Aberdare National Park
The Aberdare National Park, with an area of 767 Km2 covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Ranges of Central Kenya, from altitude of 1829M to 4001M above sea level. The topography is quite diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes. Animals easily observed in the park include; the Black Rhino, leopard, baboon, black and white Colobus monkey and sykes monkey. Rarer sightings include those of lions, the golden cat and the bongo- an elusive forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. Animals like the eland and spotted and melanistic serval cats 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.
- Game viewing – with all the Big Five
- Camping – both Public and Special Campsites
- Hiking – in the Moorland and other areas
- Bird watching – Aberdare ecosystem is an IBA
- Photography – with mountain – ridges, peaks, river valleys and forest sceneries
- Fishing – the famous brown rainbow trout – rivers have been stocked with these species
- Horse riding – in designated areas in the Moorlands and open grades in Aberdare North