AROUND THE ABERDARES|
The Aberdares is the name for third highest range of mountains in Kenya, is well known for its exuberant forest and prolific game. It was named by Scot Joseph Thomson, after the president of the Royal Geographical Society, Lord Aberdare. Nowadays, its kikuyu name Nyandarua ('Drying Hide') is slowly gaining prominence.
The range has an average elevation of 13,000 feet above sea level, the highest point of the range in Ol Doinyo Satima ('the mountain of the young bull' in Maa Language) which reaches 13,120 feet, the range attracts many climbers and hikers.
Its forests are broken by moorlands and plains, through the abundant tree cover there are sensational views of the Rift Valley and the peak of Mt. Kenya, rainfall upis frequent, there are also many glorious cascades and spectacular waterfalls along the Aberdares, Thompson's Falls, at the town of Nyahururu, have become one of the most popular rest stops for visitors
The forest is a hidden world rich in wildlife: bongo, buffalo, bush pig, dikdik, duiker, elephant, giant forest hog, black and white Colobus monkeys, rhino, suni, warthog, water-buck among others can be seen. At night, an unending procession of game emerge, this is the ideal opportunity for visitors to see the varied wildlife, you will see them in a "treetop" (houses built into the tops of the trees).
The Aberdare National Park was created in 1950 to protect a part of this range.
The Aberdares can be explored by vehicle, on horseback or on foot, a few days spent in the Aberdares is an unforgettable experience.
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