Framing the vast plains of Tsavo, and lying within view of majestic Mt Kilimanjaro, are the Taita and Chyulu Hills. The Chyulu hills are considered to be some of the youngest volcanic mountains in the world, born out of the earth only 500 years ago.
The beautiful hills are bordered by an expanse of black lava flow known as Sheitani, the source of many local legends.
This is a paradise of elephant herds, plains game, cheetah, remote Maasai villages and wonderful views of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Close to Tsavo East, the nearby Taita Hills are home to a private game sanctuary, with a wide variety of game including Lion, cheetah, elephant and plains game. Prolific bird life includes the extremely rare Taita Falcon, a bird recorded in early Egyptian hieroglyphics. The Taita are in fact three groups of hills, the Dabida, Sagalla and Kasigau.
In nearby Taveta, there are two beautiful lakes Jipe and Chala, fed by streams from the snows of Kilimanjaro. Chala is particularly stunning, and its deep blue waters lie beneath a perfect view of Kilimanjaro. This region is more remote than the more visited parks and reserves of southern Kenya, the perfect destination looking for anyone looking for an opportunity to get away from it all and relax in the wild.
Getting Around - Road access to Taita Hills is via Taveta, easily accessible from Tsavo or Mombasa. Beyond Taveta, the town of Oloitokitok is the point of access for the Chyulus. You’ll need your own transport, or to be part of a safari, to reach this region. Accessing the Taita or Chyulu Hills is difficult without private transport. Most visitors come here as part of a Safari package from Nairobi or in a Hire Car. Taita has well established internal roads and tracks.