Aberdares National Park
The Aberdare National Park, with an area of 767 Km2 covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Ranger of Central Kenya, from altitude of 1829M to 4001M above sea level. The topography is quite diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes. Animals easily observed in the park include; the Black Rhino, leopard, baboon, black and white Colombus monkey and sykes monkey. Rarer sightings include those of lions, 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.
Visitors can also 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, sparry hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.
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 upto the Moorlands to connect with another on e from Naivasha on the western side. Naivasha is 87 Kms from Nairobi – Park Hqs from where you load your “Safaricard” is 15 Kms from Nyeri, along Nyeri – Nyahururu road.
The nearest airstrip is the Mweiga Airstrip on the opposite side from Park Hqs along Nyeri – Nyahururu road near Sasini Estate Farm.
PARK GATES AND DISTANCE FROM NYERI:
Ark Gate - 28 Kms
Treetops Gate - 17 Kms
Ruhuruini Gate - 20 Kms
Kiandongoro - 30 Kms
Wandare Gate - 47 Kms
Others are Shamata, Rhino and Mutubio Gates.
SAFARI CARD REQUIRED?
* Park entry is now by Safaricard only. Safaricards may be loaded and obtained at Park Hqs Mweiga.
In - Park Accommodation
The Ark lodge, which is managed by the Aberdare Country Club
The Treetops lodge, which is managed by Outspan Hotel in Nyeri.
KWS Self – Catering Accommodation:
Tusk camp bandas
Fishing lodge house
Both Fishing Lodge House and Tusk Camp Bandas have Care takers who can assist visitors during their stay.
Sapper Hut is most ideal for honeymooners.
Public campsites - Ruhuruini, Reedbuck
Special campsites - Bongo, prince Charles, Nyati, Queen Beatrice, Muringato.
WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU:
Safe drinking water
Camping equipments if you intend to stay overnight
Other useful items are binoculars, camera, hat, sunglasses, guide books and maps.