Aberdare National Park is a protected area located in the Aberdare Mountain ranges, central Kenya. Aberdare National Park was declared a protected are in 1950 to help conserve the Aberdare mountains and the wildlife in it. The park covers an area of 767 square Kilometers. Aberdare National Park is famous because its where Queen Elizabeth II took on the throne in 1952 after the death of his father King George IV while staying at Treetops Hotel inside the park.
The park contains a wide range of landscapes – from mountain peaks to deep v-shaped valleys intersected by rivers, streams and waterfalls. On the base of the Aberdare ranges, you can find rai forests, moorland and bamboo forests
Wildlife in the Aberdare National park
Wildlife in Aberdare National Park include lion, leopard, elephant, East African wild dog, giant forest hog, bushbuck, mountainreedbuck, waterbuck, Capebuffalo, 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. Species such as the common eland, serval live in the higher moorlands.
The Aberdare National Park also hosts a large eastern black rhinoceros population and over 250 bird species including the endangered Aberdare cisticola, Jackson’s spur fowl, sparrow hawk, African goshawk, African fish eagle, sunbirds and plovers.
The park is located about 100 km north of Nairobi and stretches over a wide variety of terrain.