Aberdare National Park

Elephants at Aberdare

Aberdare National Park, is a 767 sq. Kilometres national park in the central highlands west of Mount Kenya, 180 kilometres from Nairobi


The park is open daily from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. Be advised that no entry is allowed on foot and no visitor will be allowed into the park after6.15pm.

Flora and fauna

Include blue and Columbus monkey, Leopard, Lion, Elephant, Warthog, Black Rhino, Giant Forest Hog, bushbuck, Buffalo, Red Duiker, Suni, Serval, Reedbuck, Eland, and the rare bongo antelope. The prolific bird life features 250 recorded species.


Cool climate with rains in March–June and September to December. Vegetation is Rich Alpine and Sub alpine flora giving way to Bamboo and Mountain

Get in

By car

Take the A2 out of Nairobi Via Thika in Nyeri. Then Take Nyeri-Nyahururu road out of Nyeri. Ruhuruini, Arkand treetops gates are signs posted off this road.

By plane

The nearest air strip is at Mweiga.

Get around

The Park often becomes impassible for 2Wd vehicles and thus 4WD vehicles are recommended.


Kenyan citizen 200Ksh, Kenyan Student and organized groups 50Ksh, Kenyan Children 50Ksh. Non Residents; 40US$, Children 20US$, Students and organized groups 10 US$. Entry to the park is by smart card only. Smartcard may be obtained and loaded at the main gate:


Karuru, Gura, Chania and Magura are spectacular waterfalls; The Aberdare Mountains are breath taking Wildlife included four out of the Big 5 (Elephants and Buffalo are numerous, Black Rhino and Leopard are less common), Genets, Defassa Waterbuck, Common Duiker, Warthog, Spotted Hyena, Bushbuck as well as species that are not found elsewhere in Kenya (though even here they are difficult to spot) ie: Eastern Bongo, Golden Cat and Giant Forest Hog.



Hiking Fishing, Mountain climbing, walking, Game drives


Food should be brought by oneself, unless you are staying at one of the lodges where meals are provided. -Armaam


Drinks should be brought by oneself when visiting the park, unless you are staying at one of the lodges where drinks are provided. -Armaan



There are two main hotels in the park. 'The Ark' is a lodge reminiscint of colonial times, where visitors spend the night with views of a salt lick where wildlife congregates. The lodge has three main viewing platforms. Each room has been fitted with electricity and running water. If an animal of interest appeara during the night, you will be alerted by a buzzer. The second hotel is the famous Treetops, which is situated at the border of the park (Nyeri town can be seen). Like the Ark it has a view of a saltlick, however all rooms (excluding the suites) are not fitted with running water and thus facilities such as showers and toilets are communal. -Armaan


The warden: P.o.Box 22 Nyeri, Kenya. Tel: +254(0)6155024121

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