Aberdare ranges are in a high latitude national park

Aberdare ranges are in a high latitude national park which was created for protection of the moorland of the Aberdare Mountains. The topography of the park ranges from high moorland, hills and peaks to indigenous forests, streams, ravines and waterfalls. Following its high attitude, the ranges are very rainy and misty, and its roads are not passable during the rainy seasons. The Kenya Wildlife service and Rhino Ark which is a charity dedicated for the protection of the area and its wildlife, run Aberdare National Park. These ranges act as homeland to the second largest herd of endangered species of black rhino. Varied animals from Kenya including African elephants, lions, rhinos, black leopards and the elusive bongo antelope. It is good to note that two of the Kenya’s best lodges for safari are located in Aberdare national park; these are The Ark and the Treetops. These lodges offer excellent game viewing at night over the watering hole. The ranges are located about 160km (99 miles) north of Nairobi at the very center of Kenya. The park covers about 766km2. The park has more difficult terrain following its location in the central highlands of Kenya to the west of Mt. Kenya. The volcanic range of the Aberdare Mountains varies from the high moorland at 3000 meters (9842 feet) to the peaks of Kinangop (3906m/12814 feet) and Ol Donyo Lesatima. (3999/13123 feet). The rich, red volcanic soil offers growing conditions which are excellent for the indigenous forest and lies in a contrast to both the forest and the mountain’s rugged and beautiful peaks.

Black Rhinos

A main and unique feature of Aberdare National Park is that it is home to the second largest population of the black rhinos. The ranges have more than 250 bird species which include eagles, plovers, hawks, sunbirds, and goshawks. Around the park there are about 60km of primary roads and 396 km of secondary roads though they are all virtually impassable when it rains and this lasts from March to May and slightly from October to December. Still there are some rainfall and mist all year round due to the ranges high latitude,

When one is going to Aberdare Ranges, there is a tarmac road from Nyeri and Naro Moru on the Eastern side of Aberdare. Nonetheless, the excellent access route is from the towns of Nyahururu and Naivasha. Its gates are situated at Ruhuruina, Ark, Kiandongoro, Wandare and Treetops, if approaching from Nyeri. When coming from Nyahururu the Rhino and Shamata gate is the best to use and while from Naivasha Mutubio is the best. In the Aberdare ranges there are several activities which can be undertaken as well as tourist attractions and wildlife safaris. Here watching of bird is good; trout fishing in the ice cold Guru Karuru and Chania rivers is another common activity; one can also spare time to observe and admire the Kinangop and Lesatima or walk through the moorland and make a visit to the magnificent waterfalls. There is also nocturnal viewing of animals from the Treetops and The Ark lodges. Actually it was while Princess Elizabeth and Great Britain were informed about the death of her father hence making her a queen; there is climbing of the twin hills, elephant hills and table mountains. The best time to visit the Aberdare ranges is during January and February and also from June to September.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2011 01:36