The Aberdare National Park was created in 1950 to protect the forested slopes and moors of the Aberdare Mountains. The park well known for splendid waterfalls and landscapes. It’s often a part of a safari itinerary to other destinations like Mt. Kenya, Samburu and Lake Nakuru. The colonial white settlers settled and build century old lodges, built above the ground beside floodlit waterholes with salt licks. The ark and Tree tops.
Treetops is one of Kenya’s most famous hotels – this is where British Princess Elizabeth was informed that she had become Queen in 1952 on news of her father’s death. The Ark, however, offers better game viewing, especially at night. Nocturnal game viewing is taken so seriously round these parts that there is a bell in each room which sounds if an unusual animal turns up at the waterhole. Elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard and bushbuck are regular visitors. The hotel is reached via a gangway which takes you to the level of the forest top.
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Apart from trekking, game viewing visitors can also indulge in picnics, trout fishing in the rivers and camping in the moorlands. Bird viewing is rewarding, with over 250 species of birds in the park, including the Jackson’s Francolin, sparry hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.