Overlooking the iconic snowcapped Mount Kilimanjaro across the border in Tanzania, the Chyulu Hills emerge between Kenya’s Tsavo and Amboseli National parks.
Verdant rolling hills of endless green, great blue skies and dramatically beautiful landscape views are what the Chyulu Hills provide to nature lovers. Chyulu is a rugged wilderness still showing signs of its volcanic origins – and boasting some of the best views of Kilimanjaro. The reserve is a rugged jumble of ancient volcanic cones and craters, as well as the longest lava tube in the world.
In this arid landscape, the numerous springs and rivers of the Chyulu Hills stem from a unique cloud forest that acts as a critical water tower for nearby communities, livestock and wildlife. The Chyulu Hills is part of a major wildlife corridor and an important water catchment for the Mzima springs – a series of natural springs in the arid Tsavo National Park.
The Chyulu Hills are an integral part of Kenya’s largest conservation landscape that provides critical habitat for many of Africa’s most iconic species, including endangered rhinos and elephants. Other wildlife include buffalo, bushbucks, elands, leopards, giant forest hogs, bush pigs, reedbucks and giraffes along with various reptiles and insects. In addition, the area is home both to Maasai pastoralists – sheep, goat and cattle farmers – and Kamba agriculturalists, who have utilized the land for hundreds of years.