The Aberdares is an isolated volcanic range that forms the eastern wall of the rift valley, running roughly 100 km north-south between Nairobi and Thomson’s Falls. The park is home to many varieties of wildlife including elephants, buffalo, and black rhino. It is also home to endangered species like the rare mountain bongo, giant forest hog and leopard. The park covers 767 sq km.

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Attractions in Aberdare National Park

Elephant hill, Karuru Falls, Chania Waterfalls, Ol Donyo Lessatima Peak, Queens Cave and Treetops Lodge.

Thompson Falls

Thomson's Falls Aberdare National Park
Thomson’s Falls Aberdare National Park

Thomson’s Falls is a 74 m (243 ft) scenic waterfall on the Ewaso Ng’iro river, which drains from the Aberdare Mountain Range. It is situated two miles from the town of Nyahururu in central Kenya, at 2,360 m (7,750 ft) elevation. In 1883 Joseph Thomson was the first European to reach Thomson Falls, and named them for his father. He was a Scottish geologist and naturalist who was also the first European to walk from Mombasa to Lake Victoria in the early 1880s.

The mist feeds the dense forest below. Visitors can view the falls from above, or there’s a trail down to the bottom of the ravine. Upstream from the falls is one of the highest hippo pools in Kenya. [Attribution Wikipedia]

Suggested Aberdare itinerary


DAY 1: Depart in the morning from Nanyuki heading to Nyeri, the drive takes you through the Kenyan Highlands and to the tea and pineapple plantations in the heart of Kikuyu Land, Nyeri town. This is where the Founder of the Scout Movement, Baden Powell, spent his last days and his remains are buried there. After lunch, continue driving along the Aberdare forest to Kiandongoro gate, an half hour walk takes you to fishing lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

DAY 2: A drive to the Salient makes a good starting point for a thrilling adventure. Take a guided walk along the Karura and Gura waterfalls and Queens Caves, with a wide range of game all around it will be a unique experience. There’s a possibility of encountering Lions, Buffalos and Elephant. Drive back to Nanyuki where the trip ends.

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