Aberdare National Park

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Aberdare National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Aberdare Park entrance.jpg
Aberdare Park entrance
Map showing the location of Aberdare National Park
Map showing the location of Aberdare National Park
Location of Aberdare National Park
LocationKenya, Nyandarua County & Nyeri County
Nearest cityNyeri
Coordinates0°25′48″S 36°43′57″E / 0.43000°S 36.73250°E / -0.43000; 36.73250Coordinates: 0°25′48″S 36°43′57″E / 0.43000°S 36.73250°E / -0.43000; 36.73250
Area767 km2 (296 sq mi)
Established1950
Governing bodyKenya Wildlife Service

The Aberdare National Park is a protected area in the Aberdare Mountain Range in central Kenya located east of the East African Rift Valley.[1] It covers the higher areas and the Aberdare Salient to the east.

Overview[edit]

The park is located about 100 km north of Nairobi and stretches over a wide variety of terrain at altitudes from 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) to 4,000 metres (13,000 ft). Established in May 1950, the Aberdare National Park covers an area of 766 square kilometers and forms part of the Aberdare Mountain Range. The park contains a wide range of landscapes - from mountain peaks that rise to 4,000 metres (13,000 ft) 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.

Wildlife[edit]

Wildlife present in the protected area include lion, 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 bamboo forest. Animals such as the eland as well as spotted and melanistic serval cats can be found in the higher moorlands. The Aberdare National Park also contains a large eastern black rhinoceros population. Visitors can camp in the moorlands. With over 250 species of birds in the park, including the endangered Aberdare cisticola, Jackson's francolin, sparry hawk, goshawks, African fish eagles, sunbirds and plovers.

Facilities[edit]

Visitors to the park can find different types of accommodation, from the Treetops lodge, to the Ark - built in the shape of Noah's Ark - and three self-help banda sites, eight special campsites and a public campsite in the moorland. There are also five picnic sites. Both Treetops and The Ark provide excellent nighttime wildlife viewing. Animals seen include Elephants, Cape buffalo, and rhino, which come to the waterholes. The park also includes two airstrips at Mweiga and Nyeri.[2][3]

Park entry and charges[edit]

The park is open daily from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. Entry on foot is prohibited and visitors are turned away after 6:15 pm.
Entry to the park is by smart card only, obtained and loaded at the main gate.

Charges (2013)
Rate Fee
East African Citizens (adults) 300KSh
East African students and children 200 KSh
East African Residents (adults) 1500 KSh
East African students and children 500 KSh
Nonresident adults USD$52[4]
Nonresident students and children $26[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mwangi, P.N., Milewski, A. and Wahungu, G.M. (2004). Chemical composition of mineral licks used by elephants in Aberdares National Park, Kenya. Pachyderm 37: 59−67.
  2. ^ "Aberdare National Park". Kenya Wildlife Service. 2014-06-29. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  3. ^ "The Ark". thearkkenya.com. Retrieved 2017-04-05.
  4. ^ KENYA WILDLIFE SERVICE WEBSITE
  5. ^ KENYA WILDLIFE SERVICE WEBSITE

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