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Mountains
Mount Kenya Kenya has several mountains and hills. There are parks around these geographical features and a number of fun-activities such as mountain climbing, camping, and game viewing. For accommodation, there are beautiful lodges and campsite. Have fun!
The Mountains
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Taita & Chyulu Hills
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Framing the vast plains of Tsavo, and lying within view of majestic Mt Kilimanjaro, are the Taita and Chyulu Hills. The Chyulu hills are considered to be some of the youngest volcanic mountains in the world, born out of the earth only 500 years ago.

The beautiful hills are bordered by an expanse of black lava flow known as Sheitani, the source of many local legends. This is a paradise of elephant herds, plains game, cheetah, remote Maasai villages and wonderful views of Mt Kilimanjaro.

Close to Tsavo East, the nearby Taita Hills are home to a private game sanctuary, with a wide variety of game including Lion, cheetah, elephant and plains game. Prolific bird life includes the extremely rare Taita Falcon, a bird recorded in early Egyptian hieroglyphics.The Taita are in fact three groups of hills, the Dabida, Sagalla and Kasigau.

In nearby Taveta, there are two beautiful lakes Jipe and Chala, fed by streams from the snows of Kilimanjaro. Chala is particularly stunning, and its deep blue waters lie beneath a perfect view of Kilimanjaro.

This region is more remote than the more visited parks and reserves of southern Kenya, the perfect destination looking for anyone looking for an opportunity to get away from it all and relax in the wild.

Getting There

Road access to Taita Hills is via Taveta, easily accessible from Tsavo or Mombasa. Beyond Taveta, the town of Oloitokitok is the point of access for the Chyulus. You’ll need your own transport, or to be part of a safari, to reach this region.

Mobility Around

Accessing the Taita or Chyulu Hills is difficult without private transport. Most visitors come here as part of a Safari package from Nairobi or in a Hire Car. Taita has well established internal roads and tracks.

Western Highlands
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This truly spectacular region is one of Kenya’s best kept secrets.

The highlands and escarpement of the North Rift Valley provide some of the country's most awe-inspiring views, across the broad and beautiful Kerio Valley. The scenic vistas around the Elgeyo escarpement are truly stunning, especially from the 'World's End' viewpoint at Nyaru. Waterfalls flow down the face of these escarpements, and at Chebloch, on the valley floor water runs through a deep and narrow gorge with sheer rock walls.

The highlands are an excellent place to explore, and there is plenty to discover among the many hills and ranges. From the high Tugen Hills, there are excellent views across arid rift valley floor to Lake Baringo. The lush green hills around Kericho are home to Kenya's tea industry, and the nearby Kisii Community is world renowned for their beautiful soapstone carving.

Unlike most of Kenya’s mountains and ranges, the rolling Cherangani Hills are not volcanic in origin. The hills are centred upon a forested escarpment and surrounded on three sides by sheer cliff faces. They are criss-crossed by walking paths, and ease of direction and undemanding slopes make this excellent country for relaxing hill walking.

The paths cross open farmland, pass through sheltered valleys and wind their way up to forested peaks.

This is a birding mecca, and whether you are a serious ornithologist or a hobby birder, you should not miss the Cheranganis. There are excellent bird guides available locally.

Wildlife enthusiasts can also visit the nearby Saiwa Swamp National Park. This is one of the few parks that permits walking, and is an ideal place for a days hike. This wild country is home to many and varied species, the best known being the very rare Sitatunga. This semi-amphibious antelope lives in the depths of these swamps. Rimoi National Reserve, in the Kerio Valley, is an important area for elephant migration.

The Western Highlands have become a major draw for sporting tourists. This is the home of many of Kenya's world famous runners. This is probably the finest place on earth for high altitide athletic training, and many international athletes visit training camps around Iten and Kaptagat.

But the real beauty of these Highlands lies in the solitude, peace, and isolation to be found in the hills.

Getting There

The central travel hub of this region is Eldoret, which is serviced by both bus and air traffic. Kenya's third international airport is located in Eldoret, with frequent domestic services. There are several airstrips throughout the region, including a large public strip at Kericho. Other major towns in this region with good road access include Kericho, Kitale, Kaptagat and Kabaranet. Some trekking companies can organize transfers from Nairobi to the Cherangani Hills.

Mobility Around

There is a very good road network throughout the entire Western Highlands. There are good bus and matatu connections among most towns and villages. This is ideal walking, trekking and cycling country (although there are many steep hills), even within Saiwa Swamp National Park. It is possible to take an organized safari into this area.

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