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Aberdare National Park is located in Central Kenya. The game park is located in the Aberdare Mountain range which is found in the Eastern arm of the great East African Rift Valley.

Aberdare is known for its wide range of landscapes. The landscapes create picturesque moorlands and steep forested ravines that are home to many animals, birds and butterfly species. The beautiful waterfalls make the hiking very rewarding.


On your visit to Aberdare National Park in Kenya, you can enjoy any of the following activities;

  • Wildlife viewing
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • River fishing
  • Camping
  • Photography

When To Visit

Aberdare National Park can be visited all year round. The climate is generally cooler because of the altitude. The region is misty and it rains heavily all year round. Because of the cold climate, you should make sure to pack the right items.

The best time to visit is between January and February as well as June to September when the rains are quite reduced.

The Southern part of the park is more often visited because of its closeness to Nairobi as well as the relatively warm temperatures. Even in the southern part, the temperatures are still much cooler than the usual savannah heat.

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Getting There

Aberdare National Park is located 150 kilometers to the East of Nairobi. A drive from Nairobi to Aberdare National Park would therefore take you around 2 hours. Most visitors often chose to go by road with (and at times without) the services of a Tour Operator.

You can also opt for a chartered local flight from Nairobi to Aberdare National Park. The park has 2 fully functioning airstrips.

Where To Stay

Aberdare is not short of accommodation options. While in Aberdare National Park, you can stay in one of the lodges or chose to camp under the big misty sky.

You will find lodges and hotels that provide luxury, mid-range, or budget accommodation services. If you intend to camp, it is important that you consider the local weather /season of your place of camp - because rainy seasons are torrential pour downs.