Fast Facts

  • Location: Located in the Central Highlands west of mountain Kenya, more than 160 km north of Nairobi.
  • Attraction Type: National Park.
  • Significance: This national park is known for Bongo antelopes and two amazing lodges — Treetops and The Ark.
  • Best time to Visit: October to February.
  • Visiting Hours: 6.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
  • How to Reach: The nearest airport is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport. Though there is a small airstrip in Mweiga, which is located close to the national park. You can reach the park by taking A2 out of Nairobi via Thika in Nyeri.
  • Nearest Airport: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO).

How would it feel to spend a night in a dense forest, above the ground beside floodlit waterholes with salt licks? How would it feel to share space with wild animals in their own territory? Aberdare National Park offers you the unique opportunity to fulfill all your above-said dreams and enrich your experience that would be hard to forget in your lifetime. Along with the vast range of wildlife creatures, Aberdare National Park is known for its amazing ‘Treetops’ and ‘The Ark’ — two amazing options of accommodation.

Covering about 766 square km area in the Central Highlands west of mountain Kenya, more than 160 km north of Nairobi, Aberdare National Park stretches over an array of terrains and contains a wide range of landscapes, v-shaped valleys intersected by rivers, waterfalls, and streams. The park has a wide range of wildlife creatures, the most famous of which is the Bongo antelope. So, go ahead to explore Aberdare National Park, a lot is in store for you.

Things to Do

Aberdare National Park is a treasure for wildlife lovers. You have plenty to explore here. One can find a wide range of wildlife creatures including lion, leopard, black and white Colobus monkey, sykes monkey and baboon, which are quite easy to spot. The rare species include the golden cat and the most famous — bongo antelope. You will also find spotted and melanistic serval cats, black rhino and over 250 species of birds including eagles, goshawks, sparry hawk, sunbirds, Jackson’s Francolin, plovers, and Aberdare Cisticola.

Treetops & The Ark:

These are certainly the top attractions of Aberdare National Park. Treetops, a tree-house lodge, and the Ark, built in the shape of Noah’s Ark are two famous accommodation options in Aberdare National Park that offer tourists an unforgettable experience of night-stay amidst the dense forest.

Important Info:

Opening Hours: 6.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Last Entry: 6.15 p.m.

Entry Fees:

Kenyan citizen: 200KSh
Kenyan students and children: 50 KSh
Non-resident: US$40
Non-resident children: $20
Non-resident students & groups: $10


While in Aberdare National Park, you must stay either at Treetops or at The Ark, it will surely be a memorable experience for you. Though you also have some other options for accommodation there.

Aberdare National Park
Rift Valley, Kenya

The Ark
Aberdare National Park
Rift Valley, Kenya

Related Links : For glimpses from the Aberdare National Park in Kenya, check out this comprehensive video! Get glimpses of exotic zebras and giraffes moving across the Aberdare National Park in this travel video! You will find that the natural beauty of this Kenyan wilderness is as beautiful as the animals who inhabit it.

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