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Aberdare National Park

Aberdare National Park: Exploring Kenya's Highlands Wilderness

✈️ Airstrip: Main airstrip at Kina, Mulika next to Meru Mulika Lodge and Elsa’s Kopje airstrip

Train:Nanyuki train There is no direct connection from Nanyuki to Aberdare National Park. However, you can take the train to Kiganjo then take the taxi to Aberdare National Park.
💵 Currency: Kenyan Shillings (Kes)

Weather; Warm and Tropical

🗣️ Language: English and Swahili are the national languages
⏰ Time Zone: East Africa Time (GMT+3)

How to get Aberdare National Park

By Road: Access from Nairobi (348 kms) is via Nyeri-Nanyuki-Meru or via Embu all weather roads. Access into the park from Maua to Murera Gate (35 km) and 348 km from Nairobi..
The other access is via Embu to Ura Gate (120 km), 290 km from Nairobi

By Air: Main airstrip at Kina, Mulika next to Meru Mulika Lodge and Elsa’s Kopje airstrip

How to Book a Visit to Aberdare National Park

Good news you don’t have to book in advance. Payment is done on Ecitizen

How Much Is The Entry Fee And Opening Hours?

Citizen Adults-Ksh300

Citizen Child- Ksh215

Resident Adult- Ksh300

Resident Child- Ksh215

Non-Resident  Adult- 52usd

Non-Resident  Child 26USD

Monday to Sunday: 6:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. All year round including public holidays and weekends

What to take with you

Money to buy refreshments or  meals
Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and a guidebook

Aberdare National Park On Google Maps

A Highland Haven of Natural Wonders

Karibu Aberdare National Park, a pristine wilderness retreat nestled in the heart of Kenya’s central highlands. In this blog post, we’ll embark on a journey to uncover why Aberdare National Park is famous, where it’s located, what attractions it holds, the meaning behind its name, and how many gates welcome visitors, all while maintaining a fun yet professional tone.

Why is Aberdare National Park Famous?

Aberdare National Park is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and unique wildlife. The park’s rugged terrain is dominated by dense forests, cascading waterfalls, and towering peaks, including the iconic Mount Kenya. It’s also famous for its tree lodges, such as the Treetops and The Ark, where visitors can enjoy unforgettable wildlife viewing experiences right from the comfort of their accommodations.

Where is Aberdare Located?

Aberdare National Park is located in central Kenya, about 180 kilometers (112 miles) north of Nairobi. It forms part of the Aberdare Mountain Range, which stretches across several counties in the central highlands region.

What is Found in Aberdare National Park?

Aberdare National Park is home to a diverse array of wildlife, including elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and the endangered black rhinoceros. The park’s dense forests provide habitat for various primate species, such as black and white colobus monkeys and Sykes’ monkeys. Birdwatchers will also delight in the park’s avian diversity, with over 250 species recorded, including the rare Aberdare cisticola and Jackson’s francolin.

What Does Aberdare Mean in English?

The name “Aberdare” is derived from the Maasai word “Nyandarua,” which translates to “mountain of whiteness” or “white highlands.” It refers to the snow-capped peaks of the Aberdare Mountain Range, which are often covered in mist and fog.

How Many Gates are in Aberdare National Park?

Aberdare National Park has two main entrance gates: the Aberdare Gate and the Mutubio Gate. These gates provide access to different sections of the park, each offering its own unique attractions and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Aberdare National Park is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered, offering a wealth of natural wonders and unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re exploring its lush forests, marveling at its majestic waterfalls, or spotting wildlife from a tree lodge, Aberdare promises an adventure like no other. So pack your bags, lace up your hiking boots, and get ready to immerse yourself in the beauty of Kenya’s Aberdare National Park.