Aberdare Range

The Aberdare Range is located in central Kenya, on the eastern edge, of the Rift Valley. The forest belt of the Aberdare Range comprises a number of forest reserves, including Aberdare, Kikuyu Escarpment, Kijabe Hill, KIpipiri and Nyamweru, as well as some forest areas in the Aberdare National Park. The forests cover over 250,000 ha. These forests form part of the upper catchments of Tana River, Kenya's largest river, as well as Athi, Ewaso Nyiro (North) and Malewa rivers. They are also the main catchments for the Sasumua and Ndakaini dams, which provide most of the drinking water to Nairobi. The forests are characterized by a high diversity of vegetation types, because of the wide altitudinal range (from 1,800 to 3,600 metres) and the climatic differences between the slopes. In addition, the Aberdare Range offers spectacular scenery for tourism.
The Aberdares have

a rich diversity of vegetation types that result mainly from the wide range in altitude and rainfall. The Aberdares host a wide variety of plant Species.
The counties surrounding the Abadare Range are Nyahururu, Laikipia, Nyeri, Kiambu and Muranga.

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