Chyulu Hills National Park

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. They 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

Wildlife – 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

Accommodation – There is currently no accommodation in the park, but campsites Chyulu II, park headquarters, Kiboko campsite.

Best time to visit – All year round

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

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