Aberdare National Park; Elephant hills, Kinangop & Waterfalls

Aberdare National Park travel guide

Aberdare National Park is the protector of one of Kenya’s most valuable natural resource, the Aberdares forest.

Inside the park are many gems including three incredible waterfalls, among them Kenya tallest waterfall, Karuru falls. Towering at 894 feet, it is a 3 step waterfall that is a sight to behold. Standing at its top, the visitor will experience the change of weather in a matter of seconds changing from light rain to sunshine every few minutes.

World renown as the place where Queen Elizabeth learned of her succession to the throne, the Aberdares National Park covers the higher areas of the Aberdares range mountain Range of Central Kenya.

Typography and Wildlife in the Park

Aberdare National Park Elephant hills Kinangop peak and Waterfalls Kenya Forest

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, Baboon, black and white Colobus monkey and Sykes monkey.

Rarer sightings include those of lions, the golden cat, serval cat, wild dogs, endemic mole rat, more shrews 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.

Visitors can also indulge in hiking activities, picnics, and 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.

Things to do and see in Aberdare National Park

Aberdare National Park Elephant hills Kinangop peak and Waterfalls Kenya Forest

  • Lesatima peak
  • Kinangop peak
  • Waterfalls (Chania, Karuru, and Zaina)
  • Magura walks in the moorlands
  • Twin hills
  • Elephant hills and the Table Mountains
  • Second largest population of black rhinos in salient and Northern Aberdares
  • The Kimathi hideout
  • Kimathi post office Mugumo tree
  • Mau Mau caves

How to get there: Aberdare national park Gates and Location

The Park is open every day of the week from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. Entry by foot is prohibited unless you are hiking and trekking with an armed KWS Guide.


On tarmac from Nyeri and Narumoru on the eastern side (160 Km from Nairobi). The gates on the Nyeri side are Ruhuruini gate, Kiandongoro gate, Treetops gate, Ark gate and Wandare gate.

From Naivasha and North Kinangop on the west (Njambini forest station gate). The other gates on the Naivasha and Nyahururu side; Rhino gate, Shamata gate, and Mutubio gate.

The main towns from which the park can be accessed are Mweiga, Nyeri, Nyahururu, Naivasha, and Njabini Forest Station.


Mweiga airstrip which is next to the park headquarters or the Nyeri airstrip which is about 12 Km from Mweiga Headquarters

Park fees, charges and mode of payment

Citizens (adults): 300KSh
Kenyan students and children: 200 KSh
Residents (adults): 1500 KSh
East African students and children: 500 KSh
Nonresident adults: $52
Nonresident students and children: $26

For Day Hiking and Trekking activities, the charges vary depending on the group or team the visitors goes with.

Mode of payment:

The modes of payments are Mpesa and Safari Card.

Contacts for the park

Tel: +254 (20) 600800, 602345

Mobile: +254 722 757746 / +254 734 256 755

Fax: +254 (20) 6077024

Where to stay: Aberdare National Park Accommodation

Aberdare National Park Elephant hills Kinangop peak and Waterfalls Kenya Forest

In-Park Accommodation

  • The Ark Limited
  • Aberdares country club
  • Treetops Hotel and Lodge
  • Giraffe Ark hotel

KWS self-catering Accommodation

  • Fishing lodge
  • Ruhuruini (Tusk Camp, Super Hut)
  • Campsites (Ruhuruini, Wandare, and Shamata)

Hiking and Trekking Elephant hill in the Aberdares National Park

The Aberdares is one of the best places to go hiking while in Kenya. The best hiking and trekking trails include; Elephant hills, Kinangop peak, Table Mountain and the Lesatima peak.

Visitors can also enjoy the view of waterfalls, bamboo plantations and walking in the bog.


There are hiking groups in Nairobi, Kenya doing team hikes every weekend to the Aberdares forest. If you are looking for one, contact us or check out our Facebook group for the latest activities.