Often referred to as ‘Volcano Hills’, the beautiful Chyulu National Park boasts a striking topography of mountains, deep lava caves, craters and cones, as well a green rugged wilderness with views of iconic Mount Kilimanjaro. Among this natural vegetation, spot a range of incredible wildlife on game drives – including elephant, lion, leopard and zebra – while Lake Jipe is paradise for bird watchers.
The verdant terrain of Chyulu Hills National Park houses a variety of incredible Kenyan wildlife - including elephant, lion, leopard, zebra, giraffe and reedbuck. The volcanic landscape also features naturally wooded areas which are home to around 250 species of birdlife - paradise for bird watchers!
Learn more about the fascinating culture of the Maasai and how they have evolved to protect their habitat and the local wildlife. Lion hunting is a rite of passage to the Maasai but with rapidly declining lion numbers, the Maasai warriors of this area instead show their athletic skills, strength and prowess in the biennial Maasai Olympics.
Chyulu Hills' ancient volcano peaks offer some challenging, though spectacularly scenic, cycling trails. There are wonderful lookout points along the way, as well as plenty of chance for wildlife encounters!
Search for wildlife on horseback, with an unforgettable ride through the dramatic landscape of Chyulu Hills. Rides are adapted to your level of experience, so you can enjoy a horse trek no matter whether a beginner or total pro! Far quieter than a vehicle safari, you can often get very close to the animals.
Chyulu Hills National Park experiences two rainy seasons: the Long Rains in March and April, as well as the short rains in November and December. Though it can be visited year-round, the wildlife viewing is generally best in the drier months from June to October and January to February. This is due to animals congregating around permanent water sources, making them easier to track down. The temperature generally remains between 20 - 30°C throughout the year.
British Airways fly direct from London Heathrow to Nairobi in around 8 hours, 25 minutes. The park is approximately 3 hours 40 minutes by road from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, while Chyulu Hills also houses two airstrips for charter planes.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
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