Aberdare National Park

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Aberdare National Park

The Aberdare Mountain Range are part of Kenya's Central Highlands, running roughly north south between Nairobi and Thompsons Falls with a range of almost 13,000 ft. The topography is diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested Eastern and Western Slopes and give way to gentler valleys separated by steep hills and rocky outcrops. The park is an important water catchment area providing water to the Tana and Athi Rivers and part of Central Rift and Northern drainage basins. The climate is wet and moist. The park is surrounded by a predominantly indigenous forest.

The Aberdare  National Park is rich in bird life with over 250 species recorded including the sparry hawk, eagles, sunbirds, goshawks and plovers. The Jackson's Francolin is endemic to the Park. The Black Rhino, black and white Colobus monkey, Sykes monkey, Leopard and Baboon, are among the wildlife that are quite easily observed in the park; rarer sightings include lions, the elusive bongo which resides in the bamboo forest and the golden cat. The spotted and melanistic Serval Cats and The Eland which is the biggest Antelope eland 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 main towns from which the park can be approached are Nyeri (154 km from Nairobi) Nyahururu (188 km from Nairobi) and Naivasha (87 km from Nairobi). The Park can also be accessed from Mweiga Airstrip which is next to the park headquarters or from Nyeri Airstrip which is 12 km from Mweiga headquarters.