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Land of Majestic Peaks, Moorlands & Intriguing Falls

The Aberdares are an isolated volcanic range that forms the eastern wall of the rift valley, This beautifully scenic region is much cooler than the savannahs and offers a completely different perspective on the country. Lying above the tree line, the scenery is spectacular with its mountainous terrain covered in thick tropical forests swathed in mist.

The Park is particularly famous for this is the place where Princess Elizabeth found out that she was Queen upon the death of her father at Treetops Lodge. Since then, the game lodge has been popular with tourists on safari to Kenya.

Elephants and buffaloes suddenly making a quick dash in and out of the thick rainforest in the middle of nowhere makes a great thrill of your game viewing experience. One of the best places to see the local denizens is at one of the waterholes by the lodges. The Park has several high mountain peaks, deep ravines with icy mountain streams and many beautiful waterfalls with a moorland plateau. You can explore the park while on game drives and trek up the high peaks and take in the spectacular scenery.

The undulating rise and fall of the misty valleys, hills and mountains of the spectacular Aberdare National Park are a sight to behold. Open moorlands, forests characterize the vast park coupled with a deep lush of clean crisp air that hangs around just perfect for that ‘me’ time, peace and tranquility.

The picturesque mountainous scenery is one of the highlights of a visit to this wonderland.

Attractions & Activities

The Park is renowned for its torrential waterfalls plunging from cloud-shrouded heights to spray-filled ravines. These are; the magnificent Karuru water falls, whose ice cold crystal clear waters drop an impressive 300m, the spectacular Gura water falls which torrent from the opposite side of the same gorge, the sheer drop of the Chania water falls, and the enchanting Magura water falls which cascade across the yawning mouth of the Queen’s Cave.

One surprising picturesque and unique attraction are the Dragon Teeth: a volcanic rock formation assuming the rugged look of a set of teeth sitting on a jaw. The dragon teeth are located in the northern moorlands part of the park, south of the equator. The twin peaks/towers are also a magical sight in the foggy but spectacular landscapes of the Aberdare moorlands. The pair of rocks located near each other are outcrops formed as a result of volcanic formations.

Rare animals include–Black rhino, Black Serval, Black Leopard (seldom seen) and the Eastern Bongo (a huge forest Antelope). Also elephants, buffalos, giraffes, blue and Columbus monkey, leopard, lion, warthog, giant forest hog, bushbuck, red duiker, suni, reedbuck and eland.

Are you the adrenaline filled outdoor adventure lover who’s always on the go, up for some adventure? Get away from routine and sneak in for some clean crisp air as you hike up the Elephant and Satima Hills hiking trails via Shamata for a one day activity with friends, family or with your chama mates. The hiking activity in this part of the Aberdare ranges is gaining popularity with groups as it’s a one day affair that combines well with a road trip.

Aberdare National park is a wilderness an adventure park


Stay in the Wild, Explore, Create Memories

Set in the quietude of nature, KWS offers a modest and wide range of self-catering accommodation options targeting the budget traveler. Whether you are looking to get away from the daily grind of life, away from the hustle and bustle of life in the city in the serenity of the bush, or just to soak in your senses and reconnect with nature, KWS bandas and guesthouses offer the perfect ambience. Aberdare National Park offers the following;

Fishing Lodge:

Accommodation: 2 units; 7 pax per unit Each cabin has three bedrooms. Two bedrooms have one double and one single bed. The last bedroom has a single bed.

Amenities: Two ensuite bathrooms per cabin, furnished sitting room with a fire place, dining area and a kitchen equipped with gas stove, kitchen utensils, cutlery, crockery and glasses.

Beddings, towels, soap and toiletries are provided. Lighting is by kerosene lamps and solar lamps all round. A house caretaker is available. Visitors are advised to bring their own firewood for warming. 

Camping rates:

Citizens & Residents: KES 14,000

Non-Residents: US$ 210

Most campsites are located near rivers in the park unless otherwise indicated.

*Reservation of bandas/guesthouses and special campsites should be done through the park warden or through KWS headquarters reservations desk;

*Prevailing camping rates apply per person per day for both special and public campsites including other park charges. 

Park Fees


Adult: KES 300

Child/Student: KES 215


Adult: $52

Child/Student: $26

Mode of Payment

MPesa. Visa Card. Direct deposits to KWS bank accounts. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

Special Activities

Security/Guided tour per guide

  • KES 1,720 – up to 4 hours

  • KES 3,015 – Over 4 hours

Vehicle Charges per day

  • Less than 6 seats KES 300

  • 6-12 seats KES 1,030

  • 13-24 seats KES 2,585

  • 25-44 seats KES 4,050

  • 45 seats and above KES 5,000


By Road: The Park is readily accessible on tarmac from Nyeri and Naro Moru on the Eastern side and it’s located 150 Km from Nairobi. A road crosses the park through the lower slopes up to the Moorlands to connect with another one from Naivasha on the western side. Naivasha is 87 Km from Nairobi. The park Hq is 15 Km from Nyeri town along the Nyeri – Nyahururu road.

By Air: The nearest airstrip is Mweiga Airstrip on the opposite side from Park hq along Nyeri – Nyahururu road near Sasini Estate Farm

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