NATIONAL PARK/ ABERDARES NATIONAL PARK RESERVE /ABERDARE
Before the arrival
of the Europeans in Kenya, the Aberdare range used to be called
Nyandarua (the Kikuyu for place of hide) by the local people. The
first European to see it- Thomson renamed it Aberdare after
Lord Aberdare, the president of the Royal Geographical society.
Thomson Falls town and falls has reverted to their pre-colonial name
of Nyuhururu town and falls respectively. The name Thomson Falls
today only refers to the lodge overlooking Nyahururu falls.
The Aberdares range are the third highest range of mountains in
Kenya, reaching a summit of just over 4000m.
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
park can be divided into two environments:- the moorland, peaks and
high forest of the Kinangop plateau, and the Salient to east where
the forest slopes down to the regional capital of Nyeri. Most of the
time, the high altitude is misty.
water catchment area-Aberdare is an important catchment area for
Tana and Ewaso Ngiro rivers.
lies10,000 feet above sea level .
Attractions / Activities / What to do in Aberdare / Aberdares
The following are
the main attractions;
Mammals: the Park
boast of a large mammal population including Elephant, buffalo,
black rhino, bongo antelope, bush pig, giant forest hog, black
serval cat, lion, black leopard. Colobus monkeys colonize the
watching in Aberdare can be rewarding for patient bird watchers the giant kingfishers
Dramatic views include
Chania and Karura Falls.
peaks- of Kinangop and Ol donyo Lesitima
hills, Elephant hills and Table mountains,
Aberdare Park has the
second largest population of
in Salient and Northern Aberdares.
- Queen Elizabeth learned of her accession to the throne at
Kimathi was Kenya’s premier freedom fighter
had a hide cave in aberdare.
Ark & Treetops-two tree
hotels found in this park
Overnight game viewing
Sensational views of the Rift Valley and the peak of Mt Kenya.
Horse back riding.
The cries of
hyrax and the distinctive rasping growl of leopard are part of the
night unforgettable night sounds.
Sleek Genet cats descend from the trees and slip through
halls of the lodge. the Occasionally a Rhino or the elusive Bongo
antelope appear and visit the waterhole.
The game park can
be explored by vehicle, or on foot. Trekking trails exists
through out the forest and across the moor lands.
Aberdare game park
National Park is accessible by road or by Air
National/ game park park lies 160 kms from to the North East
From Nairobi one can access the park via two routes.
easily fly to Aberdare via two airstrips from Nairobi Wilson
Airstrip, near to the park headquarters
Airstrip which is 12 km from Mweiga headquarters.
Aberdare National Park Gates
From Nyeri you can access
Aberdare via five gates. The distance is from Nyeri
Ruhuruini gate 20 km
Kiandongoro gate 30
Treetops gate 17 km
gate 28 km
Wandare gate 47 km.
Nyahururu you can access the Park via three gates-
gate 48 km
Shamata gate 45 km,
Mutubio gate 50 km.
Accommodation/Lodges/Hotels in Aberdare National park:>> Accommodation in Aberdare is at the Ark Lodge and Treetops
One can also be accommodated in the hotels in Nyeri and Nyahururu.
Children under 7 years are not allowed at either Treetops or Ark.
Their noise is likely to chase the animals.
Hotel / Lodge >>The treetops has 50 rooms. It is built on stilts
overlooking a floodlit water hole with views of Mt Kenya. The lodge
is famous because this is where Princess Elizabeth became the Queen
of the British Empire. All cabins have shared bathrooms.
a far, the Ark looks like Noah's Ark floating on vegetation. The Ark
has got 60 en suite rooms, lounge, bar and a restaurant overlooking
the water hole. Guests view the animals from the safety of the
balconies as they parade to take a share of the salt licks.
All rooms have carpets to keep warm. A 24 hours buzzer is
available to alert the guests whenever one of the rare animals
appear. Game viewing is superb from the lodge decks.
Below the decks is a stone bunker from where you can literally touch
the animals and take the pictures.
Besides the Ark
and Treetops, one can be accommodated at KWS Bandas. These
Bandas, These can accommodate a maximum of 8 Pax
Sapper Hut for
only two pax
Fishing Lodge with a total of 14 Pax
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