Aberdare National Park


Aberdare National Park

The Aberdare National Park is a protected area in the Aberdare Mountain Range in central Kenya located east of the East African Rift Valley. The park is located about 100 km north of Nairobi and stretches over a wide variety of terrain at altitudes from 2,000 meters to 4,000 meters. 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 meters above sea level, to their deep, v-shaped valleys intersected by streams, rivers, and waterfalls. Moorland, bamboo forests and rain forests are found at lower altitudes.

Wildlife in Aberdare National Park

Wildlife present in the protected area include lion, leopard, elephant, East African wild dog, giant forest hog, bush buck, mountain reed buck, water buck, 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. With over 250 species of birds in the park, including the endangered Aberdare cisticola, Jackson’s francolin, sparry hawk, goshawks, African fish eagles, sun birds and plovers

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