Hiking Aberdare Ranges
Enjoy the ultimate adventure hiking the aberdare ranges in an attempt to summit Oldonyo Lesatima. The Aberdare national park was branded as a world class tourist destination and conservation area with the slogan “Majestic peaks, moorlands, falls and so much more”. The high moor lands are ideal for wilderness trekking complete with clear panoramic views and tumbling streams.
Aberdare Hiking Adventure
Experience a thrill of a lifetime hiking at Aberdare for a span of four days. The meandering valleys, ranges, forest, caves & waterfalls undoubtedly makes this park the perfect place to be one with nature. It is estimated that 2000 elephants roam the Aberdare forest. The forest is known for its botanical richness and waterfalls.
Accommodation will be in the form of campsites. Fresh food will be prepared by our cook in addition we cater for special diets [Vegetarian/Vegan meals]. We will organize a ranger who will accompany us throughout the hiking safari.
Our 4×4 safari vehicles are customized for the ultimate safari experience. We have accessorized our safari vehiles with pop up roofs ideal for game viewing, hifi radio communication gadgets and comfortable seats.
While on the aberdare ranges hiking adventure you will also enjoy the services of our experienced driver guides who have enormous knowledge on wildlife as well as different sceneries in the country.
The thrill of touring various wildlife gems is an adventure that should be on every tourist’s bucket list. Our Kenya trekking adventure gives you the opportunity to experience first hand the diversity in terms of culture as you socialize with the locals as well as epic game viewing encounters in this premium park.
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Four Days Aberdare Ranges Hike. [Itinerary]
Day One: Nairobi – Aberdare
A representative from Kenya epic safaris will meet you at your hotel or pick you up from the airport and after briefing you he or she will hand you over to your assigned driver guide to facilitate the hiking aberdare ranges adventure.
You will be driven north by your driver guide who will keep you entertained and informed on different sceneries as you journey to Mweiga; where we shall meet our armed ranger and further proceed up into the forested eastern slopes of the Aberdare ranges. Picnic lunch in the park.
We will trek through high moorlands through thickets of St. John’s Wort and Rosewood Glades. Dinner and overnight at Reedbuck campsite 3090 meters above sea level.
Day Two: Aberdare
This morning we aim to start the walk at 7am with the purpose to finish at 2pm. After breakfast we will begin our trek via the Spectacular Chania falls to Wandere Junction where we will set up camp at 3150 meters above sea level.
Over 40 species of wildlife inhabit these mountain ranges, hiding in the heavily forested slopes and in the upper moorlands. Walking is always cool with plenty of clear trout filled mountain streams.
Our walk extends below the bamboo forest, climbing up onto the moorlands. There is always the likelihood of encountering large game that may prove precarious whilst walking through the African bush but to emphasize; our trained and armed game ranger knows the area and habits of the game and will help us avoid such confrontations as much as possible.
The Aberdares ranges is noted as a rhino sanctuary however one should keep an eye out for the elusive rare bongo, which is best spotted in the upper bamboo zone and hypericum scrub. Dinner and overnight at the campsite.
Day Three: Aberdare
After a delicious breakfast while the sun rises; we will start walking via the Wandare’s track subsequently for the rest of the day; picnic lunch en route. Dinner and over night at a campsite close to the fire spotting station camping at 3,400 meters above sea level.
Day Four: Aberdare – Nairobi
Early breakfast; depart camp with our picnic lunches with the aim of trekking to peak. Begin our three hour walk to Oldonyo Lesatima standing at 4100 meters above sea level and indeed the highest peak of the Aberdare ranges. From the summit we have amazing view of mount Kenya & Kilimanjaro moreover lake Naivasha & Nakuru along with Daiga hills.
We will have an opportunity to take epic photos & selfies. Not long afterwards we will embark on descent of the ranges so as to meet our driver guide who will drive us back to Nairobi. Drop off at a hotel or the airport where our aberdare ranges hiking adventure ends.
End of services.
- Transport in a customized safari van with a pop up roof ideal for game viewing .
- All park entrance fees.
- Meals as described in the itinerary.
- Budget accommodation in tents.
- Game drives and other activities as described in the itinerary.
- Services of an English speaking driver guide / hiking guide & armed ranger.
- Complimentary Bottled water 1 Litre per person per day.
- All government taxes.
- International airfares.
- All expenditure of personal nature such as telephone calls, hard drinks, soft drinks and laundry.
- Travel Insurance.
Know Your Park
The Aberdare National park was established in 1950, it covers an area of 766 square kilometers and is 100 km north of Nairobi. The park has five entry points depending on where you are coming from, the entry points are Kiandongoro gate, queens gate, east gate, treetops gate, ark gate. The park entry fee is paid using a smart card which can be loaded at the main entry point.
The Aberdare Mountains are part of the central highlands Kenya, from north-south between Nairobi and Thomson’s falls. The mountain slopes especially on the eastern and western slopes are covered with thick forest giving way to bamboo zone on the higher levels. Deep ravines cut through the forested inclines through which hidden streams flow and waterfalls cascade down hundreds of open moorlands, broken by lichens covered rocky outcrops, hills and crags, thickets of giant heath and tussock grass.
Wildlife easily observed include the lion, leopard, african elephant, african hunting dog, giant forest hog, bushbuck, mountain reedbuck, waterbuck, cape buffalo, suni, side-striped jackal, eland, duikers olive baboon, black and white Colobus monkey, and sykes monkey. Rarer sightings include those of the golden cat and the bongo – an elusive forest antelope that lives in the bamboo forest. Animals like the eland and spotted and melanistic serval cats can be found higher up in the moorlands.
Recently a project that stated twenty one years ago by conservationist Ken Kuhle’s Rhino Ark to fence the Aberdare national park was finished successfully. In the “olden days,” elephant and other game used to migrate from the Aberdare Mountains towards Mt. Kenya and into the Rift Valley, but the population pressure of modern day Kenya has made wildlife migration all but impossible in those parts of the country, as farms and homesteads have now spread around the park, cutting it off from other areas where game is found.
- Do not Litter the park/reserve.
- Do not feed the animals, i.e. monkeys or baboons.
- Do give the animals the right of way and do not disturb wildlife.
- Do not take any plant or animals remains, dead or alive.
- Do not start fires or throw cigarettes in the parks/reserve.
- Do stay in your vehicle except at designated viewing points.
- Do not shout, laugh loudly, honk or play loud music as this will keep away the animals.
- Do not provoke any animals; it’s dangerous.