is located in the Southeast Kenya
It is a relatively little known area of beautiful upland scenery which lies between the flatlands of Amboseli
and Tsavo West
, 75km to the northeast of Mount Kilimanjaro
which provides a scenic backdrop on clear days.
Unlike the national parks either side, Chyulu Hills attracts very few visitors and therefore retains a much greater sense of wilderness.
The core upland areas, which form the bulk of the national park, comprise mainly of dome topped hills which are in part covered by patches of open acacia woodlands and dense forests. These altitudes are much better watered than the surrounding plains and provide sanctuary to many animals during the Jul/Oct dry season, notably elephants, elands and hartebeests. The hills are perfect for leisurely hiking and horse-back safari.
The plains to the southwest of the hills contain a network of large private conservancies and Maasai tribal lands, home to a very wide range of wildlife notably including giraffes, elephants, zebras, wildebeest. Predators including lions, spotted hyenas, cheetahs, leopards and servals are also present, but sightings are relatively few and far between.
Outside the borders on the northeastern side of the national park, the land is relatively densely populated with shamba and commercial farming operations. There is more forest on this is of the park, but wildlife viewing is not very productive, so the few vehicle tracks are relatively little used.
All of the accommodation options in this area are upmarket ...Ol Donyo Lodge
... is the best known option in the area, a very comfortable place which offers an authentic wilderness experience, with excellent vehicle safari, hiking, horse-back safari and Maasai cultural interaction.Campi ya Kanzi
... is a rare owner-hosted lodge, closely linked with the local community and which works very hard to please its guests, with particularly good opportunities for hiking and scenic flying.Kanzi House
... is a smaller private annex of the above property.Umani Springs Camp
... is the only facility on the northeastern side, a specialist camp which is connects to the renowned David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and their baby elephant orphanage and release scheme.
The Chyulu Hills area is worth considering for inclusion in any high-end safari through Kenya, especially if you are either keen on seeing Mount Kilimanjaro. it provides a much cleaner and more exclusive version of the popular Amboseli
Most visitors tend to stay for 3 to 4 nights in the Chyulu Hills area, usually as part of a flying safari including other high quality locations in Kenya such as Maasai Mara
, as well as Serengeti
over the border in Northern Tanzania