Aberdare National Park

The Aberdare National Park which is approximately 150km from Nairobi is situated in the higher areas of the Aberdare Mountain Ranges of Central Kenya, covering an area of 767 Km2, from an altitude of 1829M to 4001M above sea level.

Aberdare National Park

The Aberdares is remote volcanic range that forms the eastern wall of the rift valley, running approximately 100 km north-south between Nairobi and Thomson’s Falls

The National Park sits basically above the tree line running along the 10,000 ft (3,048 metres) contour with some forest and scrub at lower altitude in the ‘salient’ area near Nyeri with the boundary coursing down to the 7,000 ft (2,296 metres) contour.  There are two main peaks, Ol Donyo Lesatima (3,999 metres) and Kinangop (3,906 metres) separated by a long saddle of Alpine moorland at over three thousand metres.  The topography is unique with diverse deep ravines that cut through the forested western and eastern slopes with many clear streams and waterfalls.

The Aberdares are an essential water catchment environment offering water to the Tana as well as Athi rivers and part of Central Rift and Northern drainage basins.
The park which is approximately 150Km from Nairobi can be accessed on a tarmac road from Nyeri and Naro Moru on the eastern side. There is a road passing through the lower slopes upto the Moorlands to connect with another one from Naivasha on the western side. The park can also be accessed by air with the nearest airstrip being the Mweiga Airstrip on the opposite side from the park headquarters along Nyeri – Nyahururu road near Sasini Estate Farm.

While at the Aberdare National Park within the lodges you will have the opportunity to view the animals at night. Where you will sit back on your on your balcony or in the observation lounge of your forest lodge and enjoy excellent night game viewing at the floodlit waterhole. Animals that can easily be spotted in the park include; leopard, the Black Rhino, baboon, black and white Colobus monkey and sykes monkey. Some animals that are rarely spotted include; lions, the bongo and the golden cat.

Accommodation in the Aberdare National Park includes

  • The Treetops lodge
  • The Ark lodge

Self – Catering Accommodation at Aberdare National Park:

  • Fishing lodge house
  • Tusk camp bandas
  • Sapper Hut


  • Game viewing
  • Bird watching
  • Photography
  • Camping
  • Horse riding
  • Trout fishing in the rivers
  • Trekking
  • Scenery viewing
  • Picnics
  • Camping in the moorlands

Aberdare National Park Gates

Aberdare National Park Gates and their approximate distance from Nyeri

  • Treetops Gate        –  17 Km
  • Ruhuruini Gate        –  20 Kms
  • Ark Gate         – 28 Kms
  • Kiandongoro        –  30 Kms
  • Wandare Gate        –  47 Kms
  • Mutubio Gate
  • Shamata Gate
  • Rhino Gate

Aberdare National Park Fees

Aberdare National Park Fees is as follows: ( Updated 2020)

Aberdare National Park Fees Citizens Citizens Residents Residents Non -Residents Non -Residents
300 215 300 215 52 26

Hiking In Aberdares National Park

Aberdares National Park offers a beautiful place to do hiking. With its beautiful forests, cool climate, abundant wildlife and sparkling streams. The Aberdare has made walking and trekking easy. For hiking, you will need to have the company of a KWS ranger.

Aberdare Safaris

This park is different from other National Parks, in terms of climate and what it has to offer. It gives you an opportunity to experience a unique environment.

A night or two at Aberdare National park is enough.  It is an experience that you will never forget.

We have safaris to Aberdares national park and others just passing through Aberdare. Find Aberdare Adventure Safaris.

You can do 2 days Aberdares national park safari or Pick from the interesting Kenya safari packages