Central Highlands Parks
Kenya’s central highlands located to the north of Nairobi and forming the eastern boundary of the Rift Valley surrounds the Aberdare mountain range and is an area of fascinating landscapes, including mountainous terrain, forests and green hills, dominated by Mount Kenya, Africa’s second highest peak. The main parks in this region are the Aberdare National Park and Mount Kenya National Park, between these lies the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
Lush vegetation, clear streams, waterfalls and lakes create an ideal habitat for a wide variety of mammals and birds. Elephants, buffaloes, giant forest hogs and the elusive bongo antelope are to be found here. Ol Pejeta is the only area in Kenya where chimpanzees can be seen in the wild and it also is home to a large number of rhinos.
Aberdare National Park is well known for its tree hotels – the Ark, a lodge built in the shape of Noah’s ark and for Treetops, which became famous as the place where in 1952 Princess Elizabeth ascended to the throne