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Aberdare National Park


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The Aberdare National Park consists of a large area of indigenous forest, now protected from the encroaching farmland by an electric fence

The Aberdare National Park consists of a large area of indigenous forest, now protected from the encroaching farmland by an electric fence. The top ridges of the Aberdares are covered with rolling moorland and punctuated by rivers and waterfalls.

The wildlife here is rich and abundant, though the foliage is dense, so animals can be difficult to spot -something you should be aware of. The Aberdares, along with the Mt Kenya forests, were utilised as a refuge for the Mau Mau in the late 1950s during the struggle for independence. The dense forests provided an impenetrable natural fortress into which the Kikuyu freedom fighters evaporated to plan their offensives and conduct their sinister ritual ceremonies.

Wildlife is most often spotted emerging from the thick foliage to drink at a number of muddy waterholes and while game viewing is challenging, it's very satisfying to catch a glimpse of a huge herd of buffalo just vanishing into the treeline or witness a shy, delicate bushbuck creeping amongst the bamboo. One of the best ways to experience the unique feel of the Abedares is by staying in one of the basic fishing lodges where a wood stove is kept burning for warmth and you can curl up by a hot fire as the mist descends.

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