Chyulu Hills

Chyulu hills are located 190 km south-east of Nairobi and 30 km south-west of Kibwezi. The Chyulu Hills are of relatively recent volcanic origin and the range is composed of ash cones and craters.

The hills do not hold permanent surface water, however rainfall percolating through the porous rock feeds many permanent fresh water sources in the surrounding plains, especially Mzima springs and the Galana and Tsavo rivers. The hills are relatively serene and shelter indigenous vegetation and wildlife.

The park comprises the eastern border 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 – hot and dry

Major Attractions –

Breathtaking views from the Chyulu Hills,
cave exploration, one camp site next to park headquarters;
game viewing
animals – 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.

Access – 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 4×4 vehicle with high clearance is highly recommended. Airstrips: There are two airstrips in the park

Best time to visit – Throughout the year

Activities – Wildlife viewing, camping, cave exploration, nature walks, hiking.