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ABERDARES NATIONAL PARK:
Tour the Aberdare National Park in Central highlands, west of Mount Kenya for exciting Wildlife Safaris Tours and Holiday Trips. The Aberdares are an isolated volcanic range that forms the eastern wall of the rift valley, running roughly 100km north south between Nairobi and Thomson Falls. Soils are red and of volcanic origin, but rich in organic matter. There are two main peaks, Ol Donyo Lesatima (3,999m) and Kinangop (3,906m) separated by a long saddle of alpine moorland at over 3,000m. The topography is diverse with deep ravines that cut through the forested eastern and western slopes and there are many clear streams and waterfalls. The Aberdares are an important water catchment area providing water to the Tana and Athi rivers and part of Central Rift and Northern drainage basins.
The National Park lies mainly above the tree line running along the 10,000ft contour with some forest and scrub at lower altitude in the 'salient' area near Nyeri with the boundary running down to the 7000ft contour. The unusual vegetation, rugged terrain, streams and waterfalls combine to create an area of great scenic beauty in the National Park. The park is surrounded by a predominantly indigenous forest, whose management is under an MoU between KWS and the Forest Department.
Location:
Central highlands, west of Mount Kenya; Nyeri District; Central Province; 766km2.
Climate:
Mist and rain occur throughout much of the year, with precipitation varying from around 1000mm yearly on the north western slopes to as much as 3000mm in the south east. Heavy rainfall occurs through most of the year.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS
Lesatima peak, Kinangop peak, waterfalls, walks in the moorlands, Twin hills, Elephant hills and Table mountains, Elephants, Second largest population of black rhinos in Salient and Northern Aberdares, Queen Elizabeth learned of her accession to the throne at Tree-tops, The Kimathi Hideout, Night viewing of wildlife at the Ark & Treetops.
Lodges: Ark and Treetops.

ACTIVITIES
Game viewing; trout fishing; camping.

WILDLIFE
Reptiles
Green Mamba, Chameleon, Lizard, Mountain Viper, Rainbow and brown trouts.
Insects/arthropods Butterfly, Dragon fly, Stick insect, Grasshopper.
Major Animals
Aardvark; Ant Bear; Baboon, Olive; badger, honey; Bat, Banana; Bat, Hollow-faced; Bat, Rousette Fruit; Bongo; Buffalo, African; BushBaby, Greater; BushBaby, Lesser; BushBaby, Thick tailed; Bushbuck; Caracal; Cat, African Wild; Cat, Golden; Civet, African; Civet, African Palm; Columbus, Black and White; Dik-dik, Guenther's; Dik-dik, Kirk's; Dog, Hunting; Dormouse, African; Duiker, Blue; Duiker, Bush; Duiker, Common; Duiker, Peters; Duiker, Red; Duiker, Yellow Backed; Eland; Elephant, African; Galago, Greater; Gazelle, Thomson's; Genet, Common; Genet, Large-spotted; Genet, Servaline; Hare, African; Hog, Giant Forest; Hyena, Spotted; Hyrax, Rock; Hyrax, Tree; Impala; Jackal, Black-backed; Jackal, Side-striped; Klipspringer; Leopard; Lion; Mongoose, Banded; Mongoose, Marsh; Mongoose, Pygmy; Mongoose, Slender; Mongoose, White-tailed; Monkey, Black faced Vervet; Monkey, Sykes; Oribi; Otter, Clawless; Otter, Spotted Necked; Pig, Forest Bush; Porcupine, Crested; Rat, Crested; Rat, Giant; Rat, Kenya Mole ; Reedbuck, Bohor; Reedbuck, Mountain; Rhinoceros, Black; Serval; Shrew, Giant White-toothed; Shrew, Mole; Squirrel, Bush; Steinbok; Suni; Warthog; Waterbuck, Common.
Major Birds
Apalis, Black-breasted; Apalis, Chestnut-throated; Apalis, Grey; Bee-eater, Cinnamon-chested; Bee-eater, European; Bonbon, Tropical; Bulbul, Yellow-vented; Bunting, Golden-breasted; Bush Shrike, Black-fronted; Bush Shrike, Doherty's; Buzzard, Augur; Buzzard, Mountain; Buzzard, Steppe; Camaroptera, Grey-backed; Canary, Brimstone; Canary, Yellow-crowned; Chat, Hill; Cisticola, Aberdare; Cisticola,Hunter's; Cisticola, Tinkling; Cisticola, Wing-snapping; Citril, African; Cordonbleu, Red-cheeked; Cormorant, Long-tailed; Coucal, White-browed; Crake, African; Crane, Crowned; Crimson-wing, Abyssinian; Crow, Pied; Cuckoo, Didric; Cuckoo, Emerald; Cuckoo, Klaas';Cuckoo, Red-chested; CuckooShrike, Grey; CuckooShrike; Dove, Emerald-spotted; Dove, Laughing; Dove, Lemon; Dove,     
Pink-breasted; Dove, Red-eyed; Dove, Ring-necked; Dove, Tambourine; Drongo; Duck, African Black; Duck, Red-billed; Duck, Yellow-billed; Eagle, Ayres' Hawk; Eagle, Crowned Hawk; Eagle, Long-crested; Eagle, Steppe; Eagle, Verreaux's; Egret, Little; Egret, Yellow-billed; Falcon, Cuckoo; Finch, Grey-headed Negro; Finch, Oriole; Finfoot, African; Flycatcher, Chin-spot; Flycatcher, Dusky; Flycatcher, European Spotted; Flycatcher, Mountain Yellow; Flycatcher, Paradise; Flycatcher, White-eyed Slaty; Francolin, Jackson's; Francolin, Montane; Francolin, Scaly; Goose, Egyptian; Goshawk, African; Grebe, Little; Greenbul, Fischer's; Greenbul, Olive-breasted; Greenbul, Yellow-whiskered; Greenshank; Hammerkop; Harder, Pallid; Harrier, European Marsh; Harrier, Montagu's; Heron, Black-headed; Heron, Buff-backed; Honeyguide, Greater; Hoopoe, White-headed; Hornbill, Crowned; Hornbill, Ground; Hornbill, Silvery-cheeked; Ibis, Green; Ibis, Hadada; Ibis, Sacred; Ibis, Wood; Kestrel, European; Kestrel, Lesser; Kingfisher, Giant; Kingfisher, Malachite; Kingfisher, Pied; Kite, African Black....
    
