Aberdare Mountain Range
... covered in forest and crystal clear streams
Situated in the central highlands of Kenya, the Aberdare Mountain range is covered in forest and crystal clear streams, with views across the to Mt. Kenya. The Aberdares are a volcanic massif on the eastern side of the Rift Valley.
The mountain slopes are covered in dense stands of rare afro-montane forest, while the high grasslands feature afro-alpine and sub-alpine heath and groundsels. The vistas are often more like those of Scotland than what one thinks of Africa. A number of crystal-clear streams and rivers filled with rainbow and brown trout criss-cross the plateau, with some spectacular waterfalls as the rivers tumble off the escarpment.
The plateau is rich in game—elephant, leopard, lion, giant forest hog, bushbuck, blue monkey, colobus monkey, black rhino, buffalo and suni are some of the characteristic species. With luck you might catch a glimpse of the rare melanistic strain of leopard. This is one of the last strongholds of the critically endangered bongo.
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