Aberdare National Park

This high altitude National Park was created to protect the slopes and moorlands of the Aberdare Mountains. The park has an area of 767 square kilometers covering the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Range of central Kenya. The altitude ranges from 1,892 meters (6500 feet) to 4001 meters (13,00 feet) above the sea level. Aberdare National Park is located 180 km from Nairobi. This park's topography is quite diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes. Animals that can be seen in this park include: the black rhino (A main feature in this park), baboon, leopard, black and white Colobus monkey, and Sykes monkey. There are also rare sightings of lions, the golden cats and the bongo. Elands, spotted and Melanistic serval cats can be found higher up in the moorlands. Travelers can also enjoy picnics, trout fishing in the rivers and camping in the moorlands. For the bird lovers bird viewing is rewarding, with over 250 species of birds in this park which include: hawks, sunbirds, goshawks, eagles and plovers.

Although Aberdare is close to the equator, the altitude governs the climate. It's cooler than the lower plains and coastal areas and very misty and rainy year round. Great game viewing in this park is offers a unique experience.

The Aberdares are an isolated Volcanic range that firms the Eastern wall of the Rift Valley running approximately 100km north-south between Nairobi and Thompson falls. The vegetation is mountain rain forest, moorlands & thick bamboo forest & sub alpine plants. The park has numerous streams and rivers that cascade into beautiful waterfalls. This is home to the elephant buffalo, lion, rhino, leopard, eland, bushbucks, colobus and sykes monkeys.

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