COMMON VEGETATION
The dominant biotic communities represented in the park are afro-alpine moorland and moist forest communities. The vegetation varies with altitude with a rich alpine and sub-alpine flora giving way at lower altitudes to bamboo forests and then montane rainforest.
The mountain slopes, especially on the eastern and western flanks, are covered with heavy forest with tree ferns in places, Montana rainforest on the western and north western slopes, ocotea forest on the south east and mixed Podocarpus latifolius forest on the east. The North zone is an open forest with a fairly small amount of dense forest and shrub.At higher levels, around 3000m, the forest gives way to a bamboo zone (Arundinaria alpine) that also has a considerable amount of shrub.
Above the bamboo stretch miles of moorland, broken by rocky outcrops and hills, with a rich alpine and sub alpine flora, thickets of giant heath, species of senecio, lobelia, Festuca pilgeri and Carex moorland, Erica arborea, Helichrysum and Tussock grasses. Pockets of Hagenia forest (Hagenia abyssinica) also occur in sheltered patches on the moorland.
Notable plants include the aberdare endemics, Lobelia Deckenii sattimae and Helichrysum Gloria dei and the Aberdare/Mt Kenya endemics Lobelia bambuseti, Senecio keniensis, Senecio johnstonii, Battiscombei var, Battiscombei and Senecio keniodendron. The Aberdares are rich in the genus Alchemilla including Alchemilla Hageniae, Alchemilla Argyrophylla, Alchemilla Cyclophylla and the rare Alchemilla Microbetula. Species of Prunus, Junipers, Hagenia, Macaranga. The dominant biotic communities represented in the park are afro-alpine moorland and moist forest communities.
The vegetation varies with altitude, a rich alpine and sub-alpine flora giving way at lower altitudes to bamboo forests and then montane rainforest. The lower mountain slopes (1,829-2,590m), are dominated by Podocarpus, Olea and Cedar Juniperus procera. The eastern and western flanks, are covered with heavy forest with tree ferns in places, montane rainforest on the western and north western slopes, ocotea forest on the south east and mixed Podocarpus latifolius forest on the east. The North zone is an open forest with a fairly small amount of dense forest and shrub. At lower altitudes the forest species include cape chestnuts Calodendrum capense, Camphor Ocotea usambarensis, tree fern Cyathea deckeni, elder Sambucus adnata, and wild banana Ensete ventricosa.
At higher levels, (2,600-3,000m), the forest gives way to a bamboo zone with Podocarpus, bamboo Arundinaria alpina, bamboo Hagenia abyssinica.
Above the bamboo strech miles of moorland, broken by rocky outcrops and hills, with a rich alpine and sub alpine flora, thickets of giant heath, species of senecio, lobelia, Festuca pilgeri and Carex moorland, Erica arborea, Helichrysum and Tussock grasses. Pockets of Hagenia forest (Hagenia abyssinica) also occur in sheltered patches on the moorland.

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