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Aberdare National Park, Kenya

Aberdare National Park/ Aberdares Game Reserve, Aberdare Accommodation Lodges, Hotels, Hiking & Safaris- For all your hiking, wildlife trails and tracking in Aberdare/Aberdares National park; Spend the day trout fishing, visit the Black Rhino Sanctuary and evenings game watching at Aberdare's  Treetops or the Ark Hotels.  Hire SUV Nairobi Kenya to visit Aberdare


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aberdare national park rhinos kenya reserve attractionsBefore the arrival of the Europeans in Kenya, the Aberdare range used to be called Nyandarua (the Kikuyu for place of hide) by the local people. The first European  to see it- Thomson renamed it Aberdare after Lord Aberdare, the president of the Royal Geographical society. Thomson Falls town and falls has reverted to their pre-colonial name of Nyuhururu town and falls respectively. The name Thomson Falls today only refers to the lodge overlooking Nyahururu falls.   The Aberdares range are the third highest range of mountains in Kenya, reaching a summit of just over 4000m.


Location: Aberdare National Park is located in Nyeri / Nyandarua District and was created in 1950.   The Park covers an area of 766Km2 and occupy the volcanic range that form the eastern wall of the rift valley. The Aberdares range is dominated by two peaks separated by a saddle of moorlands.  The Northern Ol Donyo Lesatima (3,999m) and the southern peak Kinangop (3,906m).  Other significant elevations in the park are Chebuswa( 3364m), Table Mountain(3791), Maratini Hill (3698m) and the Elephant (3590m).  The terrain of the  park is diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes with numerous clear streams and waterfalls.


Aberdare National park can be divided into two environments:- the moorland, peaks and high forest of the Kinangop plateau, and the Salient to east where the forest slopes down to the regional capital of Nyeri. Most of the time, the high altitude is misty.


An important water catchment area-Aberdare is an important catchment area for Tana and Ewaso Ngiro rivers.


The park lies10,000 feet above sea level .

Attractions / Activities / What to do in  Aberdare / Aberdares National Park

The following are the main attractions;

    Mammals: the Park boast of a large mammal population including Elephant, buffalo, black rhino, bongo antelope, bush pig, giant forest hog, black serval cat, lion, black leopard. Colobus monkeys colonize the canopy.

  • Bird watching-Bird watching in Aberdare can be rewarding for patient bird watchers the giant kingfishersaberdare national park kenya reserve attrations accommodation

  • Dramatic views include the Chania and Karura Falls.

  • Two peaks- of Kinangop and Ol donyo Lesitima

  • Twin hills, Elephant hills and Table mountains,

  • Aberdare Park has the second largest population of black rhinos in Salient and Northern Aberdares.

  • Treetops Hotel- Queen Elizabeth learned of her accession to the throne at Tree-tops

  • The Kimathi Hideout – Kimathi was Kenya’s premier freedom fighter had a hide cave in aberdare.

  • Overnight game viewing at the Ark & Treetops-two tree hotels found in this park

  • Sensational views of the Rift Valley and the peak of Mt Kenya.

  • Trout fishing

  • Horse back riding.  

The cries of hyrax and the distinctive rasping growl of leopard are part of the night unforgettable night sounds.  Sleek Genet cats descend from the trees and slip through halls of the lodge. the Occasionally a Rhino or the elusive Bongo antelope appear and visit the waterhole.

The game park can  be explored by vehicle, or on foot. Trekking trails exists through out the forest and across the moor lands.


Getting to Aberdare game park

Aberdare National Park is accessible by road or by Air


Aberdare National/ game park park lies 160 kms from  to the North East of Nairobi.  From Nairobi one can access the park via two routes.

  • Nairobi-Nyeri (154Km)- Aberdare

  • Nairobi-Gilgil-Nyahururu (188 km from Nairobi)-Aberdare.

One can easily fly to Aberdare via two airstrips from Nairobi Wilson Airport:-

  • Mweiga Airstrip, near to the park headquarters

  • Nyeri Airstrip which is 12 km from Mweiga headquarters.

Aberdare National Park Gates
From Nyeri you can access Aberdare via five gates.  The distance is from Nyeri

  • Ruhuruini gate 20 km

  •  Kiandongoro gate 30

  • Treetops gate 17 km

  • Ark gate 28 km

  • Wandare gate 47 km.

From Nyahururu you can access the Park via three gates-

  • Rhino gate 48 km

  • Shamata gate 45 km,

  •  Mutubio gate 50 km.

Accommodation/Lodges/Hotels in Aberdare National park:>>  Accommodation in Aberdare is at the Ark Lodge and Treetops Hotel.  One can also be accommodated in the hotels in Nyeri and Nyahururu.   Children under 7 years are not allowed at either Treetops or Ark.  Their noise is likely to chase the animals. 


Treetops Hotel / Lodge >>The treetops has 50 rooms. It is built on stilts overlooking a floodlit water hole with views of Mt Kenya. The lodge is famous because this is where Princess Elizabeth became the Queen of the British Empire.  All cabins have shared bathrooms.


The Ark Lodge:>>From a far, the Ark looks like Noah's Ark floating on vegetation. The Ark has got 60 en suite rooms, lounge, bar and a restaurant overlooking the water hole.  Guests view the animals from the safety of the balconies as they parade to take a share of the salt licks.  All rooms have carpets to keep warm.  A 24 hours buzzer is available to alert the guests whenever one of the rare animals appear.  Game viewing is superb from the lodge decks.  Below the decks is a stone bunker from where you can literally touch the animals and take the pictures.

Besides the Ark and Treetops, one can be accommodated at KWS Bandas.  These include:-

  • Tusk Camp Bandas, These can accommodate a maximum of 8 Pax

  • Sapper Hut for only two pax

  • Kiandogoro Fishing Lodge with a total of 14 Pax

Outside the park at Nyeri

Aberdare Country Club is the base of the Ark, Outspan is the base of Treetops Hotel.

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