Aberdare's Immense Natural Wealth

Aberdare is endowed with limitless natural wealth Aberdare is endowed with limitless natural wealth

Aberdare's Immense Natural Wealth

It took two decades for 400-kilometre electric fence around the Aberdare forest to be concluded in 2009. Biodiversity greatly benefited.

Dipped in deep, pristine evergreen, the misty Aberdare ranges loom over puffed grey clouds below the enormity of blue. From the nethermost, fresh creeks and streams spout and run full. The brooks curl and gurgle in hypotonic symphony through dense boughs, under forest floor where orange spills of sunrise hardly touch. The forest air tastes like a cocktail of magnolia, mint, honeysuckle and vanilla, with abundant scent of moss. The cold tendrils of air provoke no scant goosebumps.A tribe of primeval trees with great arms sway with the wind like nature’s silent dance. They are clothed in the green of every taste and none. Together with unheard cadences of birds, cheeky laughter of hyenas, hisses and seethe of fanged serpents. Together with elephant trumpets and primal grunts. Together with the howl, growl, the scowl and roar of lions, and dying shrieks and moans, of prey. Together with whistles of the wind, peals of thunder, dazzles of lightning and rainbow freckled showers, the Aberdare is alive with many a soul pulsating day and night.

Tom Mwiraria is a renowned environmental journalist and Africa's Bio Voice for Kenya. He retraces the natural grandeur of Aberdare and explores restoration efforts, particularly in the wake of a forest fire that razed down large parts of the forest in February and March 2019.

The Aberdare is a ‘planet’ of waterfalls. Waters tumble down beautifully and brutally, from mighty misty heights, as if being poured from massive pails that never empty, spraying the deep green-dark below. UNESCO (2010) lists three waterfalls: Karuru falls and Gura falls which plunges a misty pool from the opposite side; while Chania falls and Gura falls cascade into the yawning mouth of the Queen's Cave.

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Thomas Mwiraria

Thomas Mwiraria

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