The Aberdare National Park is part of the Aberdare Mountain Range, a fascinating region of Kenya which, according to traditional Kikuyu folklore they are one of the homes of Ngai (God).
Mountain ranges and peaks soar to around 12,900ft giving way to deep V-shaped valleys with streams and rivers cascading over spectacular waterfalls with the main ones being Karuru waterfalls which fall in three steps, 1st step 117M, 2nd step 26M and 3rd 130M, making a total of 273M, Chania waterfalls and many other smaller ones. This area is a must for landscape lovers.
Above the forest is a belt of bamboo, a favorite haunt of the Bongo, a rare and elusive forest antelope. This is a magnificent place for walking, picnics, camping and trout fishing in the rivers. The moorlands thickets are home of Bush Duiker and the Black Rhino.
In the forest are red Duiker, Suni, Bushbuck, Elephants, Buffalo, Giant Forest Hog, Leopard and colobus monkey. Bird life is abundant and varied including the Aberdare Cisticola that is critically endangered and the Jackson’s francolin, which is regionally endemic, sparry hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.
There is also a variety of accommodation. Treetops tree-house lodge, campsites, picnic sites, bandas and the Ark, a lodge built in the shape of Noah’s Ark. Night game viewing is provided by the lodges in the Salient area of the Park with excellent sightings of elephant, buffalo, lion and rhino, drawn to the waterholes and saltlicks each evening.