Tourist attractions in Aberdare national park : Aberdare national park is one of the best park to explore while on a Kenya safari. Aberdare national park was established in 1950 covering a land area of 766 square Kilometers with in Nyeri and Nyandua counties in the central Kenya. Aberdare national park thrills with plenty of tourist attractions making it one of the best destination to explore in Kenya.

Tourist attractions in Aberdare national park

Vegetation cover in Aberdare national park

The vegetation of Aberdare national park thrills with a stunning ecosystem of different vegetation types including Moorland, thick forest, Bamboo forest, and Ravines. These vegetation cover especially in the lower altitude thrill with lots of wildlife species including Rhinos, Elephants, Giant forest hogs, Civet cats, duikers, Leopards, Antelopes, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Hyenas, Olive baboons, and many species of monkeys among others.

Aberdare Mountain ranges in Aberdare national park

Aberdare national park thrills with a good number of mountain ranges covered by moorland, bamboo forest and the rain forest all making the entire park stunning and worth a hike. Some of these mountain ranges in Aberdare national park include Mount Santima which is the highest peak in the park followed by Mount Kinangop, Table Mountain, Martini hill, Elephants and Mount Chebuswa. These Aberdare mountain ranges were named after Lord Aberdare in the year 1884 by Joseph Thomas.

Wildlife in Aberdare national park

Aberdare national park thrills with several wildlife species including the endangered Rhinos and several other big 5 game plus lots of small mammals that all call this park their home making it one of the best destinations to visit for wildlife viewing safari.

Some of the wildlife to look out to in Aberdare national park include Rhinos, elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, Elands, Reedbucks, Duikers, Civet cats, leopards, lions,  hyenas, waterbucks, several primates including olive baboons, black and white Colobus monkeys and many more. These animals can be seen during game drive safaris in Aberdare national park.

Birds in Aberdare national park

Aberdare national park is a home to over 250 species of birds thrilling within the savanna woodland and moorland of Aberdare national park. The park harbors some of the endemic and rare bird species making it one of the important birding area in Kenya.

Tourist Attractions in Aberdare National park

Here are some of the bird species to look out for during birding adventure in Aberdare national park and these include; scarlet-tufted malachite sunbird, mustached green tinker bird, African paradise flycatcher, bar-tailed trogon, cinnamon-chested bee-eater, Jackson’s francolin, crimson wing, African hawk, crowned eagle, African green pigeon Abyssinian, Jackson’s francolin, African thrush, Baglafecht weaver, Crowned hornbill, Hartlaub’s turaco, Greater blue-eared starling, White-faced Whistling Duck, Egyptian Goose, African Black Duck, Helmeted Guinea fowl, Jackson’s Francolin, Little Grebe, Speckled Pigeon, Lemon Dove, Dusky Turtle Dove, African Green-Pigeon, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Blue-headed Coucal, Pied Cuckoo, African Emerald Cuckoo, Abyssinian Nightjar, Buff-spotted Fluff tail, Gray Crowned-Crane, Blacksmith Lapwing, African Jacana, Marabou Stork, Yellow-billed Stork, Long-tailed Cormorant, Great White Pelican, Black-headed Heron, Purple Heron, Great Egret, Little Egret, Squacco Heron, Black-crowned Night, African Sacred Ibis, African Spoonbill, Secretary bird, Black-winged Kite, African Harrier-Hawk,  Black-chested Snake-Eagle, Martial Eagle, Black Kite, Verreaux’s Owl  Eagle, Speckled Mouse bird, Bar-tailed Trogon, Malachite Kingfisher, Giant and Pied Kingfisher, Rufous-crowned Roller, Yellow-romped Tinker bird, Green-backed Honeyguide, Mountain Gray Woodpecker, Lesser Kestrel, Red-fronted Parrot, African Black-headed Oriole, African Paradise-Flycatcher, Black-collared Apalis, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Aberdare Cisticola,  Mountain Yellow-Warbler, Lesser Striped Swallow and many more.

Waterfalls in Aberdare national park

Aberdare national park thrills 3 stunning waterfalls thrilling at different altitudes including Gura, Karura and Chania. Karura waterfall consists of 3 steps at 130M, 26M and 117M. A hike to visit one or all of these waterfalls is such a fascinating moment enjoyed at least once in a lifetime.

Cultures and cultural sites in Aberdare national park

Aberdare national park is one of the best park where one can encounter with different cultures while on a Kenya safari. There are some stunning sites where one gets basic information about the past life style the people in Kenya. For instance, tourists have an opportunity of visiting the Mau Mau rebellion sites where the leaders of the Mau Mau rebellion world hide during the rebellion against the British rule.

There are as well lots of local communities surrounding the park where several Kenyans reside such as the Kikuyu people who still believe that their gods Ngai thrill within Aberdare mountain ranges. These local people are good at farming, grazing animals as well as entertaining the tourists during a Kenya safari to Aberdare national park.


With the above attractions, Aberdare National Park is one best destinations to explore while on a Kenya safari. Let us plan your next Kenya safari. We as well organize safaris to other different parts of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Democratic Republic of Congo. Check out our detailed itineraries and let us know how you wish to enjoy your next adventure.