Picturesque, steep forested ravines and open moorland characterise the Aberdare National Park. The park provides a habitat for elephants, black rhinos, leopards, spotted hyenas, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, buffalos, warthogs and bushbucks among others. Rare sightings include those of the Giant Forest hog, bongo, golden cat, serval cat, African wild cat, African civet cat and the blue duiker.

Background Information

 

The Aberdares are a 70-km (43-mile) long massif with a huge mass of high rolling moorland between the Kinangop peak in the south (3,903 m, 12,802 ft) and Ol Doinyo Satima (4,001 m, 13,123 ft) in the north. They also include much of the surrounding forest including the eastern salient area.

As well as being a beautiful area to visit, the Aberdares are also vitally important. Their streams feed two of Kenya’s major rivers: the Tana – with its Hydro-electric schemes - and Sabaki, as well as being the source of 5 of Kenya’s 7 largest rivers. The forests provide vital water catchment for most of Nairobi’s water supply, as well as that of 7 major towns. Farmers depend on the surrounding area’s rainfall and rich soil for food and cash crops, including pyrethrum, tea and coffee. Overall 1 in 3 Kenyans depend on the rainfall, rivers, forests, and wildlife of the Aberdares for a living!

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Visitors can indulge in picnics, 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, Sparrow hawks, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.




In the forests animal species include the Red Duiker, Suni, Bushbuck, Colobus and Sykes Monkeys, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino and leopard – the occasional black leopard has even been recorded. The shy and elusive, highly rare Bongo can occasionally be glimpsed, as well as the rare Giant Forest Hog. On the moorlands Mountain Reedbuck, Elephant, Buffalo, Spotted Serval, and the beautiful black Melanistic Serval are not uncommon. Birdlife includes many highland species including Mountain Buzzards, Crowned Eagles, Golden-winged and Tacazee Sunbirds, Chesnut-winged Starlings, the friendly Mountain Chats and Jackson’s and Montane Francolin as well as the endangered Aberdare Cistocola. Over 290 species have been recorded. Butterflies and insect species are equally diverse and interesting, while reptile lovers may enjoy various lizards - or an occasional (poisonous) Montane Viper warming itself in the morning sun.

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