People love Aberdare National Park due to the huge elephant population that roams the park. Aberdare National Park is situated in the Aberdare Mountain Range, in central Kenya. This dense indigenous forest is famous for housing Mau Mau fighters during colonial era.. The caves where these fighters use to hide are one of the breath-taking attractions within the 160km long range.
There is flora, fauna and ecosystem in Aberdare National Park that cannot be found anywhere else in the country. Aberdare National Park has beautiful sceneries made up of moorland, forests of mature bamboo trees as well as rain forests. Additionally, this indigenous forest has a series of waterfalls, some plunging thousands of metres downstream.
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The most spectacular waterfalls include Karuru Falls (273m), Magura Falls and Chania Falls. Aberdare mountain range is an important water catchment area that feeds several rivers that include the Tana, Athi, River Malewa and Ewaso Nyiro.
POPULAR SIGHTS AND ACTIVITIES IN ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK
Aberdare national park is home to Kenya’s second largest population of black rhinos. Due to the dense forest, Animal sighting are scarcer than down on the open Savannah. If you are lucky you may spot one of the melanistic (black) leopards that prowl the forest’s shadowy depths. Wildlife animals that make Aberdare National Park game drives exceptional are elusive leopards, elephants, bushbucks, monkeys, buffalos, waterbucks, elands and serval cats.
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Guided hikes to see the waterfalls and the indigenous forest
From the dirt track that connects the Ruhuruini and Mutubio west gates. It is possible to walk to the top of Karura Falls a good spot to watch Karura stream slide over the rocky lip into the 273m abyss and if weather permits you may be able to make out of the misty veil of Kenya’s tallest cascade, the Gura falls. Althought there are no tracks to Gura falls or the base of Karura falls, you can visit chania falls situated further north.
Guided bush walks
Trekking within Aderdare national Park requires advance permission from the warden headquarters that may provide armed rangers depending on where you are planning to walk. Trekking within the park is a great opportunity to see many animals
There are so many species of birds that make bush walks in this indigenous forest memorable. Birds to see in the Park Range include eagles, sunbirds and the Aberdare cisticolas.
WHERE TO STAY IN ABERDARE NATIONAL PARK
Live in an outlandish forest, sleep to the sounds of wild animals and wake up to the mellow chirps of birds. Hotels in Aberdare National Park are
Set in the heart of the Aberdare National Park, The Ark Hotel Ark is a unique tree lodge that overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick, which attracts a variety of wildlife. Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, Bushbuck and occasionally an elusive Bongo and giant forest Hog has been sighted. The Ark comprises of three decks from which numerous balconies and lounges provide a superb location for wildlife to be seen.
The rooms at The Ark are modeled after cabins, and each comes with a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries. Free WiFi is available in the public areas. All cabins have a private bathroom with shower and are comfortably furnished to enjoy views of the forest or waterhole. Accommodation at The Ark consists of 60 en-suite rooms.
Aberdare Country Club
At Aberdare Country Club, the rooms each have a seating area and a fireplace. The private bathrooms are equipped with a bath or a shower, and free toiletries are provided.
The hotel has barbecue facilities and views of the garden, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar. Free WiFi is featured and free private parking is available on site.
Guests can relax by the pool side or take a stroll through the lush gardens. Aberdare Country Club also features a health club and guests can play a game of tennis or a round of golf at the 9-hole course within the Game Sanctuary.
Rhino Watch Safari lodge
At Rhino Watch Safari Lodge Each unit features a private bathroom with a bath or shower, bath robes, and free toiletries. Towels and bed linen are available. Rhino Watch Safarilodge also includes a spa centre. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant, with packed lunches available on request.
For ride loves, Bike hire is available at the property and the area is popular for cycling.
How to get to Aberdare National Park
To get to Aberdare National Park, fly from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to Mweiga Airstrip, then board a road transfer vehicle to the Aberdare lodge you will stay during your safari.