
- Bird watching
- Horse riding
- Trout fishing
- Hiking the twin Hills and Elephant Hills
- Horse riding
Waterfalls: Like Karuru waterfalls and Chania waterfalls
When to go
January and February June to September
Its 150 Kms from Nairobi
Fly to Mweiga Airstrip near the park head quarters and connect by road