Aberdares National Park

The Aberdare National Park in the central highlands of Kenya retains an air of mystery - you can only imagine what undiscovered creatures still lurk here, such as rare Black Leopards.

The Aberdare National Park covers most of the highlands of Kenya. This beautifully scenic region is much cooler than the savannahs and offers a completely different perspective on the country. Game viewing is more challenging making sightings unexpected surprises. The scenery is spectacular with its mountainous terrain covered in thick tropical forests swathed in mist.

At 10,000ft (3,000m), the bamboo gives way to moorland, home to eland, spotted and melanistic serval cats. Other features are the giant alpine varieties of lobelia, groundsel and heather. Ideal for walking, picnics, camping and trout fishing in the rivers, the moorlands are reminiscent of the European highlands.


  • The beautiful mountain scenery is one of the highlights of a visit to this National Park
  • The park has several picturesque waterfalls
  • Rare animals - Black Serval, Black Leopard (seldom seen) and the Eastern Bongo (a huge forest Antelope)
  • Watching animals come to the waterhole at the famous Treetops Lodge

Best time to visit

All year round.

Getting to Aberdares

By Road: The park is accessible on tarmac from Nyeri and Naro Moru on the eastern side.