The Aberdare National Park has a group of isolated volcanic range. These forms the eastern wall of the Great Rift Valley. They run roughly 100km north south between Nairobi and Thomsons Falls. Soils at the Aberdare National Park 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). They are separated by a long saddle of alpine moorland at over 3,000m. The topography at Aberdare National Park is diverse with deep ravines. The latter cut through the forested eastern and western slopes and there are many clear streams and waterfalls. The Aberdares are an important water catchment area providing water to the Tana and Athi rivers and part of Central Rift and Northern drainage basins.
Aberdare National Park is picturesque with steep forested ravines and open moorland. The park provides a habitat for elephants, black rhinos, leopards, spotted hyenas and olive baboons. Also in the park are black and white colobus monkeys, buffalos, warthogs and bushbucks among others. Rare sightings include those of the Giant Forest hog, bongo, golden cat, serval cat and African wild cat. African civet cat and the blue duiker are also rarely seen. Visitors can 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, Sparrow hawks, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.
Aberdare National Park lies mainly above the tree line running along the 10,000ft contour. It comes with some forest and scrub at lower altitude in the ‘salient’ area near Nyeri. The boundary runs down to the 7000ft contour. The unusual vegetation, rugged terrain, streams and waterfalls combine to create an area of great scenic beauty. This can be observed within Aberdare National Park. The park is surrounded by a predominantly indigenous forest. The management is under an MoU between KWS and the Forest Department.
Where is Aberdare National Park
The Aberdare National Park is in the Central highlands, west of Mount Kenya. This is in Nyeri County in the former Central Province. Aberdare National Park covers an area of 766km2. The park is readily accessible on tarmac from Nyeri and Naro Moru on the eastern side. This is approximately 160 Kms from Nairobi. A road crosses the park to connect with another from Naivasha and North Kinangop on the west. The main towns from which the park can be approached are Nyeri, Nyahururu and Naivasha .
|Languages spoken||English, Kiswahili, Kikuyu|
|Currency used||Kenya Shillings|
|Area (km2)||766 Km2|