Say you are going to the beach, ready with your bathing suit, chilled drinks, volley balls…but then you come upon something startlingly breathtaking.
It gently calls to the adventurer in you, seducing all your senses to a standstill. Do you stop to explore? Or do you carry on because you have a destination in mind?
This was our situation, on the road to the Aberdares National Park… After a morning well-spent along the dam in Kinangop, we were itching to explore.
Enter The Aberdare National Park…
The Aberdares National Park is about 2 hours’ drive from Njabini town.
To access the park, drive past Njabini on Thika Gatura Road/C67, towards Engineer, a small town in Nyandarua county. Luckily, it can be easily located on Google Maps.
To be honest, we had no intention of going into the park to begin with. Our ‘mission’ was different. We wanted to experience something new, take ‘uncharted paths’ if you like.
Take The Less Traveled Road…
Kenya’s beauty lies not only in the ‘established’ tourist attractions, which are excellent, but also in its natural forests, small streams, and our people in their daily lives.
It is such gems, on the way to the Aberdares National Park, that held a charming attraction to us.
We felt a lot like ‘tourists’ on that long and narrowly winding road up the Aberdares. Being in no rush, we stopped to check out every captivating feature we encountered.
Photography By: Wanjiku Thuo & Wacu Wamahiu
The forest was my favorite. The majestic trees towering over us in well-laid rows, that seemed unending, was a sight to behold. It is a feeling I will always cherish. 🙂
I realized, this is how one ought to travel sometimes- in no hurry to reach a given destination. With the freedom to explore whatever you find in your path.
And with such liberties, you might come upon your own unique experiences and stories to tell.
Our trip, fancifully ended at the Park’s gates, where we turned back.
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving~Lao Tzu.
- The entrance fee to the Aberdares National Park is Kshs.350
- Self-catering Cottages and guest-houses are available within the park ranging from Kshs.2, 500 to Kshs.20, 000.
- Stop over and shop on the Nairobi – Naivasha Highway before diverting to Kinangop
- Consider carrying packed lunches and have a picnic in the forest
When’s the last time you went on a trip of discovery without a destination in mind?
Drop a comment in the section below, I would love to hear more! 🙂
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MollaAugust 18, 2017 at 11:36 am
So in love with the writing and how your words paint the pictures of these places vividly in the mind. So in love with the blog.
MchaelSeptember 23, 2016 at 9:17 am
This is a great article for those who think Traveling around our beautiful country is very expensive. Keep sharing those amazing stories.
Scrapbook JourneysSeptember 27, 2016 at 9:20 pm
Wow thank you! I agree, travel is certainly affordable 😀 Thanks for reading!
neliusApril 29, 2016 at 12:29 am
lovely Marion i never thought of aberdares to be a destination that i can visit. i can’t wait to visit. At least it’s not far from Nairobi kids won’t get too tired.
Scrapbook JourneysMay 2, 2016 at 10:19 am
Nelius! Yes, indeed I am also learning that we have beautiful places right at our fingertips 🙂 I hope you get to go down and enjoy the beautiful views! Thanks for reading dear 🙂
Patricia MithamoApril 28, 2016 at 5:30 pm
beautiful scene Marion i love your writing God has seen your dream come true
Scrapbook JourneysApril 28, 2016 at 8:54 pm
Thank you love! And Amen!I am grateful, taking it a step at a time, learning as I go 🙂 Thank you for reading my dear. xoxo
Njugush HaronApril 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Great Job .it is very interesting ,beautiful and distinct .Thanks for offering this to us
Scrapbook JourneysApril 28, 2016 at 4:46 pm
Thank you 🙂 It is indeed my pleasure!
PinchezApril 27, 2016 at 6:44 pm
An Amazing piece
Scrapbook JourneysApril 28, 2016 at 4:51 pm
Thank you for reading!! 🙂 🙂
PinchezApril 27, 2016 at 6:43 pm
An Amazing read
Zidii HitohApril 24, 2016 at 2:09 pm
Awesome piece !!
Scrapbook JourneysApril 25, 2016 at 9:32 pm
🙂 Thank you!
Zidii HitohApril 24, 2016 at 2:08 pm
Scrapbook JourneysApril 25, 2016 at 9:31 pm
🙂 Thank you!
Austine OduorApril 22, 2016 at 9:48 pm
This is quite imaginative and informative. The photos are captivating
Scrapbook JourneysApril 23, 2016 at 8:55 am
Thank you Austine for reading 🙂
CarolApril 22, 2016 at 9:10 pm
Nailed it! Good stuff.
