Aberdare Mountain Ranges Expedition
Aberdares Range stands between Mt. Kenya and the Great Rift Valley. It was named by the explorer Joseph Thomson after Lord Aberdares who was the President of the Royal Geographic Society at the time (1883). The local Kikuyu people called the Range Nyandarua, meaning a ”pegged hide” possibly from it’s resemblance in shape to an animal skin pegged on a mould to dry as was done traditionaly .
The highest peak on the Range is Ol Doinyo Lesatima which stands at 4000m (13,120ft.) making the Aberdares the third highest mountains in Kenya after Mount Kenya (5199m) & Mt. Elgon (4321m). A hike to Satima Peak offers great sight-seeing opportunities. It combines views of the most magnificent section of the Great Rift Valley to the west with the awe-inspiring horizon view of the majestic Mount Kenya 40 kms to the west.
The ranges encompasses a large area of forest known as the Salient where larger animals are concentrated and where game viewing is done. The area in which trekking is done is above the Salient across the extensive moorland and giant heather zones of the mountain.
The Aberdares lie along the edge of the Rift Valley and on clear days magnificent views of the Great Rift Valley are to be seen to the west and views of Mt. Kenya to the east.
05.30 am. Depart for Aberdares National Park.
Early departure for Aberdares National Park. Drive passing through the Central farmlands and on to the slopes of Aberdare Ranges.
08.30 am arrive at Wandare Gate, meet you Mountain guide and depart for the mountain base where the trekking begins.
The trek across this lovely afro-alpine moorland is like nothing else available in Kenya. The rolling open terrain is extremely attractive for walking and the possibility of seeing a number of animals including leopards, against a background of fantastic vegetation makes this trek very enticing. We picnic on top of El Satima after about three to four hour-walk.
The Satima trail is the most scenic and gentle of all the Aberdare trails, with the route hugging the escarpments above undulating valleys and hills of rich alpine and sub-alpine flora, including species of lobelia, erica, giant helichrysum and tussock grasses.
After spending some good time at the Summit, walk down to the base and then drive back to the gate.
4 pm: Exit the park and drive back to Nairobi.
7 pm: Arrive in Nairobi
- • Transport to and from Nairobi – 4x4 Safari Landcruiser
- • Services of a driver guide
- • Mountain guide
- • Packed lunch box
- • Bottled drinking water
- • Park fees
- • Items of a personal nature
- • Drinks and beverages besides what’s included above
- • Tips to drivers and guides
- What to carry:
- • Hat
- • Water
- • Sunscreen and sunhat
- • Comfortable shoes
- • Comfortable clothes
- • Camera & binoculars
- • Warm fleece or jumper for the evening / early morning