BEST TIME TO VISIT CHYULU HILLS FOR A SOUTHERN KENYA SAFARI
In the hot, dry season, any rain that does fall evaporates quickly in equatorial Kenya, leaving little of this vital resource for the animals to drink. African wildlife behavior in Chyulu is significantly influenced by the abundance or scarcity of water. During the dry season, you may observe unique behaviors that only occur when water is in short supply. The watering holes are more crowded, so locating fauna is easier, but the animals may be more territorial and less tolerant of each other, which can lead to confrontations between species.
Another unique behavior that has been noted as occurring only during the dry season is that of elephant families moving more quickly between water resources and foraging locations. The lack of rainfall also means that the vegetation is less dense, another circumstance that makes the animals easier to spot, but this also means that food is in short supply for the herbivores due to competition from other foragers, so these animals may travel to greener pastures where water sources are also accessible.
The short rains arrive in November and December, followed by a warm, humid, moderately dry period in January and February. The long rains arrive in late March and last until early June. The rainfall is heavy during these months, so the roads in Chyulu Hills National Park become quite muddy, and the logistics of your safari activities may be much more challenging.
This time of year, though, is when the vegetation is lush and green. Some ungulates like impalas are also giving birth, so you may have the delightful experience of seeing the newborns of several species take their first steps (read more on when is the best time to travel to Kenya with AfricanMecca).
All things considered, we recommend that you plan your wildlife-viewing travels in Chyulu Hills during the cool, long dry season. Certain events may mean that other times are best for you, though, such as the long rains when there are fewer guests, birthing herbivores and lower rooming rates at camps and lodges in Chyulu Hills and around Kenya.
Migratory bird species arrive in the park from October to April, transforming the landscape into a birdwatcher's paradise while the brilliant green grasses and flowers of the long rains create stunning contrasts with the distant Kilimanjaro. Your personal interests may lead you to arrange your nature tour around holidays and special events, and Christmas, New Year's and Easter are popular times for local and international guests to spend time in Kenya but not so much in Chyulu.
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No matter when you choose to set off on your much-anticipated AfricanMecca bush holiday, Chyulu Hills will certainly far exceed your expectations. We highly recommend that you bring your camera with plenty of batteries and memory cards or film to take full advantage of the picturesque setting.
One of the most representative images is of Mount Kilimanjaro as a backdrop with two bull elephants standing in defense of their territories in the foreground, and you will find an almost infinite number of other images at every turn.
You should also pack a warm sweater, fleece or lightweight jacket as the temperatures can be quite cool during early morning game activities and for the evenings that you will spend under the vast African skies. A poncho or waterproof coast is also necessary if you should be traveling during the rainy season.
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WHERE TO STAY IN CHYULU HILLS
Chyulu Hills only has two luxury accommodations. These are Campi Ya Kanzi in the southern end near Tsavo West and Ol Donyo Lodge in the western Chyulu portion bordering the park in the Amboseli eco-system.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN CHYULU HILLS
Discover 741 sq. km of pristine Chyulu wilderness during your game drives, bush walks, hiking excursions, horseback riding, mountain biking, fly camping, birding expeditions and cultural activities.
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GUIDE ON CHYULU HILLS PARK
Chyulu is a striking unspoiled landscape of emerald green hills, open vistas, dense forests and pools of water with reflections of white clouds in azure blue skies, all surrounded by resident fauna.
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Jambo Raza, I think I speak for both of us when I say that this was one of the best trips of our lives. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable -- Steven, in Amboseli, was particularly outstanding.
Scott Aaronson - Associate Professor, M.I.T - Boston, United States
On behalf of myself, my wife and my two adult daughters, I want to sincerely thank you and AfricanMecca Safaris for our fabulous recent safari to Amboseli National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
Robert Schenkein - prVision Photography Studio - Colorado, United States
Jambo Altaf, Many thanks for a brilliant holiday. Your choice of tented accommodation at the two Tsavos and Amboseli was superb, we didn't have a favourite. We would recommend AfricanMecca to anyone.
Geoffrey Topliss - Northampton, United Kingdom
The animals at Amboseli were amazing. We saw live wildebeest births, a pack of hyenas looking for a kill. Thank you to AfricanMecca for helping us plan the trip/honeymoon of a lifetime!
Holly & Michael Lapidus - New Jersey, United States
It was a terrific trip to the Masai Mara - Governors Il Moran, Amboseli - Elerai Camp, Zanzibar - Ras Nungwi & Zanzibar Serena Inn - one we will always remember. Thank you for everything.
Bow & Sandy Bowman - California, United States
Raza and AfricanMecca Safaris did an outstanding job with all of the arrangements lined up to help make our trip unforgettable. We do thank you from the bottom of our heart.
Kim and Mike Claiborne - Texas, United States
Our trip was outstanding. Amboseli National Park was one of our favorite places. There was a diversity of landscape, with marsh area as well as bush country. We saw numerous elephants close up.
Professor Donald S. Kisiel - Biology Department Suffolk County Community College - New York, United States
EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR CHYULU HILLS IN SOUTHERN KENYA
When visiting Chyulu Hills National Park, we recommend combining your safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Amboseli, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru, Elementaita, and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes. You can also climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa: Mount Kenya.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Tsavo East or Tsavo West for an offbeat wildlife tour.
You can end your vacation at the Indian Ocean for a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar, Lamu, or Mombasa.
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