Aberdare National Park


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In the shadows of the Aberdare Mountains


160 kilometres of mountain range extend across the elevated terrain of Kenya’s central highlands, wrapped in the small yet diverse protective borders of the Aberdare National Park’s expansive moorland. The park is located approximately 150 kilometres north of Nairobi and nearby to The Great Rift Valley, making it an easy addition to an itinerary in the area or while visiting the iconic Maasai Mara and Amboseli National Park

Visitors to the park will be treated to lion, leopard, buffalo, and elephant sightings, to name a few, while those with a very keen eye may spot the elusive bongo or the mysterious golden cat hiding out between bamboo shoots and dense foliage. The local Kikuyu tribe have long revered the Aberdare Mountain Range, believing it to be the sacred home of their god. 

 

The park has been operating since 1950, and aside from excellent game-viewing and impressive landscapes, Aberdare is also known to have been frequented by Lord Baden-Powell, who is buried in the nearby town of Nyeri and whose home in the park is now a museum. The Treetops Hotel located in the park is known for being the place where Queen Elizabeth II was staying when she learnt of her father’s death and her own ascension to the throne.

Highlights

  • The Aberdare Mountains are a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site
  • Its location in the central highlands amid bamboo and rainforest make the park a stunning alternative to Kenya’s savannahs 
  • A good place to stop over while exploring the Maasai Mara and Amboseli National Parks
  • The shy bongo and golden cat are found in the dense forests of Aberdare—as are the elephant, lion, and buffalo
  • Famous visitors to the park include Lord Baden-Powell and Queen Elizabeth II

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