The Aberdare National Park is a perfect sequestered weekend gateway yet close to the city.
The Aberdare is a mountain range located in central Kenya. Located about 180 km north from Nairobi it stretches over a wide variety of terrains because it covers altitudes from about 7,000 feet (2,100m) to 14,000 feet (4,300m) above sea level. This altitude has given rise to moorlands a type of habitat found in upland areas, characterized by low-growing vegetation on acidic soils and heavy fog.
A major attraction of the Aberdare National Park include magnificent waterfalls with the main ones being the Karuru waterfalls which fall in three steps, 1st step 117 m, 2nd step 26 m and 3rd 130 m, making a total of 273 m.
Mountain ranges and peaks soar to around 14,000 ft. giving way to deep V-shaped valleys with streams and rivers cascading over spectacular waterfalls – this area is a must for landscape lovers. From its vital catchment area the Aberdare Rain forest feeds the entire local and Nairobi water supply.
Adding to the beauty of the Aberdare National Park is the unique flora.
The highest peak on the Range is Ol Doinyo Lesatima which stands at 4000m (13,120ft.) making the Aberdares the third highest mountains in Kenya after Mount Kenya (5199m) & Mt. Elgon (4321m). A hike to Satima Peak offers great sight seeing opportunities. It combines views of the most magnificent section of the Great Rift Valley to the west with the awe-inspiring horizon view of the majestic Mount Kenya 40 kms to the west.
The Aberdare National Park encompasses a large area of forest known as the Salient where larger animals are concentrated and where game viewing is done. Above the Salient is the extensive moorland and giant heather zones of the park.
HOW TO GET THERE
By Road: The Park is readily accessible on tarmac from Nyeri and Naro Moru on the Eastern side and it’s 150 Kms from Nairobi. A road crosses the park through the lower slopes up to the Moorlands to connect with another one from Naivasha on the western side. Naivasha is 87 Kms from Nairobi .The Park Hqs from where you load your “Safaricard” is 15 Kms from Nyeri town, along the Nyeri – Nyahururu road.
By Air: The nearest airstrip is the Mweiga Airstrip on the opposite side from Park Hqs along Nyeri – Nyahururu road near Sasini Estate Farm.
Park Entry Fee
|Aberdare National Park
|Non – Resident
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