Aberdare National Park is characterised by picturesque, steep forested ravines and open moorland. The Park covers the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Range of central Kenya and the Aberdare Salient to their east. Rhino Ark is a charity devoted to the protection of this critical habitat area. The park contains a wide range of landscapes – from the mountain peaks that rise to 14,000 feet (4,300 m) above sea level, to their deep, v-shaped valleys intersected by streams, rivers, and waterfalls. Moorland, bamboo forests and rainforests are found at lower altitudes.
Animals easily observed in Aberdare National Park include the leopard, elephant, East African wild dog, giant forest hog, bushbuck, mountain reedbuck, waterbuck, Cape buffalo, suni, side-striped jackal, eland, duiker, olive baboon, black and white colobus monkey, and sykes monkey. Rarer sightings include those of the African golden cat and the bongo – an elusive forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. Animals such as the eland as well as spotted and melanistic serval cats can be found higher up in the moorlands. The Aberdare National Park also contains a large eastern black rhinocerospopulation.
While visiting Aberdare National Park, one can also indulge in walking, picnics, in the rivers and camping in the moorlands. Even the bird viewing is rewarding, with over 250 species of birds in the park, including the endangered Aberdare cisticola, Jackson’s francolin, sparry hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds andplovers. It is a traditional belief of the Kikuyu that the Aberdare Mountain Range, where this park is located, is one of the homes of Ngai, or God. In order to protect the bongo antelope the lions of Aberdare National Park have been moved to other Kenya Safari national parks.
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|Official Languages||Kiswahili, English|
|Population||45 M (2014)|
|Currency||Kenyan Shilling (Ksh)|
|Time Zone||EAT (UTC +3)|
|Traffic Drives||Leftt Side|
|Best Time to travel||Low Season (Mar–May)|
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