Aberdare National Park Parks and Reserves
A fairly small national park, Aberdare is on Kenya's central highlands. One of the more scenic and tropical parks, it is home to the Big 5, as well as some rare forest-dwelling game like the shy bongo. Within easy striking distance of Nairobi, the Aberdare has some of the original, historical safari lodges, and offers a unique safari experience in spectacular scenery.
* Aberdare National Park Highlights
- ∞Home to Big 5 and many shy, lesser-known animals
- ∞On Kenya's Central Highlands, it has moors and tropical forests, very unique
- ∞Much cooler and pleasant than many of the other parks
- ∞Chance to see rare forest animals like bongo, colbus monkey, leopard
- ∞Photographic hides close to salt licks and waterholes get you up close to big game
- ∞Year-round safari destination with excellent game viewing
A fairly small reserve, the Aberdare National Park offers a totally different safari experience to the better-known, open savannah parks of Kenya. Situated in the country’s Central Highlands, just 180 kms north of Nairobi, it has two unusual landscapes: a moorland plateau and areas of dense rainforest. When you visit the Aberdare on safari, you’ll not only enjoy unique and spectacular scenery – but also excellent game viewing, especially in its eastern sector.
Big 5 reserve with some rare game
Although not as easy to spot as on the open plains – you have every chance of seeing the Big 5: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. You may be lucky enough to spot the elusive bongo – a shy antelope that looks a little like a reddish kudu and lives in the bamboo forests – as well as some of its other forest friends like the colobus monkey, golden cat, giant forest hog and leopard. The area also has a respectable birding list at over 250 species.
It’s one of the more historic parks with well-established lodges like Treetops and The Ark still boasting about their illustrious guest lists from days gone by; like when the young Princess Elizabeth became queen when her father, King George VI passed on the night of 5 February, 1952.
Considered more of a year-round safari destination than some of the other parks, Aberdare is mountainous and can experience mist and rain throughout the year. The drier months of January and February and from June to September are usually the best times to visit with the most rewarding game viewing. The rainy season (rains can be heavy) is usually from March to May.
Easy to get to and well located, the Aberdare offers you some excellent, historical lodges and makes a good addition to your Kenyan safari itinerary.
Before you go to Aberdare National Park Things you should know before you go!
Malaria is a consideration in Aberdare National Park
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