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Chyulu Hills National Park

CHYULU HILLS NATIONAL PARK

Chyulu hills national  park is a land of black frozen lava studded with blazing red-hot poker trees. It is located south east, close to the Tsavo West National Park. The park is home to a variety of wildlife (although the diversity is not as spectacular as that found in other major Kenyan parks).

On a clear day, one can catch a glimpse of the elusive Mount Kilimanjaro peak to the west. The park comprises the eastern flanks of the Chyulu hills including about half the forested area. The park boundary runs down the Centre of the hills along the line of peaks. The remaining western portion of the hills is part of the West Chyulu Game Conservation Area owned by several Maasai group ranches.

Park size: 741 sq.km

Climate: Temp ranges from 20-30 0c. and rainfall from 200mm-700mm.

There are two rain seasons: Long Rains: March and April and Short rains: November- December.

Altitude:1500-2160 meters above sea level.

When to go: You can visit all year round daily from 06.00hrs-07.00hrs including public holidays. No entry is allowed on foot and visitors will not be allowed after 1800hrs.

How to get there:

By road: use Mombasa road to Kibwezi.

Airstrips: The park has two airstrips.

What to bring with you:

Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight.

Binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks, torches for those who would like to explore the caves.

Atrractions:

Views of the chyllu Hills,cave exploration.

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

Wildlife: Buffalo; Bushbuck; Eland; Elephant, giraffe.

Park Activities: Birth watching, Mt. climbing, Horse riding, Camping, Game viewing drives.

Accommodation:

Campsites: Kiboko and Kathisayo.

Mt Kenya & The Aberdares

Snow-capped Mount Kenya is Africa’s second highest mountain, a stunning and challenging destination for climbers and trekkers. Below the mountain’s alpine meadows roam Mountain Elephant, Black Rhino, Cape buffalo and Antelope. On its lower slopes is Ol Pejeta, a private ranch and Rhino sanctuary and nearby is the famous Mount Kenya Safari Club founded by William Holden. The Aberdares sport high alpine moorland and primeval aloe forest. Here you can visit Treetops where Leopard can regularly be seen refreshing themselves.

Samburu Game Reserve

Found in the northern part of Kenya. This national park is abound with wildlife and embraces the most captivating sceneries in the country. Leave Nairobi in the morning to arrive in samburu in time for lunch at your lodge or camp. The semi-arid country of northern Kenya, framed by volcanic mountain ranges and dotted with lakes, each unique. Throughout the region, rare animals abound; the Reticulated Giraffe, Beisa Oryx, Grevy’s Zebra, and long-necked Gerenuk. Adjacent to this area is the beautiful Meru National Park home of Elsa the Lioness befriended by Joy and George Adamson and featured in Joy’s Book and the film, Born Free.

Samburu National Reserve

The Samburu National Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng’iro river in Kenya. On the other side of the river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve. The park is 165 km² in size and is situated 350 kilometers from Nairobi. It ranges in altitude from 800 to 1230m above sea level. Geographically, it is located in Samburu County. In the middle of the reserve, the Ewaso Ng’iro flows through doum palm groves and thick riverine forests. It provides water, without which the game in this arid region could not survive.

Lake Nakuru National Park

The park lies in Central Kenya, 140km north-west of Nairobi, in Nakuru district of the Rift Valley Province. The ecosystem comprises of the lake, surrounded by mainly wooded and bushy grasslands. The park supports a wide ecological diversity with Flamingos (Greater and Lesser) and other water birds being the major attractions of the area. The ecosystem provides for about 56 different species of mammals including the white rhino and buffaloes and a variety of terrestrial birds numbering nearly 450 species.

Masai Mara National Reserve

The classic Safari. From July to September, the Mara provides one of nature’s most dramatic spectacles, the annual migration of over a million wildebeest and zebras, teeming from the south to cross the Mara River into Masai Mara National Reserve. The stunning savannah stretches on forever. In this vast landscape you can see cheetah, the fastest animal in the world, chasing Antelope and Gazelle. In the Mara River Hippos bathe and on its banks Crocodiles sun themselves. One of the world’s very special places.

Nairobi National Park

Just outside Nairobi, this is home to large herds of Zebra, Wildebeest, Buffalo, Giraffe, Lion, Cheetah, Hippo, Rhino and even birdlife (over 400 species). Here you can also go on the Nairobi Safari Walk, an educational centre to make people aware of wildlife and habitat conservation. Also in the park is the Nairobi Animal Orphanage.

Amboseli National Park

Amboseli in Maasai means “place of water” this national park lies on the shadows of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain yet covered by snow. It is 4 hours dive from Nairobi. Here we have among others large herds of elephants, zebra, giraffe, impala and leopards. Ever present is the remarkable view of Kilimanjaro, under which the park boasts one of Kenya’s best displays of Wildlife. Hemingway wrote of it as the essence of Africa. Elephants rummage in the lower forests, Leopards prowl the salt flats, Antelope graze. All against the backdrop of Kilimanjaro majestic peak. The classic image of Africa.

Attraction

  • Large herds of elephants-the pachyderms of Amboseli are the longest studied elephants in the wild since the early 1971
  • Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Big five
  • Observation hill for an aerial view of the park with its swamps, dust plains and Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • Maasai culture
  • Swamps below observation hill frequented by elephants, buffaloes, hippos, and water fowls like pelicans and Egyptian geese.

Tsavo National Park

Possibly the world’s biggest game sanctuary. On the east side roam ‘red’ Elephants, named from the colour of rich earth of the area they throw over themselves. On the west are the Mzima springs where Hippo and Crocodile bathe. A model national park in geographic, animal and plant diversity, situated halfway between Nairobi and Mombasa – making it ideal for those wanting to include both safari and coast on their itinerary. In the evening ‘Tsavo Sunsets” span the sky filling the horizon with incredible colour.

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