Aberdare National Park

The Aberdare National Park is situated in central Kenya, only 150 kilometers from the nation’s capital, Nairobi. The park is situated in the center of the Aberdare mountain ranges in the eastern portion of the Great Rift Valley of East Africa. The park is situated in the Aberdare Salient’s upper altitude regions. The park’s elevation fluctuates between 2,000 and 4,000 meters above sea level. Aberdare National Park was established in 1950 and encompasses 767 square kilometers, including a portion of the Aberdare Mountains. This is one of the National Parks in Kenya that attract a significant number of tourists on Kenya Tours.

Aberdare rocks are isolated volcanic ranges that make up the eastern border of the great rift valley, which runs approximately 100 kilometers north to south between Nairobi and Thompsons falls. The park is located in a calm, high mountainous region with spectacular views of savannahs dotted with Acacia trees, as well as bamboo forests and rainforests at the base of the mountains. As a result of the park’s high altitude, its climate is distinct and colder than any other part of Kenya.

The park is famous for the Big Five of Africa, including the uncommon black leopards. Other big five animals include enormous herds of elephants, lions, buffalo, and shy, difficult-to-sport black rhinos. Because of this, the park is not considered a suitable location for the African Big Five. The cascades play an important role as a major attraction in the park, where visitors go for sightseeing and adventure.

How to get to Aberdare national park

Along the busy tourist route that leads to Lake Nakuru and Naivasha national park, Aberdare national park is approximately 150 kilometers distant from the capital city of Nairobi. The park is 87 kilometers from Naivasha and is accessible via the Nyeri and Naro Moru highway. However, there are two airstrips in the park, one near the Aberdare headquarters in Nyeri and the other in Mweiga. Passing through small towns and observing the features of the mighty great rift valley makes for a more beautiful and fascinating drive. As we travel to the park, we will make additional stops at local markets and artisan stores.

One travels through the smooth tarmac road that traverses the park on the lower slopes up to the moorlands and later joins the road from Naivasha on the western side. Along Nayhururu road, the park headquarters is only about 15 kilometers from adjacent Nyeri Town.

Attractions at Aberdare National Park

Aberdare National Park contains more distinctive attractions than any other park in the valley. The park’s attractions vary from the most beautiful waterfalls to an abundance of wildlife. The park’s mountain ranges are characterized by open savannah vegetation interspersed with Acacia trees and Bamboo forests.

The following are attractions at the park:

Wild animals/animals:

The Aberdare national park is endowed by nature and is one of the few parks in Kenya and all of Africa where one can view all five of Africa’s “big five” animals. The park is tiny in comparison to parks such as Tsavo west and Tsavo east national parks. Although the park is small, it is home to a variety of animals, including lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalo. Other activities include the Giant Forest Hog, the Golden cat, the Reedbuck, the bushbuck, the zebras, the hyena, the monkeys, the bongo, and the African wildcat.

Karuru waterfalls:

Karuru Falls is a three-tiered waterfall located in the center of the Aberdare Mountains. The first step of the falls measures 117 meters, the second step measures 26 meters, and the longest step measures 130 meters. Additional cascades in the park include the Chania waterfalls and numerous smaller falls.

Aberdare National Park
Karuru waterfalls

Aberdare mountain ranges:

They are not difficult to hike but offer spectacular and unique vistas of the park. This ranges and other features of the rift valley live valleys combine with the walls to form the park’s high ranges.

Over 290 bird species have been recorded in Aberdare national park; the park’s diverse vegetation zones provide a habitat for a broad variety of birds. The animals range from those of the open savannah to those of the forest.


Both the Bamboo and the rainforests in the park are home to a variety of forest tree species, which attracts both tourists and scientists.

Activities in Aberdare national park

Aberdare’s wildness experience is the most thrilling and sought-after compared to those of other Kenyan parks. In the park’s treetops lodge, Princess Elizabeth learned that her father had perished and that she had become a princess, according to historical records.

Game viewing:

You will never be dissatisfied with Aberdare national park because you can observe all five of Africa’s “big five.” The park is home to numerous permanent inhabitants, including hyenas, lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants, buffalo, and monkeys. Morning game drives are most rewarding because the animals are most active and appreciate the cool weather. Afternoon and late-evening game excursions are also excellent because animals, particularly shy ones such as leopards, rhinoceroses, and others, emerge to feed.


With more than 290 species of birds, birding in Aberdare national park is more rewarding and enjoyable. Birders prefer to visit this park because it is home to uncommon bird species. Walking along the bamboo forests and the rain forests in search of birds in the forest, we encounter other forest creatures, such as forest hog, forest elephants, duiker, and waterbuck, among others. Common species of birds include the sparrow hawk, eagles, plovers, sunbirds, goshawks, francolin, and Cisticola, among others.

visiting waterfalls:

In the park, one can also visit the three-tiered Kiruru waterfalls and other small cascades. There are several enjoyable scenic vistas in the park.

Best time Visit Aberdare national park

The Aberdare national park, which is comprised of highlands and extensive bamboo forests, is a year-round destination for many tourists in Kenya. The climatic conditions of the year can be taken into account to a small degree, but have little effect on the park’s daily activities.

The best time to visit the park is during the dry season, when animals and water catchment areas are readily visible. If you wish to maximize your Aberdare national park wildlife experience or combine it with other nearby parks such as Naivasha or Lake Nakuru, careful planning and timing are essential.

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