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Aberdare Mountain Peak Day Trip Treks is a Nairobi day excursion to the Aberdare Mountain Ranges. The mountain ranges stands between Mount Kenya and the Great Rift Valley.
The driving distance from Nairobi to Wandare gate is about 212 km. Climbing the Aberdare to the summit (the Satima peak at 4000 metres takes about 2 to 3 hours.
There are animal trails through marshes in the moorland, with some rocky sections close to the summit. You will also see stunning rock formations along the route.
Aberdare Mountain Ranges was named by the explorer Joseph Thomson after Lord Aberdare 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 its resemblance in shape to an animal skin pegged on a mould to dry as was done traditionally.
The highest peak on the Range is Ol Doinyo Lesatima which stands at 4001 metres (13,120 feet) making the Aberdare the third highest mountains in Kenya after Mount Kenya (5199 metres) and Mt. Elgon (4321 metres).
Although there is no permanent snow or ice, former glaciations are responsible for the formation of large U – shaped valleys.
Aberdare Mountain Peak Day Trip Itinerary
0530 Hours: After an early breakfast at your hotel/ residence our Aberdare Mountain peak day trip treks starts from Nairobi.
The drive to the Aberdares passes through interesting farmlands to the lower slopes and finally into the lush Aberdare National Park which is famous for its abundance of wildlife. A tea stop on the way if time allows.
0800 Hours: Stop over at the Mweiga park headquarters to clear the park payments and get a ranger for the Alpine Walk. The resident populations of elephant and buffalo warrant bringing along a big gun.
Depart thereafter for Wandare gate. Once inside the Aberdares National Park, we drive about 20 km’s (30 minutes) to get to the starting point where you leave the car and begin the walk.
Aberdare Mountain Peak day trip Trek to Satima Peak offers great sightseeing 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 kilometers to the west.
The ranges encompass 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.
0900 Hours: Our trek begins at 3,300 metres where we walk across lovely afro-alpine moorland. The rolling open terrain is extremely attractive for walking and the possibility of seeing some wild animals.
1300 Hours: Hike up the Satima peak (4001 meters) takes about 2 to 3 hours walk to arrive in time for picnic lunch.
On clear day there are opportunities to observe Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro on the horizon and even the surrounding vicinity of Lake Naivasha, Lake Nakuru and the Daiga hills.
Later descend (taking 45 minutes to an hour) to connect with the vehicle for transfer off the mountain to Nairobi.
1900 Hours: Arrive in Nairobi and transfer you to your hotel/ residence.
Aberdare Mountain Peak Day Trip Treks Prices
Aberdare Mountain Peak Day Trip Treks Price include:
Picnic Lunch + Rangers Escort + Bottle driniking water+ Services of a trained guide + Guest Park Entrance fees + Vehicle entrance fees & Round trip transportation from Nairobi in a 4×4 safari vehicle
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* Aberdare ranges is in high rainfall area, subject to sudden storms. A rain Parka/ Rain Jacket, Water Bottle, light Wool Sweater and day pack for camera and other gear are essential
Aberdare Mountain Peak Day Trip Treks Price Exclude:
* Expenses of personal nature such laundry, beverages, drinks and gratuity for your driver guide etc