20th October 2016, my kids and I get ready and ensure we are at the Nyeri Post Office building at 8.00am to meet up with a group of friends and their family for a day’s excursion at the Aberdares National Park located within Nyandarua and Nyeri County and covers an area of 766km square.
The air is filled with excitement especially from the kids who cannot wait to get started on the day’s activities. This is the second time my kids and I are going for the trip but it feels different this time. The KWS bus arrives at 8.30am, KWS offers shuttle services to the park on Public Holidays and end month weekends, you can also hire the bus as a group at very affordable rates. The rates for the day’s excursion are also very affordable. Loads of people had turned up for the trip.
09.30am we depart to KWS headquarters in Mweiga to pay for the entry fees, get assigned a ranger who the kids named Teacher Mary (she was excellent by the way) and thereafter proceed to the park. It’s at this point I would like to commend KWS for their excellent customer service from the payments to the ranger and most especially the driver Mr. Onyancha, this guy deserves an accolade.
10.15am we are now in the park and the adventure begins. Aberdares is a fantastic place to visit due is its various attractions from the vegetation to the wildlife. A four wheel drive vehicle is recommended. From the bus (front seats) we had a big screen wonderful view of what the park had to offer. Animals like the bush buck, water buck, various antelopes, sykes monkeys, buffalos, warthogs, wild hogs, elephants and hyenas(these we so in plenty, it was like there was a Team Mafisi meeting there). The animal sightings were a joy for the kids but my personal favorite I would have to say were the water falls which we were able to descend downwards to where they empty into the rivers. As we all know Aberdares is a water tower with most rivers originating from here, in fact on way up to the moorland we could see pools of water emanating from underground and some places were pretty swampy. The first fall we saw was the Gura falls for River Gura, these falls are home to the Queen Caves behind the falls and the Mau Mau used to hide in this cave. The cave is a sight to behold. The Aberdares is pretty cold so you can imagine how icy the waters are.
2.30pm we had a picnic at the Fishing Lodge. It comprises of 2 houses each housing 7 people, perfect for getaway. There is a river nearby where you can fish for trout and cook them yourself.
4.00pm we head to the majestic Chania falls for the famous River Chania, the descent and ascent is not for the faint hearted and your muscles will scream loudly in pain but the view is all worth it. I simply cannot explain it I will let the pictures do it for me. There is another fall called Karuru which is supposed to be more spectacular but we couldn’t make it up there because of time and the size of the bus.
All in all it was a wonderful experience and I would recommend that everyone heads to Aberdares at some point of their lives. Definitely going to do it again, of course hoping that Mr. Onyancha will still be my driver.