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
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
- 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
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
- 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.