Aberdare National park.

Aberdare National Park

“Majestic Peaks, Moorlands and Falls”


The Aberdare National Park covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Range of central Kenya. The topography is 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.

AberdareNational lodge

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.



  • Roads: The park is readily accessible on tarmac from Nyeri and Naro Moru on the eastern side (160 kms from Nairobi). A road crosses the park to connect with another from Naivasha and North Kinangop on the west. The main towns from which the park can be approached are Nyeri (154 km from Nairobi) Nyahururu (188 km from Nairobi) and Naivasha (87 km from Nairobi).
  • Airstrips: Mweiga Airstrip, next to the park headquarters or Nyeri Airstrip which is 12 km from Mweiga headquarters.

mountain bongo antelope

 Park Gates:

  • Ark Gate
  • Treetops Gate
  • Ruhuruini Gate
  • Kiandagoro Gate
  • Mutubio, Wandaris, Shamata and Rhino


  • Mist and rain occur throughout much of the year, with precipitation varying from around 1000mm yearly on the north western slopes to as much as 3000mm in the south east. Heavy rainfall occurs through most of the year.

Safari Card Required?

  • Entry is by SafariCard only. Safaricards  may be loaded – but not obtained at The Mweiga Park HQ

Major Attractions:

  • Lesatima peak, Kinangop peak, waterfalls, walks in the moorlands, Twin hills, Elephant hills and Table mountains,  Second largest population of black rhinos in Salient and Northern Aberdare, Queen Elizabeth learned of her accession to the throne at Tree-tops Lodge, The Kimathi Hideout/Mau Mau caves,
  • Wildlife:
  • The park is home to most of the larger mammals, having a large population of black rhino. The park is home to most endangered species which include: the rare Bongo, Giant Forest Hog, Packs of the now very rare Wild Hunting Dogs and Endemic mole-rate and mole shrew.
  • Other game include: Leopard, Serval cats, Endemic bird species, reptiles, insects.


  • The prolific bird life features 250 recorded species.

Where to Stay:


  • In – Park Accommodation
  • Lodges
    • The Ark
    • The Aberdare Country Club
    • Tree Tops – Managed by Aberdare Safari Hotels
  •  KWS Self – Catering Accommodation:
  • Fishing Lodge
    • Ruhuruini
    • (Tusk Camp)
    • Sapper Hut; KWS Hut at Treetops; KWS HQ bungalow.

Camping Facilities

  • Public campsites: Reedbuck, Ruhuruini, Wandaris, Shamata.
  • A selection of public campsites

Activity Options:

  • Game viewing
  • Camping
  • Trekking

What to take with you:

  • Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks.


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