|Chyulu Hills National Park|
The Chyulu Hills National Park was established in 1983 with a total
area of 741sq km. The Chyulu Hills are the youngest vulcan mountain range of
africa. The mountains are only 500 years old and covered with grass. The
national park is situated 190km in the south east from Nairobi.
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 rivers. This ecosystem has an important role as a reservoir for the coast towns Mombasa and Malinidi.
The national park offers breathtaking views of the landscape including Mount Kilimanjaro. There you can feel the magic of africa. The hills are nearly undisturbed and shelter a variety of vegetation and wildlife. Rough grassland and thicket give way to patches of montane forest along the spine of the hills, mainly above the 1800m contour. The largest part of forest is around the highest peaks in the central southern portion. Animals commonly seen in Chyulu Hills are zebra, buffalo, giraffe, oryx, warthog, leopard, bushbuck, eland, elephant and wildebeest. Also snakes like black mambas and puff adders can be found in the park.
Beside game viewing also horse riding, hiking, or cave exploration is possible.