Where to enjoy nature at its best
Posted Thursday, August 9 2012 at 12:47
The Aberdare National Park is like a stepchild as far as Kenya’s parks go.
It’s not as popular as, say, Tsavo West or even Lake Nakuru. It might be more popular than Meru National Park, but that’s not adequate, given its potential.
There are tons of activities you can take part in at Aberdare National Park, but it requires creativity and some sense of adventure.
Get in through Kiandogoro Gate; it’s a great drive to this gate.
You’ll need a 4X4 though, because the terrain might get tough inside the park. There is a campsite called the Reedbuck where you can set up camp.
It’s got simple but quaint accommodation should you be averse to camping. You get a bed, a fireplace and a place to cook.
Aberdare is not warm. It gets very cold especially at night, so you might want to carry very warm clothing.
The beauty with this place is that you can always walk down to the stream and put your feet in the water.
You can drive around the park, and check out the waterfalls. Check out the Magura waterfalls.
This place is famous because in 1952, the Queen of England lunched there, under the wooden structure before the waterfall.
But the beauty of Magura fades in comparison when you visit Karuru waterfall.
This one is a majestic waterfall that falls in three phases; the first phase is a 383 feet, which then falls for another 84 feet before the biggest fall at 427 feet.
Carry some sandwiches and sit at the viewing platform as you take in the awesome scenery.
Karuru waterfall is easily one of the highest in the region, and certainly one of the most beautiful.
The KWS has maintained the site by building footbridges, putting up signage and maintaining the infrastructures. If you want to discover real peace and quiet, and to know what silence sounds like, head to Sapper Hut.