Aberdare National Park and Karuru falls @ 1950 ONLY

Aberdare National Park and Karuru falls @ 1950 ONLY
past almost 2 years ago

Starts: Saturday, 7 February, 2015 03:45am

Ends: Saturday, 7 February, 2015 06:45am

Event Details

Established in May 1950, the Aberdare National Park covers an area of 766 km2 on the Aberdare Mountain Range between 7,000 feet (2,100 metres) to 14,000 feet (4,300 metres) above sea level. The park contains a wide range of landscapes - from the mountain peaks to deep valleys with streams, rivers, and waterfalls. The mountains have moorland, bamboo and rainforests.

The two highest peaks are Ol Donyo Lesatima (13,120 feet) and Kinangop at 12,816 feet.
The park is about 100 kilometres north of Nairobi.

The Aberdare Range was named by J. J. Thomson in 1884 in honour of Lord Aberdare, who at the time was President of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Historical Society.

The Rhino Charge is an annual fund raiser to pay for fencing the Aberdare National Park as a means of protecting East Africa's largest indigenous forest from destruction.

Major attractions:
• Karuru Falls which are Kenya’s tallest waterfalls,
• the 2nd largest population of black Rhino,
• freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi’s hideout,
• the famous Kimathi post office in the fig (mugumo) tree and
• the Mau Mau caves of the freedom fighters.

Animals:
• Black rhino,
• Colobus monkey,
• elusive forest antelopes like the bongo,
• 250 species of rare birds
Activities:
• picnics and camping in the moorlands,
• hiking in the forest,
• mountain climbing,
sport fishing in the rivers