I have already done a post on Chyulu Hills, however the sheer beauty and stunning landscapes of Chyulu, I believe, is worth another post. So here we go …

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The Chyulu Hills are located on the boundary of Amboseli plains and Tsavo plains, and situated 190 km southeast of Nairobi. Rising to an altitude of 2188m (7000 feet) above an arid plain, this 150km long mountain range was hived off the massive Tsavo West National Park in 1983 and its eastern slopes gazetted as Chyulu Hills National Park.

Breath taking sights and views!!!

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Chyulu Hills shelters a wide variety of wildlife and indigenous vegetation and is an important catchment area for Mzima Springs and the Tsavo & Galan Rivers.

The porous peaks of volcanic ash, enables them to trap rain from moisture-laden winds. All that rain soaks into the sponge-like ash and percolates down until it hits impervious bedrock and begins an underground journey to Mzima Springs, some 25 miles away.

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The  western portion of the hills is part of the west Chyulu Game Conservation Area and owned by several Maasai Group ranches

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Views of the pink haloed peak of Mount Kilimanjaro rises to the west

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Viewing the stunning landscape while riding on horseback

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Being a National Park, shelters a wide variety of wildlife and indigenous vegetation

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Browns and tans of dried vegetation and burn scars prevail in the dry season,

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How to get there

If driving from Nairobi, take Mombasa Road and drive until the Kibwezi turnoff. A further 1km from Kibwezi turnoff, turn on to the sign posted road on your right and drive another 9km to the campsite at the Chyulu Hills National Park Headquarters.

 

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1. Reflections enroute #wkendtravelinspiration

2. Adelina’s Pack Me To in  #SundayTraveler

3. Noel Morata’s Travel Photo Mondays

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21 Comments

  1. August 31, 2014 at 8:56 pm — Reply

    This is a beautiful place. Great photos

  2. September 1, 2014 at 8:09 am — Reply

    So beautiful…
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  3. September 1, 2014 at 9:19 am — Reply

    Rachel, These hills are beautiful. I love the golden glow of the fields. I would definitely try and go there when I visit. Thanks for linking up again with Weekend Travel Inspiration!
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  4. September 1, 2014 at 5:31 pm — Reply

    Wow. It sure is a beautiful place. The photos are quite magical. Thanks for sharing it again, as I am new and didn’t see it the first time around.
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  5. September 1, 2014 at 10:13 pm — Reply

    Stunning images of rolling, green hills! And Mzima Springs looks like a refreshing spot to take a dip (that is if there are no snakes, crocs, or hippos in the water – lol).

  6. September 1, 2014 at 10:15 pm — Reply

    Amazing! What a stunning place, I would love to visit one day! 🙂

  7. September 1, 2014 at 11:43 pm — Reply

    Wow, stunning photos! These views really are breathtaking!
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  8. September 2, 2014 at 11:54 am — Reply

    What amazing and beautiful scenery and photos.
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  9. September 2, 2014 at 5:12 pm — Reply

    Those lush, rolling hills are so green and beautiful. I was somehow surprised that they’re primarily composed of ash, but I suppose it’s been a very long time since the volcanic eruption. That’s so fascinating how it soaks up the moisture from the air and draws it down to the bedrock.
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    September 2, 2014 at 7:54 pm — Reply

    The volcanic Chyulus are Hemingway’s Green Hills of Africa. With their rolling summits capped by cloud forest they lie in the heart of Masailand midway between Amboseli and Tsavo, with unrivalled views of Mt Kilimanjaro. You could fit the whole of the Mara into this little-known corner of Kenya; yet accommodation is confined to just two luxury lodges. One is Campi ya Kanzi, situated on a 400,000-acre Masai ranch and renowned for its friendly house-party atmosphere and Italian cuisine.

    Besides game drives in search of lion, cheetah and elephant, it offers wonderful walks romantic sundowners, and a checklist of 400 birds including Verreaux eagles. The other lodge is Ol Donyo Wuas on the adjoining Mbirikani Ranch at the Amboseli end of the Chyulu range. You can wake up here, as I did, to see giant tuskers browsing in the acacia woodlands below. Beyond the trees lies a miniature Serengeti of open grasslands and granite kopjes that you can explore on game drives or on horseback without ever seeing another vehicle.

  11. September 2, 2014 at 8:25 pm — Reply

    Another beautiful part of Kenya! I’m very excited that it’s only 190 km from Nairobi and hope to make it to one of the lodges later this year. A perfect weekend trip from the capital.
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  12. September 3, 2014 at 6:55 am — Reply

    Oh pretty East Africa, we miss it already!

    @Worldtraveler – Interesting to know that these are the hills Hemingway was writing about in his book. I just read it last year.
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  13. September 3, 2014 at 10:46 am — Reply

    That’s kind of my place where I wish I was right now just chilling out, reading a book or jogging. I’m in love with the landscape!
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  14. September 3, 2014 at 11:26 pm — Reply

    There us on,y one word…WOW!!! Just wow…ok..2 words, wow and breathtaking!!!! 🙂
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  15. September 4, 2014 at 11:06 pm — Reply

    Wow so gorgeous! You’re convincing me more and more I need to get to Africa asap.
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  16. September 5, 2014 at 11:15 pm — Reply

    Thanks for this post. We are definitely going to Africa and this seems an easy option from Nairobi and it is so beautiful. Have you camped there or stayed in any lodges there?
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  17. September 6, 2014 at 7:49 pm — Reply

    HI Rachel, Chyulu Hills is truly majestic; worthy indeed of another post. Your photos are breathtaking and so are the credited photos. You have been doing a great job showing us the diversity of Kenya’s landscape. Thank you for sharing them with us.
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  18. September 6, 2014 at 9:10 pm — Reply

    You’re so right that Chyulu Hills definitely deserved another post with these stunning photos. It’s beautiful and i love how green and lush those hills look. I can sit and just admire those views for hours. I’m partial to the photos with the zebras 🙂
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  19. September 11, 2014 at 6:18 pm — Reply

    Wow, Rachael, these views are magnificent! Chyulu Hills definitely deserved another post. Love the colors, those green hills look so peaceful.
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  20. September 16, 2014 at 6:23 pm — Reply

    Breathtaking views!
    The last photo is so serene. One can contemplate the view with the tree for long minutes…

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