8 days Chyulu Hills Eco Trek

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The Chyulu Hills (Earnest Hemingway’s Green Hills of Africa) are a chain of undulating hills on Kenya’s south east, stretching across seventy or so kilometers between Amboseli National Park to the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro and Tsavo West National Park. Actually located around the highest mountain on the African continent; Mount Kilimanjaro culminates in one piece at 5896 meters, almost 4,800 meters above Maasai Amboseli savanna.

Programme and Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi- Selenkay
(3 hours’ drive)

Meet & Greet at Nairobi International Airport in the morning hours and head for Selenkay Safari Camp, a small permanent tented camp, tucked away from all touristic areas and is fully managed by the local Maasai community, they thus benefit directly from the tourism revenue. It features a clean drinking water supply, employs and trains the local Maasai who didn’t have a chance to have a formal education. The camp comprises of two spacious, very well equipped family tents featuring solar lighting, mosquito net draped beds and a bathroom. At Selenkay Camp, you are hosted on an exclusive basis thus enjoying a serene and tranquil atmosphere of freshness right in the middle of a semi-arid wooded savanna. Embark on a walk in the afternoon guided by the Maasai in the surrounding savanna all the while tracking animals, you will be introduced to Maasai herbal medicine, Maasai traditional huts… Make your way back at sunset in time for dinner and thereafter have a discussion around the campfire on the subject of Maasai culture with Leonard, the camps founder.

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Chyulu Hills Walking safari, Kenya

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Mount Kilimanjaro as seen from Chyulu Hills in Kenya

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Day 2 : Selenkay- Chyulu Hills
(1 and ½ hours’ drive and 3 hours trek

After breakfast, depart for 1 ½ hours’ drive to the starting point of the trekking trail at the foot of the Chyulu Hills chain where camels loaded with camping material and the team comprised of a Maasai guide and a cook awaits us. Enjoy a picnic lunch and thereafter park entry formalities follow. Embark on a 2 hours leisurely walk on an elevation of 200 meters up to the wild camp in the middle of the African savannah, not far from wildlife. Set up camp at 1300 meters of altitude. Dinner and overnight around a campfire.

Day 3: Chyulu Hills Trek
(4 hours’ hiking)

Enjoy breakfast in the bush and depart for a 4 hours climb on an elevation of 400 meters offering panoramic views of the east of Tsavo Park. The Yatta plateau, a huge lava flow that dates from the eruption of Mount Kenya further north appears on the horizon. Set up camp at 1700 meters of altitude, the savanna gives place to a dotted vegetation.

Day 4:  Chyulu Hills Trek
(5 hours’ hiking)

Break up camp after the breakfast. The camping material is loaded on the camel caravan led by the Maasai guide. The walk resumes in a southerly direction, following a winding trail on the ridge of the chain, between a series of summits covered with primary forests. Reaching at an altitude of 2000 meters, points of view towards the West on Mount Kilimanjaro and the Maasai plains of Amboseli open up. Arrive in the early afternoon hours at Chyulu Ridge Camp to set up the camp. The sunset can be observed over Mount Kilimanjaro. Dinner and overnight spent in a tent.

Day 5:  Chyulu Hills Trek
(5 hours’ hiking)

Break camp after breakfast to finish crossing the southern part of the Chyulu Hills. The trail ascends and descends through the tall grass of a wooded savanna to reach in the early afternoon the last camp in the hills at 1700 meters of altitude overlooking the Maasai plains to the west in direction of Mount Kilimanjaro and in the south, the Tsavo West National Park. Dinner in the bush around a campfire with guides. Overnight spent in a tent.

Day 6: Descent to Maasai plains in Amboseli
(5 hours walk)

Depart after breakfast for 5 hours of descent of 600 meters vertical drop to reach the Maasai plains of Imbirikani extending to the foot of the western slope of Chyulu Hills. Spectacular views of Kilimanjaro open up as the descent continues. Arrive in the savannah of a Maasai country which is more arid than in the foothills of the Chyulu Hills with a much warmer climate, featuring a lot of acacia tortillis trees and an ever present wildlife (giraffes, gazelles, zebras, antelopes, elephants ...) this is because we are in the middle of Amboseli animal’s migration corridor. The vehicle finds us to transfer us to Kibo Safari Camp, a permanent tented camp facing Kilimanjaro just outside Amboseli National Park. Check in and enjoy dinner and overnight in well-deserved comfort.

Day 7: Amboseli

Day relaxation at Kibo Safari Camp which features a swimming pool and a visit of Amboseli Park that extends to the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro as vast marshy plains fed continuously by underground seepage from Kilimanjaro’s snowmelt where vast herds of wildebeest, buffalo, antelopes and elephants gather. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Amboseli - Nairobi
(4 ½ hours’ drive)

Last morning at the lodge and transfer after breakfast to Nairobi and the international airport.

Base 2 people 2200 USD per person
Base 4 people 1720 USD per person
Base 6 people 1520 USD per person

Rates Include

  • Meet & Greet and Transfer at Nairobi Airport
  • Private and personalized services
  • Full board accommodation in trek camping and Camp/Lodge
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Professional cook and guides
  • Transport and camping equipment on camel back
  • Camping dome tents for 2, mattress and sleeping bags
  • “Flying Doctors" Evacuation insurance in case of accident or illness

Not included

  • The International Flight to Nairobi
  • The hotel in Nairobi if arriving on the eve of departure on safari (we can arrange)
  • Beverages other than mineral water provided during treks
  • Your personal medical and repatriation insurance
  • Visa Fees 40 Euros