Aberdare National Park

Size: 766 sq km (295 sq miles)

The Aberdare National Park covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Range of central Kenya. 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. The National Park lies mainly above the tree line running along the 10,000 ft (3,048 metres) contour with some forest and scrub at lower altitude in the ‘salient’ area near Nyeri with the boundary running down to the 7,000 ft (2,296 metres) contour.  The eastern side is 160 km (100 miles) from Nairobi. A road crosses the park to connect with another from Naivasha (87 km from Nairobi) and North Kinangop on the west.

Major attractions are 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. Treetops lodge, where Queen Elizabeth II learned of her accession to the British throne, and the Ark are popular for viewing animals at the waterholes at night.


Mist and rain occur throughout much of the year.


Animal life is most abundant in the forest zone. Large mammals are represented by elephants, buffalo, bongo and black rhino among others. Carnivores include lion and leopard, whereas primates are represented by baboon, black and white colobus and sykes monkeys.  There are also over 250 recorded bird species.

Best time to visit: All year round.