The Aberdare National park has been open for all since May 1950. The locals called it Nyandarua as from a distance it looks like dry hides while others called it Kiambiruiru coz of the dark patches seen from a distance. However, Joseph Thomson a famous explorer name it after the then president of the royal geographical society Lord Aberdares
On this visit I am honoring an invite From KWS Aberdares in their quest to expose this magical place to the world and especially to encourage Kenyans to include it in their holiday destinations. Most people think that this park is in accessible given that it hosts the Aberdare ranges a region of stunning and diverse landscape where jagged peaks soar up to 4,001m and deep ravines cut through the deep forested slopes. What most don’t know is there are quite good roads within the park and proper hiking trails; for security you can organize to have a kws Rangers Because of the wild animals.
I was accompanied by my fellow travel enthusiasts and we approached Aberdares from Kinangop side at Mutubio Gate its only one and a half hours from Nairobi and of course we could just skip enjoying the big Mandazis and creamy tea synonymous with this sides, someone chose mahindi choma (roasted corn) with tea lol!
Upon arrival we were received by the warden and The assistant director Mt.Kenya Region Mr.Simon Gitau
The journey from Ndunyu Njeru to Mutubio gate is steep and needs a resilient car. It takes you through locals farms, to community forests before getting into the bamboo thickets and magical views of the Rift Valley. At the gate Mr.Kariuki the customer care KWS briefed us and our first stop was to check in at Fishing lodge a KWS self catering house. Then grab a bite before proceeding to the activities of the day.
The rest of the afternoon we visited Chania Falls, Queen caves and Falls, Karuru Falls
On our way back we spotted quite a number of animals, e.g bushbucks, buffaloes, elephants, birds and I must tell you it was getting quite chilly I mean really cold but when we got to the lodge the caretaker had lit the fire and we formed a semicircle at the fire place; the driver was going to pick something in town and the digital in some of us went berserk they just couldn’t imagine 4 days without electric power and internet #KidsOfNowadays lol! only the two of us were left at the lodge the rest of the team accompanied the driver to get internet signal to Twit hehehe.. they came back with numb fingers…
Now! now! one of the bonfire stories, was when a ranger in the wilderness had the need to use a bathroom so she decided to hit the bush and in the middle of her business she heard breathing and she knew that it was a rhino. She charged back into the car quicker than a rhino could… hehehe! the hilarious part was the breathing Demo it got me on Floor laughing…..#Censored
After a great dinner this day ended up with the most unfair poker game in the world eti HAIKUHUSU lol! But it was better than the hassle of warming bed sheets….
This is just the first out of our fun four days keep it here you wouldn’t want to miss the hilarious jungle stories and experiences of our rangers while protecting wildlife.
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