Chyulu Hills National Park
The Chyulu Hills are situated 190 km
south-east of Nairobi and 30 km south-west of Kibwezi. They are of
relatively recent volcanic origin and the range is composed of ash
cones and craters.
The hills hold no permanent
surface water but rainfall percolating through the porous rock feeds many permanent fresh water sources in the
surrounding plains, notably Mzima springs and the Tsavo and Galana
rivers. The hills are relatively undisturbed and shelter indigenous
vegetation and wildlife.
The park comprises the eastern flank of the
hills including about half of the forest area. The park boundary runs
down the centre of the hills along the line of the peaks. The western
half is part of the West Chyulu Game Conservation area, owned by
several Maasai group ranches.
Climatic conditions -
The climate is hot and dry
Major Attractions -
Breathtaking views from the Chyulu Hills, cave exploration, one camp site next to park headquarters; game viewing
Reptiles: black mamba, puff adder, rock python, geko, tortoise, lizard.
Common Animals: buffalo, bushbuck, eland, elephant, leopard; forest bush pig, mountain reedbuck, steinbok, wild dogs.
Roads: Along Nairobi-Mombasa highway, the park signpost is 1 km past
the Kibwezi turn off. Park gate is 10 km off the highway. There is
limited road network within the park and a 4x4 vehicle with high
clearance is highly recommended. Airstrips: There are two airstrips in the park
There is currently no accommodation in the park, but campsites Chyulu II, park headquarters, Kiboko campsite.
Best time to visit -
All year round
Wildlife viewing, camping, cave exploration, nature walks, hiking