Aberdare national park Gates : Aberdare national park is best known as the site where in 1952, Princess Elizabeth found out she was Queen after she learned about the death of her father King George VI, whilst staying at the Treetops Hotel. Aberdare National Park was established in 1950 with an aim to conserve and protect the Aberdare Mountains.
Aberdare national park is 180 km north of Nairobi, take the A2 out of Nairobi, towards Thika, to Nyeri. From Nyeri take the Nyahururu road and follow signs to the gate of your choice. Treetops gate is the most commonly used entry point.
By Plane, Two airstrips serve the park; one by the Kenya Wildlife Services at Mweiga and another in Nyeri which is 12km from the Mweiga Headquarters.
Aberdare National Park has got eight entry gates to access the park that includes the Ark, Treetops, Ruhuruini, Kiandongoro, Mutubio, Wanderis, Rhino, Shamata gates.
Treetops gate is the most common used entry point. It is an entrance or exit gate for Aberdare national park, and the nearest to the Mweiga airstrip and the Kenya Wildlife Service Head Quarters and airstrip. Treetop’s gate is on Aberdare national park’s north eastern end, along a road that leads to the nearby Treetops lodge.
At Treetops gate is where your tickets or the park permits checked before entry, as well as the information about the park, including the state of the roads.
Ark gate is located on Aberdare national park’s eastern gate, along the road that also leads to the nearby ark hotel. It is also less than a half hour drive from the town of Nyeri, with a turning point along the Nyahururu road. At Ark gate that’s where you get your park permits/tickets or pay for them with Kenya Wildlife Services using an electronic payment system of M-PESA, credit/debit cards, bank deposit slips, and safari cards.
At Ark gate that’s where you get assistance from a Kenya Wildlife Services ranger and information about the park such as conditions of the roads and among others.
Ruhuruini gate is one of the lesser used entrance or exist gates for Aberdare national park which is situated on its eastern end. The gate acts where you check into the park, get information about the park, park tickets/permits or pay for the park fees.
Kiandongoro gate is an entrance or exit point for Aberdare national park, which is located on its south eastern border, its position offers amazing views of the park form a higher vantage point.
At Kiandongoro gate you also get information about the park, get tickets/park permits, make payments for the park fees, here the Kenya Wildlife Services uses electronic payment means that is the bank deposits slips MPESA, credit/debit cards and the safari cards.
Mutubio gate is one of the official entry or exist points for Aberdare national park with the Kenya Wildlife Services. Here you make payments for the park fees, get tickets/park permits, checking or out of the park, get information about the park, also bird watching and game viewing a few animals that stray into the area.
Wanderer gate is one of Aberdare national parks entrance/exist gates situated on its north eastern border, with the few facilities. On Wandere gate you get your park permits/tickets pay for them get information about the park, or assistance from a ranger.
Rhino gate it’s on the northern end of Aberdare national park with a turning point along the Nyeri-Nyahururu road. It is a remote are, and the country’s tallest Mount Kenya, can be easily seen from here, and how to get there by vehicle, with 4×4’s being recommended during the rainy days.
Shamata gate sits in the rain forests of the Aberdare national park’s north western end, it’s also near rural farming community, how to get there is by vehicle or air, with the latter using an airstrip near the area.
Note. Rhino and Shamata gates require prior consultation with the Warden or Kenya Wildlife Services headquarters before entry.