Aberdare National Park Travel Guide

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Aberdare National Park Things to Do

  • Sir Baden Powell grave

    Robert Baden Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement, dies in Nyeri in Kenya on 8th January 1941 and is buried not far from the Outspand Hotel.

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  • The sunrise

    I know it is early, and I know you will want your sleep, but it really is worth getting up for the sunrise!

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  • Safari

    One of the main reasons for visiting Aberdare National Park, is of course the chance to see wild animals. This is a picture of a herd of buffalo which we saw at Treetops, coming to the waterhole to drink.

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  • Treetops

    If you are in Aberdare National Park, a visit to Treetops Hotel is a MUST. It really is quite a special experience, and one that you should not miss.

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  • Kikuyu Village

    In the grounds of Outspan Hotel, is a mock-up of a Kikuyu village for tourists. Although it is a little tousisty, it is actually very well done, and quite interesting. The building on the left would be where the husband sleeps, the one on the right is for the wife, goats and childern!

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  • Fortune teller

    For a small charge you could have your fortune told by the witch doctor. He spoke no English, so a guide would come along and translate. I was told that I was going to have a long life, slightly troubled at times, but I would get what I wanted in the end.

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  • Cultural Display

    A group dancers put on a very colourful and interesting display for us, dressed in traditional outfits. The bobombo drums echoeing all around the mock-up Kikuyu village.

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  • Wildlife

    The gardens are also home to a few peacocks. If you are really lucky they will display their feathers for you - such a spectacular bird!

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  • Flower gardens

    If you stop at the Outspan Hotel, take a little bit of time to walk around the gardens, as there are many beautiful flowers all around. This particular hibiscus was part of the hedge!

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  • Jacaranda trees

    I was totally captivated by the beautifully blue-flowering Jacaranda trees. This was the first time I had seen anything like it, and I loved the way the fallen petals colourd the entire ground blue. Standing under the tree in the slight breeze was like standing in a blue snow fall. Magical!

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  • Kenya Game Tour, Treetops

    For further information about this place, please see my Kenya page.

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  • Baby elephant

    It takes close to 2 years from conception to deliver the young, which weigh between 120 and 136 kilos.

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Aberdare National Park Hotels

Aberdare National Park Restaurants

  • Nowhere else to go

    There is nowhere else to go here obviously, you can't just wander off into the national park, so all food is included in the cost of the package.

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  • A convenient dining stop

    Outspan is the action of removing the yoke from the oxen at the end of the day.Outspan Hotel is most famous for being the home of Lord Baden Powel for the last three years of his life.

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  • ABERDARE COUNTRY CLUB

    It's a nice guesthouse with a beautiful garden. The Club has an excellent cuisine, offering a selection of European, Asian and Kenyan dishes.Before entering the park, we had lunch here.

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Aberdare National Park Nightlife

  • Early night

    There is not much to do in the evening at Treetops, apart from the obvious: wathcing the animals come to the floodlit waterhole.You are likely to want an early night though, especially if you are thinking of getting up to watch the sunrise the next day.

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  • Nocturnal animals

    It's worth coming up on the rooftop terrace after dar, to see the many nocturnal animals which come here for the food which is put out for them.

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Aberdare National Park Local Customs

  • Lazy Susan

    It is the first - and last - time I have seen a table with a gliding "Lazy Susan" in the centre of the table for passing condiments and side dishes. Basically, a small strip of the centre of the table was converted to glide on runners. A great idea!

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  • Afternoon tea

    In typical British style, afternoon tea is served on the rooftop terrace. A white tablecloth covers a table, and tea and biscuits are available while you gaze over the spectacle below. What more could you want?

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  • Welcome drink

    The last distance to the accommodation at Treetops is undertaken on foot, and a table with welcome drinks is set up by the roadside to aid you on the way. You are escorted by armed rangers - this is a national park with wild animals!

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Aberdare National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Road accidents

    We saw some awful driving on our trips in Kenya, many of which resulted in accidents. Most safari companies have very courteous drivers, but that cannot be said for all unfortunately. If you are driving yourself, do take care.

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  • Insects

    At night, flies and other insects ar attracted to the lights on the roof top terrace. Stay clear of the beam, otherwise you end up swallowing mouthfuls of the pesky things.I have never seen so many flies in one light beam at any one time, I just soucln't believe it! You can see from the picture, they have become streaks, rather than individual...

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Aberdare National Park What to Pack

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    by flyrubi Updated Oct 18, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take with you a warm sweater or jacket when visiting coz the weather gets abit cold from evening to early hours of the morning.

    Miscellaneous: Entrance to the park is allowed only to visitors with smart cards and not with paper tickets as used to be. The card need to be purchased be4 the visit us aberdares is not a point of sale.

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Aberdare National Park Off The Beaten Path

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    Thomson's Falls

    by Helga67 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    On your way from Aberdare NP to Lake Nakuru you pass the Thomson's Falls. It's a 72m-high waterfall on the Ewaso Narok river. It's a nice stop but except for the waterfall and a couple of souvenir shops, there's not much to see.

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Aberdare National Park Favorites

  • Baboons

    Baboons have a reputation for being agressive, and it is true that they may attack and kill smaller animals. We were told to stay well away from them on our way back to the vehicles.

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  • Bush Baby

    This cute little bush baby came to the rooftop terrace too, enjoying the food laid on for it. They have such incredibly large eyes that appear to glow red in the night.

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  • Buffalo at Treetops

    Large, heavy and aggressive, you do not want to mess with a buffalo! Going to sleep at night with a herd of buffalo grazing and chomping right outside our window, was quite mind-blowing.

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