The Aberdare National Park is part of the Aberdare Mountain Range in Kenya’s central highlands, a region of stunning and diverse landscape where jagged peaks soar up to 3,930m and deep ravines cut through the forested slopes. This Kenya game reserve is ideal for seeing wildlife, walking, picnics and trout fishing.
Dense forests and moorlands cover most of the area along with grasslands too, and these are sharply cut by rivers that flow through deep ravines and cascade down glorious waterfalls. The rainforest is a vital water catchment area with attractive streams and rivers supporting a broad range of wildlife.
Animals that can be found on safari in Aberdare National Park include elephant, buffalo, the Black Rhino, leopard, baboon, black and white Colobus monkey and sykes monkey. Rarer sightings include those of lions, the golden cat and the bongo – an elusive antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. Eland and several cats can be found higher up in the moorlands.
Bird-watching is very good here with over 250 species of birds in the park, including the Jackson’s Francolin, sunbirds and plovers. The birds of prey are of particular interest with African Goshawks, Ayres’ Hawk Eagles, Rufous-breasted Sparrow Hawk and Mountain Buzzards.
The unique terrain can be navigated by foot, vehicle and even horseback in the private conservancy surrounding the Aberdare highlands. Hiking and leisurely walks are exploratory options for discovering the delicate flora, insects, amphibians and smaller mammals, while horseback safaris at Aberdare Country Club’s private conservancy ignite the romance of a country-style safari experience.
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