Scrapbook JourneysApril 23, 2016 at 8:55 am
Thanks for reading Carol! I hope you will stay around as we discover more Kenya 🙂
nasrin naserianApril 22, 2016 at 8:56 pm
I am so proud of you finally this is amazing I love it.. Can’t wait for more.. You go siz…!!!! <3
Scrapbook JourneysApril 23, 2016 at 8:54 am
Thank you so much Naz for reading! I appreciate the feedback 🙂 Stay on and let’s explore Kenya more and more 🙂
HildahApril 22, 2016 at 8:40 pm
Gods art. Who else be like him. I love the piece. Like, like and more likes.
Thats gonna be on my to go list.
Scrapbook JourneysApril 23, 2016 at 8:53 am
So true! Wow, God sure is the Master Artist!Thanks for reading, and glad to hear you will visit it! Would love to hear how it goes 🙂 Stay on!
IreneApril 22, 2016 at 3:49 pm
Wow Marion. I love the experience and I so enjoy travelling in no rush in good company yay….. keep em travels coming!
Scrapbook JourneysApril 23, 2016 at 8:45 am
Thank you Irene for reading and for the feedback;) 🙂 Great to hear that it’s your kind of trip 🙂 Stay on as we explore Kenya 😉
Marleen KwambokaApril 22, 2016 at 3:05 pm
Amazing read hun,loved every bit of it.The pics are awesome too.Great job!!!
Scrapbook JourneysApril 23, 2016 at 8:46 am
Thanks Marleen 🙂 I appreciate the read and the feedback! Whoop Whoop! xo
GloriousApril 22, 2016 at 2:19 pm
Very lovely read Marion…:)…You’ve inspired me to take a trip to the Aberdares National Park and take enchanted routes…:)! The photos are sooo lovely…:)! I like…:)!
Nesh Kanja MithamoApril 22, 2016 at 9:21 am
And I thought I have travelled. Wololo. Thanks for bringing this to us. I feel I need to learn and do more as a domestic tourist courtesy of this piece. Very informative and eye opener. Thanks sis. Keep up the good job.
Scrapbook JourneysApril 22, 2016 at 11:43 am
Aaaw thanks dear. You inspire to do more and be more 🙂 Can’t wait to take on the next destination with you 😉 xo
fionaApril 22, 2016 at 9:11 am
This is awesome!. Love your way of writing; its flowing and really captures one’s attention. You go girl!
Scrapbook JourneysApril 22, 2016 at 11:45 am
Oh wow,thanks Fiona for reading! I appreciate the feedback. I hope to keep growing in the art of writing 🙂 Glory to God!
M'thunziApril 21, 2016 at 10:52 pm
Magnificent work indeed!!!!!
classic work……well and neatly done!!!
Scrapbook JourneysApril 22, 2016 at 11:49 am
Thank you so much for reading, and for taking the time to comment. Really appreciated 🙂 Hope to see you again and again:)
khadarApril 21, 2016 at 9:34 pm
Very interesting. Going there soon!
Scrapbook JourneysApril 22, 2016 at 11:52 am
Excellent! I would love to hear your experience 🙂 Thanks for reading!
KereaApril 21, 2016 at 8:17 pm
Amazing. Yes I want to take a journey to where the destination is the journey. Amazing pictures too.
Scrapbook JourneysApril 22, 2016 at 11:56 am
Thanks Kerea 🙂 I totally appreciate the read and the comment 🙂 Totally appreciated.Stay on, let’s take more and more of this #nodestination journeys:)
SharonApril 21, 2016 at 6:21 pm
Amazing place i love it already. Go Girl great Job!
Scrapbook JourneysApril 21, 2016 at 6:34 pm
Thank you Sharon 🙂 I appreciate the sentiments! I hope you get to visit and experience the lovely treasures 🙂
RobertApril 21, 2016 at 4:30 pm
Scrapbook JourneysApril 21, 2016 at 5:59 pm
Thanks Robert for reading 🙂 🙂
YvonneApril 21, 2016 at 3:13 pm
Awesome pictures, amazing piece.
Scrapbook JourneysApril 21, 2016 at 4:00 pm
Thank you Yvonne 🙂 I appreciate the read 🙂
Wanjiku ThuoApril 21, 2016 at 2:32 pm
Awesome piece Miss Rio.
Travel the world. Xo
Scrapbook JourneysApril 21, 2016 at 3:07 pm
That’s the spirit! Whoop Whoop! Let’s go conquer the world Sue, one destination at a time 🙂