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Aberdare National Park

Covering the altitudes from about 7,000 feet to 14,000 feet above sea level, the Aberdare National Park is located 180 kilometers from Nairobi. Since the 1950 Aberdare National park is a major attraction and one of the best places visited and loved by many travelers.

This Park covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Range of central Kenya. The topography is diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes. The park is home to most of the larger mammals, having a large population of black rhino. The park is home to most endangered species which include: the rare Bongo, Giant Forest Hog, Packs of the now very rare Wild dogs and Endemic mole rate and mole shrew. Other game include: Leopard, Serval cats, Endemic bird species, reptiles, insects. The prolific bird life features 250 recorded species.

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 (160 kms from Nairobi). A road crosses the park to connect with another from Naivasha and North Kinangop on the west. 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). Airstrips: Mweiga Airstrip, next to the park headquarters or Nyeri Airstrip which is 12 km from Mweiga headquarters.

Park gates are - Ark Gate,Treetops Gate, Ruhuruini Gate, Kiandagoro Gate, Mutubio, Wandare, Shamata and Rhino. Entry is by Safari Card only. Safari cards may be loaded – but not obtained at The Mweiga Park HQ

The major attractions for Aberdare are Lesatima peak, Kinangop peak, waterfalls, walks in the moorlands, Twin hills, Elephant hills and Table Mountains, Second largest population of black rhinos in Salient and Northern Aberdare, Queen Elizabeth learned of her accession to the throne at Tree-tops Lodge. Also the Kimathi Hideout/Mau Mau caves.

 

Treetops Lodge

The astonishing Treetops is the original tree lodge, and is world famous for its location facing a water hole and a salt lick in the Aberdares National Park as well as its historical royal connection. The lodge lies at 6,450 feet above sea level...

The Ark Lodge

com:office:smarttags" name="place"> Set in the heart of the Aberdares National Park, The Ark Game Lodge overlooks a floodlit waterhole and salt lick which attracts a host of awesome wildlife such as elephant, rhino, leopard, bushbuck and occasionally an elusive bongo or giant forest hog.

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