Chyulu Hills National Park
Chyulu Hills National Park is located 30 km southwest of Kibwezi and approximately 190 km southeast of Nairobi covering an area of approximately 741sqkm. The temperature of the area ranges from 20-30 c and rainfall from 200mm – 700 mm and its altitude is 1500 – 2160 meters above sea level.
Chyulu Hills National Park
The hills are of relatively recent volcanic origin and the range is composed of several hundred small flows and cones. Lower parts of the hills are made up of composed of thicket and grasslands, while above roughly 1800 metres is under montane forest. Chyulu hills separate the Tsavo Park and Amboseli plains. Mammals found in the hills include buffalo, eland, mountain reedbuck, bushbuck, elephant, bush pig, leopard, giraffe, lion, steinbok, zebra, and wildebeest. Various snakes can be found in the hills such as the puff adder, black mamba, and rock python. Various bird species can also be found in the area such as Pogonocichla stellata, Francolinus shelleyi, Cinnyricinclus femoralis, Zoothera gurneyi, Bradypterus cinnamomeus, and Hieraaetus ayresii.
The area is mostly inhabited by Masai and Kamba people.
Chyulu Hills does not have any permanent rivers but rainfall percolating through the porous rock feeds many permanent freshwater sources in the nearby plains, especially Mzima springs and the Tsavo and Galana rivers. The hills are comparatively uninterrupted and shelter indigenous vegetation and wildlife.
The park can be accessed from Tsavo West National Park or along the Nairobi Mombasa highway, the park road sign is one kilometer past the Kibwezi turn-off. The Park gate is ten kilometers off the highway. A 4×4 vehicle is recommended for your game drive due to the terrain of the park.
The park has no accommodation but there are a lot of existing options nearby that will cater to all the travelers’ needs within the Tsavo West National Park and in ungazetted portion of the Chyulu Hills.
There are also public campsites within the park that offer basic amenities.
Gates to the park:
- Main Gate
- Kiboko gate
- Mukururo gate
- Magnificent views from the Chyllu Hills
- Cave exploration
- Insects/arthropods: Dung Beetles, Tsetse fly, Butterflies,
- Wild Animals: Bushbuck, Buffalo, Eland, giant forest hog, Leopard, bush Pig, reedbuck, Steinbok
- Reptiles: Black Mamba, Rock Python, Puff Adder, Lizard, Gecko, Tortoise
Activities within Chyulu Hills National Park
- Game viewing
- Bird Watching
- Horse Riding
- Mountain Hiking
- Nature walks
Chyulu Hills National Park Entrance Fee
Chyulu Hills National Park Entrance Fee is as follows: ( Updated 2022)
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Other Kenya National Parks and Game Reserves
- Meru National Park
- Lake Nakuru National Park
- Mount Kenya National Park
- Maasai Mara Game Reserve
- Tsavo West National Park
- Tsavo East National Park
- Nairobi National Park
- Aberdare National Park