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 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.
The park is in Kibwezi District, Eastern Province
Approximately 741 square kilometers.
Access 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. From Tsavo West: It is possible to enter the park from Tsavo West. Park gates include the Main Gate, Mukururo and Kiboko.
Access By Air
The park has two airstrips.
Temperature ranges from 20-30 degrees Celsius and rainfall from 200mm-700mm.
Two rain seasons: Long rains – March & April; Short rains – November & December.
The altitude is 1500 - 2160 meters above sea level
Safari Card Required?
At present the park does not operate on Safari Card system. Entry is by cash only (KSH or USD).
• Breathtaking views from the Chyllu Hills, cave exploration,one camp site next to park headquarters.
• 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 un-gazetted portion of the Chyulu Hills
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
Best Time To Visit
All year round.
What To Take With You
Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks.
- Bird watching
- Game viewing
- Horse riding
- Mountain hiking