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
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.
The climate is hot and dry.
How To Get There
Along Nairobi Mombasa highway, the park
sign post is 1km past the Kibwezi turn off.
Park gate is 10km off the highway.There is
limited road network within the park and a 4
X 4 vehicle with high clearance is highly
Breathtaking views from the chuylu
hills,cave exploration,one camp site next to
Wildlife (Reptiles): Black Mamba, Puff
Adder, Rock Python, Geko, Tortoise, Lizard.
Insects/arthropods: Dung Beetles,
Common Animals: Buffalo; Bushbuck; Eland;
Elephant, African; Leopard; Pig, Forest
Bush; reedbuck, mountain; Steinbok.
Rough grassland and thicket give way to
patches of montane forest along the spine of
the hills, mainly above the 1800m contour;
the largest tract of forest is around the
highest peaks in the central southern
Characteristic trees include ficus spp,
Neoboutonia macrocalyx, Tabernaemontana
stapfinaa, Prunus africana, Strombosia
scheffleri, Cassipourea malonsana, Olea
capensis and Ilex mitis with islands guarded
by Erythrina abyssinica. Lower down there
are areas of Juniperus procera forest and,
particularly on lava flows, forest dominated
by the blue-stemmed Commiphora baluensis.
The hills have 37 species of orchids, mostly
epiphytes supported by the heavy mists and
the rare saprophyte Epipogium roseum.
Notable trees are Chionanthus mildbraedii
and the most northerly population of