Part of the Kenyan highlands, Aberdare National Park lies north of Nairobi and offers unusual scenery, not often associated with Kenya. The sprawling savannah plains of the Maasai Mara are replaced by densely forested slopes, the towering figure of Mount Kenya rising in the distance, deep ravines and a cooler climate that lends to invitingly verdant surrounds.
With a Aberdare National Park safari discover a fertile land of thick montane forest that covers an area of 767 km², and shares many noteworthy attributes with neighbouring Mount Kenya National Park, wildlife being a main facet. Fauna is extremely varied, ranging from the rare and elusive bongo antelope and endangered black rhino to the giant forest hog and Harvey's red duiker. Forest monkey, such as black and white colobus and Sykes monkey can also be spotted, along with larger species including leopard and baboon. Birding is a fruitful affair with over 200 species recorded; avian fans can look forward to sightings of pretty mountain yellow warbler, the distinctive golden-winged sunbird and Hartlaub's turaco.
To explore the park a range of activities are on offer, all of which are exciting in their own way and all of which provide a different insight into Aberdare. Take on treks which could vary between nature walks and mountain hikes, indulge in a traditional game drive or enjoy horse riding through the wilderness. There are few accommodations found within the park but those that are offer a comfortable and excellent base from which to explore.
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An unusual property in the Aberdare National Park, this hotel mimicks the shape of Noah's Ark. Overlooking a floodlit waterhole, a number of species visit to quench their thirst, buffalo in particular are a common sight.
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