Aberdare National Park is one of the Kenya national parks that travelers on Kenya safari tours can enjoy, anytime of the year. Where is Aberdare National Park located? Aberdare National Park is located in the central part of Kenya, only about 160km from Nairobi by road. Aberdare National Park lies within the 3rd highest mountain ranges in Kenya, covering the higher areas of Aberdare Mountain range, an isolated volcanic range that formed on the eastern end of the Great Rift Valley.

Attractions in Aberdare National Park

As you look to visit Kenya to include Aberdare National Park, there are a number of attractions and things to do in Aberdare National Park that travelers can enjoy. Below are the different attractions in Aberdare National Park;

Mixed Vegetation with Peculiar Topography

Aberdare National Park teems with mixed forest vegetation that creates quite a peculiar topography that is a perfect habitat for a variety of wildlife species.

Animals in Aberdare National Park

Among the abundant animals in Aberdare National Park include the Eastern Black Rhinoceroses, leopards, olive baboons, black and white colobus, buffaloes, jackals, East African wild dogs, spotted hyenas, bushbuck, reedbuck, common zebras, warthogs, Skye’s monkeys, bongos and elusive forest antelopes; lions that are a rare sight, Serval, African golden cats and bongos which are a good sight during night game drives in Aberdare National Park. Other animals in Aberdare National Park also include giant forest hogs and the blue duiker.

Elephant Herds

Deep in the moorlands of Aberdare National Park elephants are seen roaming through the thicket of the dense forest, freely ranging.

Birds in Aberdare National Park

There are over 250 birds in Aberdare National Park that travelers can spot while on a Kenya safari tour in the park. Bird watching is an amazing activity in Aberdare National Park that has travelers spotting various birds in the park, including the African Goshawk, Jackson’s Spurfowl, African Fish Eagle, Sunbird, the endangered Aberdare Cisticola, Plover, and so many others.


Another of the attractions in Aberdare National Park include the beautiful waterfalls like the Karuru waterfalls that cascade in 3 steps; the 1st step is 117m, 2nd step at 26m while the 3rd step is at 130m. Chania waterfalls can also be found in Aberdare National Park, as well as a number of ridges and river valleys which supplement on the beatify and scenery of the park making it a perfect photographer’s destination.

Aberdare National Park
Karuru waterfalls

Activities in Aberdare National Park include bird watching, trekking or walking safaris, camping, photography, as well as game viewing.

How to Get to Aberdare National Park

Aberdare National Park can be accessed both by road and by air. By air, Aberdare National Park can be accessed via the nearest airstrip that is Mweiga Airstrip that is found at the opposite side of the park headquarters along Nyeri-Nyahururu road. By road, Aberdare National Park can easily be accessed via a tarmacked road. Aberdare National Park is 180km from Nairobi city.

Accommodation in Aberdare National Park

There are a number of accommodation options to choose from as you plan out your Kenya wildlife safari tour in the park. Among the campsites in Aberdare National Park include Honi Campsite, Shamara Campsite, P.C Haji’s Campsite, Muringato (M1), Bongo (M2), Nyati (M3), Queen Beatrix (M5), Kuguru (K1), Kifaru (K2), as well as Prince Charles Campsite. The Ark Tree Lodge, which the late Queen Elizabeth II was staying at when she learnt of her becoming The Queen of England; the Ark Tree Lodge overlooks one of the largest salt-lick areas in the Aberdare Mountains that animals especially elephants come for a drink and dip. Another Aberdare National Park lodge is the Aberdare Country Club set right on the slope of Mweiga Hill.

Aberdare National Park is an amazing Kenya safari tour destination that travelers on a Kenya safari can enjoy. Get in touch with a reputable tour operator to help you pitch an amazing Aberdare National Park safari, with an opportunity to extend it to other Kenya national parks like Masai Mara Park possible, as well as extending it to Tanzania for an ultimate Kenya Tanzania safari, to also include Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania, Serengeti National Park Tanzania, Lake Manyara National Park as well as Tarangire National Park among others. Combining a Kenya safari tour with a wildlife safari Tanzania is an amazing experience to look out for.

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