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.
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!