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Aberdare National Park

Aberdare National Park
The Aberdares are an isolated volcanic range that forms the eastern wall of the rift valley, running roughly 100 km North - South between Nairobi and Thomsons Falls. Soils are red and of volcanic origin, but rich in organic matter. There are two main peaks, Ol Donyo Lesatima ( 3,999 m ) and Kinangop ( 3,906 m ) separated by a long sadle of alpine moorland at over 3,000 m. The topography is diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes and there are many clear streams and waterfalls. The Aberdares are an important water catchment area providing water to the Tana and Athi rivers and part of Central Rift and Northern drainage basins.


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Aberdare National Park
The National Park lies mainly above the tree line running along the 10,000 ft contour with some forest and scrub at lower altitude in the salient area near Nyeri with boundary running down to the 7,000 ft contour. The unusal vegetation, rugged terrain, streams and waterfalls combine to create an area of great scenic beauty in the National Park. The park is surrounded by a predominantly indigenous forest, whose management is under a MoU betwen KWS and the Forest Departmant.

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.
 
Park Gates
-  Ark Gate
-  Treetops Gate
-  Ruhuruini Gate
-  Kiandagoro Gate
-  Mutubio, Wandaris, Shamata and Rhino

Climate
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 3000 mm in the south east. Heavy rainfall occurs through most of the year.

Safari Card Required
Entry is by Safari Card 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.

Birds
The prolific bird life features 250 recorded species.

Activities
-  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.
 

Park Contacts
Phone:  + 254 (20) 600800, 602345
Mobile:  +245 722757746  +254 734256755
Fax:       + 254 (20) 607024
Email:    aberdare@wananchi.com 
Postal Address: P.O.Box 22, Nyeri, Kenya.