PARKS AND RESERVES
Parks and reserves managed by KWS
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Game animals easily seen in the park during game viewing include; African Elephant, black rhino, leopard, spotted hyena, olive baboon, black and white colobus monkey, sykes monkey, cape buffalo, warthog, common zebra (North Aberdare), bushbuck, reedbuck. Rare sightings include those of Giant Forest hog, bongo, golden cat, serval cat, African wild cat, African civet cat, blue duiker.
Very beautiful sceneries of Aberdare include magnificent waterfalls with the main ones being Karuru waterfalls which fall in three steps, 1st step 117M, 2nd step 26M and 3rd 130M, making a total of 273M, Chania waterfalls and may other smaller ones.
Adding to the beauty of Aberdare are many ridges and river valleys which attract mountain scenery photographers.
A recent marked attraction in Aberdare is the 400Kms electric fence which was completed – final post on 28th August, 2009. The fence protects the whole Aberdare ecosystem from human pressures and contains wildlife, preventing human/wildlife conflict.
Visitors can also indulge in picnics, trout fishing (in the past the rivers were stocked with brown rainbow trout) in the rivers and camping in the Moorlands. Bird viewing is rewarding with about 290 recorded bird species, including the Aberdare Cisticola that is critically endangered and the Jackson’s francolin, which is regionally endemic, sparry hawk, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers
- Game viewing – with all the Big Five
- Camping – both Public and Special Campsites
- Hiking – in the Moorland and other areas
- Bird watching – Aberdare ecosystem is an IBA
- Photography – with mountain – ridges, peaks, river valleys and forest sceneries
- Fishing – the famous brown rainbow trout – rivers have been stocked with these species
- Horse riding – in designated areas in the Moorlands and open grades in Aberdare North