Aberdare National Park


About Aberdare National Park

Nestled within the East African Rift Valley lies the enchanting Aberdare National Park, a gem of biodiversity and natural wonders. Established in May 1950, this 766-square-kilometer expanse was gazetted to safeguard the rich wildlife and stunning Aberdare mountain ranges, earning its prestigious place on the UNESCO heritage sites list. Governed by the esteemed Kenya Wildlife Service, Aberdare National Park beckons travelers with its diverse terrain, ranging from mist-covered mountain peaks soaring to 4,000 meters above sea level to lush valleys and v-shaped gorges.

At Aberdare National Park, visitors are treated to a spectacle of wildlife species thriving in their natural habitat. From rare Bongo Antelopes and elusive leopards to majestic elephants and Cape buffalos, the park is a sanctuary for an array of creatures. Bird enthusiasts will delight in spotting Aberdare cisticolas, African fish eagles, and other avian wonders amidst the park’s verdant landscapes.

The park’s highlights are as varied as its inhabitants. Majestic mountain scenery and cascading waterfalls provide breathtaking backdrops for unforgettable adventures. Rare mammal sightings, including the elusive Black leopards and Eastern Bongo, offer a glimpse into the park’s mystique. Treetops Lodge stands as an iconic attraction, offering panoramic views of wildlife congregating around waterholes, echoing its storied past as the place where Princess Elizabeth learned of her ascension to the throne.

A wealth of activities awaits within Aberdare National Park, promising unforgettable experiences for every traveler. Embark on game drives through thick rainforest vegetation, where encounters with elephants and buffalo await. Trek to stunning mountain peaks, traverse icy streams, and marvel at the beauty of cascading waterfalls amidst moorland plateaus. Birdwatchers can indulge in the park’s diverse avian population, while trout fishing and mountain hiking offer additional avenues for exploration.

Accommodation options within Aberdare National Park cater to every preference, from the iconic Ark Tree Lodge overlooking salt licks to the tranquil Abergare Country Club nestled on the slopes of Mweiga Hill. Whether seeking adventure or relaxation, Aberdare National Park promises an unforgettable escape into nature’s embrace.

For those eager to embark on a journey to Aberdare National Park, Daylight Adventures & Safaris offers expertly curated experiences tailored to suit every traveler’s desires. Book your safari with us and embark on a journey to discover the wonders of Aberdare National Park, where every moment is a testament to the beauty and majesty of the natural world.


Explore Aberdare National Park’s lush beauty and wildlife treasures during the dry season from June to September, enjoying ideal conditions for unforgettable safaris.

Home of

Forest Elephants, Buffalo, Lion and several species of antelope such as Waterbuck, Duiker, the rare Suni and Bushbuck.

Peak Time

Jul - Oct

Famous For

The site where in 1952, Princess Elizabeth became Queen after the death of her father King George VI, whilst staying at the Treetops Hotel.

Best Time to Visit

Jul - Oct, Jan - Feb

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Aberdare National Park boasts diverse landscapes, rare wildlife sightings, and stunning mountain scenery, making it a truly unique safari destination. With Daylight Adventures & Safaris, you’ll experience the park’s wonders firsthand.

Daylight Adventures & Safaris offers a range of accommodation options within Aberdare National Park, from the iconic Ark Tree Lodge to the tranquil Abergare Country Club. Each provides comfortable lodging amidst the park’s natural beauty.

With Daylight Adventures & Safaris, you can embark on game drives, mountain hikes, birdwatching expeditions, and photographic safaris in Aberdare National Park. Our expert guides ensure unforgettable experiences tailored to your preferences.

Daylight Adventures & Safaris offers convenient transportation options to Aberdare National Park. You can drive from Nyeri or Naro Moru, or opt for a scenic flight from Wilson Airport to Mweiga or Nyeri Airstrip near the park headquarters.

The best time to visit Aberdare National Park with Daylight Adventures & Safaris is from January to February and June to September, when the weather is cool and ideal for wildlife viewing. However, our expert guides ensure memorable experiences year-round.

Yes, Aberdare National Park is home to rare wildlife species, including Black leopards and Eastern Bongo. With Daylight Adventures & Safaris, you’ll have the opportunity to spot these elusive creatures with the guidance of our knowledgeable guides.

Booking a safari to Aberdare National Park with Daylight Adventures & Safaris is easy. Simply visit our website or contact our friendly team to customize your itinerary and embark on an unforgettable adventure in this spectacular wilderness.

It’s one of the key national parks protecting the rare and endemic species of Kenya’s Highland forests.

It’s named after Lord Aberdare, a British statesman who helped establish wildlife conservation policies in Kenya.

Nyandarua is a Kikuyu word meaning “dripping water”, referring to the park’s waterfalls.

The Treetops and Ark lodges are built on forest platforms allowing guests to view wildlife at eye level.

The Park harbors a significant population of Eastern black rhinos.

Excellent, with over 250 species recorded, including many Afro-alpine highland specialists.

The drier months of December-March and June-September are generally better for wildlife viewing.

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