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CHYULU HILLS NATIONAL PARK

Chyulu Hills National Park


One of Africa’s finest-visited park, emerge between Kenya’s world-famous Tsavo and Amboseli national parks. Savanna grassland and acacia woodlands dominate the low-lying areas as far as the eye can see. This is a landscape of black frozen lava studded with blazing red-hot poker trees and shoals of extinct volcanoes wreathed in dense forest abs hung with Spanish moss, Verdant rolling hills of endless green, great blue skies and spectacular landscape views are what the Chyulu Hills provide to nature lovers. Its breathtaking landscape of rampant ferocity and the views of Kilimanjaro are unbeatable. Chyulu Hills was aptly described by Hemingway as ‘the green hills of Africa.’ It stretches across 150 km and reaches a peak altitude of 2 188 metres. These epic hills are renowned for having the deepest lava tube caves in the world, which twist and turn beneath Chyulu Hills. It’s also amongst the youngest volcanic hills in the world. The last eruption in the Chyulu - down on the far eastern end - happened just a few decades ago.

The park is a big game country; Keep your eyes peeled for giraffes adeptly use their long tongues to extract the leaves of the acacia trees while delicately avoiding the thorns. Nearby zebras stand together to create a dizzying pattern of black and white stripes to confuse a lone cheetah that stands on a mound looking for prey. On the crest of a low hill is a scene that you have imagined for your dream East African tour – a pride of lions lazes about in the early morning after a night of hunting while their young cubs attempt to pry morsels from the carcass. You will truly appreciate your guide’s skills, experience and knowledge when he locates the most elusive animals in the park -- leopards and other stealthy predators, as well as elephants, buffalos, rhinos and other grazers. More diverse fauna are wildebeest, impala, bushbuck, oryx, eland, reedbuck, steenbok and other hoofed herbivores. Bush walks and hiking excursions give you a different perspective of the Chyulu Hills eco-systems, as your guide helps you identify insects, plants and tiny mammals that rustle in the bush as you pass. Another activity for your exquisite Kenya vacation is to spend the day horseback riding which offer a more natural and discreet way of game viewing, which allows you to get close to nearby wildlife. Rides take place across beautiful and unspoiled scenery, ranging from forests and deep savannah plains to dense bush woodlands, and clear springs.

Bird watching is the best in the dense mountain forest of the western sector of the park where Hartlaub’s turaco, sunbird, speckled mousebird and white eared barbet are prevalent. Look out for greenbul, tropical boubou, white-eyed slaty ?ycatcher and silvery cheeked hornbill. The hills also mark an important stopping-off point for the globally threatened Abbott’s starling and hold endemic population of Shelley’s francolin, white starred robin and orange thrush. Plan thisKenya’s most remote and untouched corners safari which will provide you with intimate wildlife encounters that you’ll often have all to yourself.

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