The Aberdare National Park is part of the Aberdare Mountain Range and was created in 1950 to protect the forested slopes and moors of the Aberdare Mountains. The park is a fascinating region of Kenya. According to traditional Kikuyu folklore, this is one of the homes of Ngai (God). Mountain ranges and peaks soar to around 14,000ft giving way to deep V-shaped valleys with streams and rivers cascading over spectacular waterfalls-this area is a must for landscape lovers. From its vital catchment area the Aberdare Rainforest feeds the entire local and Nairobi water supply.
Above the forest is a belt of bamboo, a favourite haunt of the bongo, a rare and elusive forest antelope. At 10,000ft the bamboo gives way to moorland, home to eland, spotted and melanistic serval cats. Other features are the giant alpine varieties of lobelia, groundsel and heather. Ideal for walking, picnics, camping and trout fishing in the rivers, the moorlands are reminiscent of the European highlands.
Animals abound in the forest: elephant, buffalo, giant forest hog and Kenya’s indigenous and endangered Black Rhino. Bird viewing is incredible with over 250 species recorded including Jackson’s Francolin, sparrow hawk, African goshawk, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.