Aberdare is encircled by the wild and beautiful moorlands. Its atmosphere offers realm where elephants roam through lichen –hung forests, spectacular waterfalls plunge into churning pools. It’s a haven for anglers, walkers and lovers of solitude alike.
Aberdare is famous for freedom fighters hideouts. Thus, where mau caves that were being used by field mashal general Dedan Kimathi and his mau mau prior to independence. The original “Treetops” hotel is where the young Princess Elizabeth descended as Queen of England in 1952 is also found here.
It was believed to be once the home of Ngai(God) and originally known as “Nyandarua”(the drying hide). It was re-named by the explorer Joseph Thompson after lord Aberdare (The president of the Royal Geographical Society) in 1884.
The park holds approximately 2000 elephants which roam the clouded hills and misty glades. The park is renowned for its torrential waterfalls plunging from cloud-shrouded heights to spray-filled ravines. They include; Karuru, Gura, Chania and Mugura falls. One enjoys mountain climbing, hiking and walking. Excellent fishing in mountain stream is available. It’s accessible all year round in 4WD.