Chyulu Hills National Park

 

A magical land of black frozen lava studded with blazing red-hot poker trees: of shoals of extinct volcanoes wreathed in dense forest abs hung with Spanish moss, the Chyulu hills coil a sleeping dragon on the lion-gold plains of his treasure. The pink haloed peak of Mount Kilimanjaro rises to the west and all around stretch the mirage miles of Maasai land, dusty, dry and stalked by scarlet cloaked herders and dust plumed cattle.

The Park comprises the eastern flanks of Chyulu Hills including about half the forest area. The park boundary runs down the centre of the hills along the lines of the peaks. The remaining western portion of the hills is part of the west Chyulu Game Conservation Area and owned by several Maasai Group ranches

 

ACCESS

 

Roads: By road from Kibwezi: turn right off the Mombasa Road (coming from Nairobi) at Kibwezi, onto a sign posted road that leads after 9 Kms to Kithasyo Gate and Park HQ. By road from Tsavo West: It is possible to enter the park from Tsavo West

By Air: The Park has two airstrips

PARK GATES:

Main Gate

Mukururo

Kiboko

SIZE

Approximately 741 sq.km

LOCATION

The park is in Kibwezi District, Eastern Province

CLIMATE

Temperature ranges from 20-30 c and rainfall from 200mm – 700 mm

Two rain seasons: Long rains – March & April & short rains – Nov/ December

The altitude 1500 - 2160 meters above sea level

PERSONNEL ON CALL

The Warden

SAFARICARD REQUIRED?

At present the park does not operate on Safaricard system. Entry is by cash only (KSH or US$).

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

Breathtaking views from the chyllu Hills,cave exploration,one camp site next to park headquaters

Reptiles:Black Mamba, Puff Adder, Rock Python, Gecko, Tortoise, Lizard

Insects/arthropods:Dung Beetles, Butterflies, Tsetse fly

Common Animals:Buffalo; Bushbuck; Eland; Elephant, Leopard; giant forest hog ,bush Pig; reedbuck, mountain; Steinbok

WHERE TO STAY:

While there is no accommodation within the park numerous accommodation options exist in nearby Tsavo West National Park and in ungazetted portion of the Chyulu Hills

Camping: The park has three public campsites. The campsite at Kithasyo Park offers basic amenities. There is also a KWS campsite outside the park boundaries near the guest house at Kiboko

ACTIVITY OPTIONS

Game viewing

Camping

Mountain Hiking

Horse Riding

Bird Watching

 

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