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is range of mountains which extends for 100km northwards from Nairobi
in central Kenya
At 766 square kilometres, the Aberdares National Reserve is a substantial conservation area which protects the higher altitudes of the mountain range from the intense shamba agriculture which now surrounds it on all sides. The park largely comprises rugged peaks and moorlands, flanked by steep forested slopes. These areas are home to species such as elands, buffaloes and rare black servals.
There are no lodges up in the moorland areas, only some interesting but largely peripheral trekking and camping options.
The Salient is a lower altitude protrusion to the east of the reserve which is largely comprised of steep hillsides covered in dense cloud-forest, where wildlife viewing is extremely difficult. Animals here include leopards, elephants, waterbucks, bushbucks, giant forest hogs, olive baboons and, famously, black rhinos, bongos and black leopards.
We tend to recommend the Aberdares for inclusion in trips exceedingly rarely, both because it is marginal interest to most visitors and because the quality of accommodation here really is extremely poor. The only significant exception is guests who are returning to Kenya after many years and are intent on revisiting their previous haunts.The Ark
... is a 1970's concept lodge where guests pretend to be aboard Noah's famous ship for a voyage through the wilderness. Bizarre at the time, tired and dated now.Treetops
... is the very famous old lodge where Queen Elizabeth was staying when she ascended to the throne in 1953, but which is now a shadow of its former self.
We generally feel a lot more comfortable recommending higher quality safari areas around Kenya, such as Maasai Mara
, Laikipia North