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Chyulu Hills National Park

Chyulu Hills National Park                                
The Chyulu Hills are situated 190 km South-East of Nairobi and 30 km South-West of Kibwezi. They are of relatively recent volcanic origin and the range is composed of ash cones and craters.The hills hold no permanent surface water but rainfall percolating through the porus rock feeds many permanent fresh water sources in the surrounding plains, notably Mzima springs and the Tsavo and Galana rivers.The hills are relatively undisturbed and shelter indegenous vegetation and wildlife. The park comprises the eastern flank of the hills including about half of the forest area. The park boundary runs down the center of the hills along the line of the peaks. The western half is part of the West Chyulu Game Conservation area, owned by several Masai group ranches.


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Chyulu Hills National Park                        
Hemingway’s ‘Green Hills of Africa’
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 centre 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

Access
•Roads: 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. By road from Tsavo West: It is possible to enter the park from Tsavo West.
•By Air: The Park has two airstrips.

Park Gates
Chyullu Gate

Size
741 km 2

Location

Makueni District, Eastern Province and Kajiado District, rift Valley Province.

Climate
-  Temperature ranges from 20-300 c and rainfall from 200mm – 700 mm.
-  Two rain seasons: Long rains – March & April & short rains – Nov/ December.

Safari Card Required
At present the park does not operate on Safari Card system. Entry is by cash only (KSH or US$).

Attractions
-  Breathtaking views from the chyllu Hills,cave exploration,one camp site next to park headquaters.
-  Reptiles:Black Mamba, Puff Adder, Rock Python, Geko, Tortoise, Lizard.
-  Insects/arthropods:Dung Beetles, Butterflies, Tsetsefly.
-  Common Animals:Buffalo; Bushbuck; Eland; Elephant, Africa Leopard; Pig, Forest Bush; reedbuck, mountain; Steinbok.

Activities
-  Game viewing.
-  Camping

Best time for a 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.
Open: Daily 6.00 am -7.00 pm including public holidays.
No entry is allowed on foot and visitors will not be allowed entry after 6.15pm.

Park Contacts
Phone:     +254 (45) 622483 or 622120
Fax:          +254 (20) 607024
Email:      reservations@kws.go.ke
Postal Address:  The Warden, Chyulu Hills National Park, Kenya

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