Chyulu Hills National Park

Chyulu Hills National Park

LOCATED
–     In the South West of Kenya approx. 275km drive from Nairobi

ALTITUDE
–     2188m highest – ok

AREA
–     741km²  – ok

PARK ENTRANCE FEE METHOD
–     Kenya Wildlife Service Prepaid Tickets or Cash

ACCOMMODATIONS
–     Oldonyo Wuus Lodge – located outside the park

ACCESS
–     By road approx. 5 hours’ drive and by Air from Nairobi and Mombasa

ATTRACTIONS
–     Cave Exploration, Game, Breathtaking views of Chyulu Hills and Mt. Kilimanjaro

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 center 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. Reptiles found here; Black Mamba, Puff Adder, Rock Python, Gecko, Tortoise, Lizard; Insects: Dung Beetles, Butterflies, Tsetse fly Animals: Buffalo; Bushbuck; Eland; Elephant, Leopard; Giant Forest Hog, Bush Pig, Reedbuck, Mountain, Steinbok. The Chyulu Hills are located about 150 km east of the Kenya Rift. The hills consist of several hundred small flows and cones. Volcanism in the area started about 1.4 million years ago in the northern parts of the hills, and over time the volcanism propagated towards the southeast. These volcanoes are still considered active, since their last two eruptions (Shaitani and Chainu) occurred in 1856. Within the hills is the Leviathan cave, one of the longest lava tubes in the world. Chyulu hills divide the Tsavo and Amboseli plains.

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