National Park

Aberdare National Park

A highland haven of Kenyan wildlife and scenic beauty.

Kenya
Location
767 km²
Geographic Size
Dry Season
Best Time to Visit

About Aberdare National Park

Aberdare National Park, nestled in Kenya's central highlands, is known for its majestic peaks, waterfalls, and diverse ecosystem. This park offers an array of landscapes from moorlands and bamboo forests to rainforests, creating a sanctuary for wildlife including elephants, leopards, and the rare black rhinos. It's also a bird watcher's paradise, w...

When to go

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Seasons

June - September
Best time to go
Optimal wildlife viewing and access to trails.
October - December
Shoulder Season
Heavy rainfall can limit access to some areas but offers lush scenery and fewer tourists.
June - September
January - February
March - May
High Season
Dry weather makes for excellent wildlife viewing; clear skies provide spectacular views of the landscape.

What to do

Wildlife

Aberdare National Park is a protected area rich in wildlife, offering sightings of elephants, leopards, and the rare black rhinos amidst a breathtaking landscape.

Lion

Occasional

Elephant

Common

Black Rhino

Rare

Cheetah

Not Present

Hippo

Rare

Hyena

Occasional

Leopard

Occasional

Giraffe

Common

Zebra

Common

Gazelle

Common

Buffalo

Common

Wildebeest

Not Present

What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Aberdare National Park is generally safe. It is advised to have vaccinations for hepatitis A, typhoid, and yellow fever. Malaria prophylaxis may be recommended depending on the time of year and areas visited within Kenya.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
The park is accessible by road from Nairobi, approximately a 3-hour drive. The nearest towns for access are Nyeri and Naivasha.
Getting Around
Guided tours are the best way to explore the park, with options for game drives, walks, and horseback rides.
Visas
Visitors to Kenya need an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) for entry, available through an online application. Some nationalities are exempt. Check the latest requirements before travel.
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