Aberdare Forest

The Aberdares (summit over 4000m) are the third highest range of mountains in Kenya, this massive range is well known for its thick salient forests, and their prolific game.  The ranges high altitude forests are broken by moorlands and plains, and through the abundant tree cover, there are sensational views of the Rift Valley and the peak of Mt Kenya. 

Wildlife in the Aberdare

The thick vegetation of the Aberdare forests provides perfect cover for countless species of wildlife. Large herds of Elephant and Buffalo move almost silently through the undergrowth, while overhead noisome birds and colobus monkeys dominate the canopy. 

At night, the forest comes alive, the cries of hyrax and the distinctive rasping growl of leopard echoing among the trees. The Aberdares has two ‘Tree Hotels’, unique safari lodges set high in the canopy above waterholes and natural salt licks.

Night sees an unending procession of game emerge from the forests to visit these clearings. 

This is an ideal opportunity for guests to unobtrusively observe game at length. Elephant herds surround the waterholes, drink and then fade way into the forest. Buffalo bulls fight over territory in spectacular battles, Sleek Genet cats descend from the trees and slip through halls of the lodge. The Rhino or the elusive Bongo will occasionally appear and visit the waterhole. The sight is unforgettable. 

The Aberdares can also be explored by vehicle, or on foot. There are trekking trails throughout the forests, and across the moorlands. The Aberdares are a great place for waterfalls.  A few days spent here is one of Kenya’s best forest treks. 

There are a series of spectacular falls along the range, and at Nyahururu, Thompson's Falls have became a popular rest stop for travellers.

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