08-02-2021 di redazione
Aberdare National Park is located in the central-western region of Kenya, about 150 km north of Nairobi.
The park takes its name from the surrounding Aberdare Range, the third largest in Kenya, and covers an area of just under 700 square kilometres in the heart of the Kikuyu people's land. Nyandarua was the original name of the Aberdare Range, which in the Kikuyu language means 'dry skin' (perhaps a reference to the lua silhouette), the renaming took place in 1884 by Joseph Thomson, a Scottish explorer, in honour of Lord Aberdare, president of the Royal Geographical Society.
Established in 1950, Aberdere National Park stretches across a wide variety of landscapes, covering altitudes ranging from 2000 to 4000 metres above sea level.
It alternates between vast, wild moorlands, green valleys, hills, lakes and deep canyons with rocky outcrops, and finally "gets lost" in lush alpine forests at high altitudes.
Numerous streams and rivers (rich in trout) cross the park and feed the spectacular waterfalls surrounded by moss-covered rocks and tall ferns. The Karura waterfalls are among the highest in Africa with a drop of almost 300 metres.
In addition to the beauty of Aberdare, there are peaks and ridges, including the "Dragon's Teeth", an extraordinary formation of vlucanic rock that evokes a primordial landscape with a unique appearance, attracting not only photographers of mountain landscapes but also trekking enthusiasts.
The park is the habitat of elephants, black rhinos, leopards, spotted hyenas, baboons, monkeys, buffaloes and warthogs. Rarer sightings include the bongo, an elusive and endangered antelope that usually lives in bamboo forests. Animals such as the eland and serval prefer the more northerly areas of the moors. You will be amazed at the sight of large mammals such as giraffes, elephants, rhinos and leopards wandering through the dense forests and vast expanses of savannah.
Birdwatching is also important and rewarding, with almost three hundred species of birds recorded, including Aberdare's Cisticola and Jackson's hawk, as well as eagles, sparrowhawks and plovers.
Among the many activities offered within the park, visitors can go on classic photo safaris, hiking trails, picnics, trout fishing in the rivers and camping on the moorland.
Abderdare National Park is easily accessible by tarmac road from Nyeri and Naro Moru, a road crosses the park through the lower slopes to the Moorlands and connects with a further road from Naivasha on the western side.
Entrance to the park: 250 Kshs residents and citizens adults/ 200 Kshs children
30 USD non-resident tourists adults/ 20 USD children
Kenya was included in the five countries to visit in 2017 for an eco-conscious holiday by two of America's most important industry operators.
G-Adventure and Intrepid Travel have cited Kenya as one of the most interesting and growing countries in...
If you want to admire the rare aquatic antelope Sitatunga, there is only one park in Kenya where you can go, and it is the smallest in the whole country.
It is the Saiwa National Park, near Kitale, in the...
The Indian Ocean also has its "Big 5". It is not only the savannah of Kenya that
Amboseli National Park is undoubtedly one of Kenya's most popular parks, and we can agree that the reason for its fame is Mount Kilimajaro, which stands out as a stunning backdrop, visible from every point in the park.
One entry for each letter of the alphabet is certainly not enough to contain all the wonders and peculiarities of a unique and varied country like Kenya.
Cradle of humanity, a place that more than any other personifies the so-called...
For the incoming and in the near future increasingly international tourism, thanks to the gradual and limited reopening of all countries, Kenya has decided to strengthen the promotion and sale of holidays focused on...
On 5 July 1969, Kenya tragically and violently lost one of the country's brightest and youngest political minds, a symbol of intertribalism and democratic ideas. Thomas Jospeh Odhiambo Mboya, better known as Tom Mboya...
From today for three days Watamu is promoting itself in the centre of Nairobi.
An important initiative to show the beauty of the coastal tourist resort to the "domestic" tourism of the Capital, which has shown great interest in the...
There are still stands available for those who want to promote their own structure or activity of Watamu in the "Watamu Gateway Expo" which was organized by Domain Innovation Marketing in collaboration with the 7th August Memorial Park of Nairobi,...
"My fight to save Africa's natural treasures'.
This is the eloquent subtitle of an autobiography co-written with journalist Virginia Morell.
The life of the founder of the Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya's staunchest defender of wild animals.
Watamu may seem at first glance to be one of the many villages on the African coast, consisting simply of a small cluster of hotels, a strip of private houses on the beach, a cluttered and poor village shaded by...
PLANTS OF KENYA
Delonix Regia, native to the forests of northern Madagascar, is one of the most beautiful flowering tree species belonging to the Fabaceae family, also known as Leguminosae. It is known by many as...