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Chyulu Hills form the northernmost part of Tsavo West, an ecosystem characterized by savannah woodlands, solidified lava flows and volcanic hills straddling Makueni and Taita Taveta Counties

The narrow arching, 100 km long Chyulu- a chain of small hills and cones, are the world’s newest mountain ranges, the most recent volcanic peak having been formed 500 years ago

Chyulu Hills National Reserve Birdwatching

The Chyulu Hills form the northernmost part of Tsavo West, an ecosystem characterized by savannah woodlands, solidified lava flows, and volcanic hills straddling Makueni and Taita Taveta Counties.

A magical land of black frozen lava studded with blazing red-hot poker trees, the Chyulu hills park comprises about half of the forest area

Chyulu hills are relatively undisturbed and still shelter indigenous vegetation and wildlife

The narrow arching, 100 km long Chyulu- a chain of small hills and cones, are the world’s newest mountain ranges, the most recent volcanic peak having been formed 500 years ago

Chyulu Hills is the “Green Hills of Africa,” a paradise that inspired Ernest Hemingway’s book of the same name — when it rains, the sunburned hillsides are transformed into a verdant green like a golf course.

The Hills are one of the youngest volcanoes; still considered active, the last eruption was in 1856. There are lava tubes — cylindrical passages hollowed out by hot molten lava — inside the hills, locally known as the Kisula Caves.

Kisula Caves resemble a natural art gallery, with walls of different colored rocks, rippling layers of sediment, cone-shaped stalactites hanging above, and sections of the rock wall where the lava has cooled off into rope-like shapes.

The Chyulu Hills rise to 2,188 meters and the upper sections are covered by a thick forest where morning dew and moisture-laden clouds water the lush foliage

From a vantage point, you can get fascinating views of the Yatta plateau stretched in the far horizon and the plains of Tsavo East National Park

Elephants use Chyulu hills as a corridor to munch their way to either Amboseli or Tsavo West National Parks

Rainwater in the Chyulu Hills percolates into underground reservoirs and undergoes natural filtration for years before permeating through subterranean channels. The water merges with networks from Mount Kilimanjaro and feeds into watercourses such as Mzima Springs, some 50km away. Mzima Springs is a luxuriant green oasis in the middle of the Tsavo West bushland. The crystal clear water gushes out of lava rocks and into large pools fringed by reeds and raffia palms.

The hills are the source of water for a number of springs and rivers that include Mzima, Umani, Kiboko KwaKyai, Masimba Mang’ellete, Kibwezi and Makindu springs, and Tsavo, Galana, Kibwezi Kiboko, Makindu, Thange, Ngai Ndeithia, Mtito Andei, and Kambu rivers all situated east of the Chyulu Hills

 

It was in Chyulu Hills that Joy Adamson painted the famous red lily more than fifty years ago that set her to become the famed painter of Kenya’s people and plants beside her work with big cats

 

Chyulu Hills Birdwatching

Notable Birds in Chyulu Hills

Chyulu Hills is an exceptional destination for birdwatching   in Kenya, birding can be any time of the year, 

The Chyulu Hills are an important feeding point (when forest trees are in fruit) for Abbott’s Starling an endemic species in East Africa, as they move between forests on Mount Kilimanjaro and the central Kenyan highlands

 Chyulu Hills hold endemic races of Shelley’s Francolin

The Hills boast of a newfound chameleon called the Chyulu Hills Blade-horned Chameleon(considered extinct)

Amazing and beautiful Butterflies are encountered too in Chyulu Hills

  • Crested Guineafowl
  • Moorland Francolin
  • Shelly’s Francolin
  • Lemon Dove
  • African green Pigeon
  • Purple crested Turaco
  • African Emerald Cuckoo
  • Alpine Swift
  • White-backed Vulture
  • Brown Snake Eagle
  • African Crowned Eagle
  • Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle
  • Martial  Eagle
  • Black Eagle
  • Southern Ground Hornbill
  • Mustached Tinkerbird
  • Pallid Honeyguide
  • Eastern Black-headed Batis
  • Flappet Lark
  • Mustached Grass Warbler
  • Yellow-bellied Eremomela
  • Stripe-cheeked Greenbul
  • Mbulu White-eye
  • Orange Ground Thrush
  • Abbott’s Starling
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