Chyulu Hills

The Chyulu Hills, and the plains that lie at their feet to the south, are one of Kenya's most photogenic regions. This is an area of rolling open plains interrupted abruptly by the Chyulu Hills themselves.

The Chyulus run in a series of whale-backed summits in a line about 30 miles long dividing the country of the Wakamba people from Maasai land, Amboseli and Mt Kilimanjaro to the South. Kilimanjaro on the Tanzania border, dominates the skyline in views from Ol Donyo Lodge, one of the best places to stay in the Chyulus. The Chyulu Hills National Park itself is, in reality, only a small part of the area you'll explore if you come here.  It is based on a section of the hills themselves, which are amongst the youngest volcanic hills in Kenya. The last eruption in the Chyulus - down on the far eastern end - happened just a few decades ago.

This is a truly magical area of ragged craters, rolling grassland, exotic aromatic plants and cedar forests. At times, in the cool of the early morning there is a distinctly Scottish flavour to the highland air in the Chyulus. At the foot of the hills is a whole other side to the Chyulus experience - here the hills give way to rolling plains of fertile volcanic soil. Mature flat-topped acacia woodland covers the area immediately under the hills, while impenetrably thick bush covers lava flows that are home to some of Kenya's last wild black rhinoceros. From the edge of the woodland, grass covered plains with soft rolling hills run as far as the eye can see.

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