Aberdare Walking Safari
Undertaking the Aberdare walking is an adventure that should be one every tourist bucket list. The Aberdare national park was branded as a world class tourist destination and conservation area with the slogan “Majestic peaks, moor lands, falls and so mush more”. The high moor lands are ideal for wilderness trekking complete with panoramic views clear and tumbling streams.
Experience a thrill of a life time hiking at aberdare for a span of four days. The meandering valleys, ranges, forest and falls makes this park the perfect place to be one with nature. Its estimated that 2000 elephants roam the Aberdare forest. The forest is re known for its botanical richness and water falls. Accommodation will be in form of campsites. Fresh food will be prepared by our cook and we will organize a ranger who will accompany us through out the safari.
Nairobi – Aberdare National Park
Depart Nairobi early morning and drive north to Mweiga to meet our armed ranger and then up into the forested eastern slopes of the Aberdare ranges.
We trek through high moorlands through thickets of St. John’s Wort and Rosewood Glades. Dinner and overnight at Reedbuck campsite 3090 meters above sea level.
Aberdare National Park
We aim to start the walk at 7am to finish at 2pm. We walk via the Spectacular Chania Falls to Wandere Junction where we set up camp close by 3150 meters above sea level.
Over 40 species of wildlife inhabit these mountain ranges, hiding in the heavily forested slopes and in the upper moor lands. Walking is always cool with plenty of clear trout filled mountain streams.
Our walk starts below the bamboo forest, climbing up onto the moor lands. There is always likelihood of encountering large game that may prove precarious whilst walking through the African bush but our trained and armed game ranger knows the area and habits of the game and will help us avoid such confrontations as much as possible.
The Aberdares is noted as a rhino sanctuary but keep an eye out for the elusive rare bongo, which is best spotted in the upper bamboo zone and hypericum scrub.
Aberdare National Park
We follow Wandare’s Track through out the day; picnic lunch en route. Dinner and over night at a campsite close to the Fire Spotting Station. 3,400 meters above sea level.
Aberdare National Park – Nairobi
We proceed early morning by vehicle towards the higher part of the Aberdares where we get dropped off and proceed to trek up Ol Doinyo Le Satima at 4000 meters above sea level.
Trekking is through good tropical alpine vegetation such as Lobelia and goundsel. We descend by vehicle looking for game along the way as we exit the park.
We drop off the ranger at the main gate and drive back to Nairobi. On arrival drop off at your hotel or the airport.
- Transport in a custom 4×4 safari minibus with pop up roof.
- All park entrance fees.
- Meals as described in the itinerary.
- Accommodation in tents.
- Camping fees.
- Services of an English speaking hiking guide.
- Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
- All government taxes.
- International airfares.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.
The Aberdare National park was established in 1950, it covers an area of 766 square kilometers and is 100 km north of Nairobi. The park has five entry points depending on where you are coming from, the entry points are Kiandongoro gate, queens gate, east gate, treetops gate, ark gate. The park entry fee is paid using a smart card which can be loaded at the main entry point.
The Aberdare Mountains are part of the central highlands Kenya, from north-south between Nairobi and Thomson’s falls. The mountain slopes especially on the eastern and western slopes are covered with thick forest giving way to bamboo zone on the higher levels. Deep ravines cut through the forested inclines through which hidden streams flow and waterfalls cascade down hundreds of open moorlands, broken by lichens covered rocky outcrops, hills and crags, thickets of giant heath and tussock grass.
Wildlife easily observed include the lion, leopard, african elephant, african hunting dog, giant forest hog, bushbuck, mountain reedbuck, waterbuck, cape buffalo, suni, side-striped jackal, eland, duikers olive baboon, black and white Colobus monkey, and sykes monkey. Rarer sightings include those of the golden cat and the bongo – an elusive forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. Animals like the eland and spotted and melanistic serval cats can be found higher up in the moorlands.
Recently a project that stated twenty one years ago by conservationist Ken Kuhle’s Rhino Ark to fence the Aberdare national park was finished successfully. In the “olden days,” elephant and other game used to migrate from the Aberdare Mountains towards Mt. Kenya and into the Rift Valley, but the population pressure of modern day Kenya has made migration all but impossible in those parts of the country, as farms and homesteads have now spread around the park, cutting it off from other areas where game is found.
- Do not Litter the reserve/park.
- Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys or baboons.
- Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife.
- Do not take any plant or animals remains, dead or alive.
- Do not start fires or throw cigarettes in the reserve.
- Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points.
- Do not shout, laugh loudly, play radio or cassettes as this will keep away the animals.
- Do not provoke any animals its dangerous.