Picturesque, steep forested ravines and open moorland characterize the Aberdare National Park.
The Aberdare Range was named by Joseph Thomson in 1884 in honor of Lord Aberdare, who at the time was President of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Historical Society The area is well known as the headquarters of Dedan Kimathi, leader of the 1950s Mau Mau Uprising. Queen Elizabeth II became Queen of the United Kingdom while vacationing in the Aberdares.
Visitors can indulge in picnics, trout fishing in the rivers and camping in the moorlands. Bird viewing is rewarding, with over 250 species of birds in the park, including the Jackson's Francolin, Sparrow hawks, goshawks, eagles, sunbirds and plovers.