The Taita Hills are part of the Tsavo area and accessed from Taveta. The Chyulu Hills are young volcanic mountains and formed just over 500 years ago. A black lava known as Sheitani is found lining the hills. Home to elephant,cheetah and plains game and Masai villages. In Taveta are the Jipe and Chala lakes.
The Western Highlands are around Eldoret which has an international airport. Within the region are a number of other airstrips. The main towns are Kericho, Kitale, Kaptagat and Kabaranet. The highlands are a group of hill and ranges with views across the Rift Valley.
The Cherengani Hills rise to 3581 metres and lie northwest to Kapenguria. The hills are popular with more adventurous hikers and long hikes are possible. The Tugen Hills provide views across the rift valley to Lake Baringo. The hills around Kericho are covered in tea estates. Saiwa Swamp National Park allows walking and home of the
Sitatunga and semi-amphibious antelope that lives in the swamps. Roads are good in the Western Highlands and buses and matatus connect most towns.
Mount Longonot is 2777m high and rises out of the Rift valley and has a distinct volcanic shape. The name comes from the Maasai world "olonong'ot" which means 'mountain of many spurs'. Whilst dormant the waters just a few thousand metres below the surface are over 300 degrees and one of the hottest on earth.
The climb up passes laval fissures and canyons and some game can be seen. The views of the rift Valley are spectacular. Mount Longonot is 60 km north of Nairobi on the old Naivasha – Nairobi road. From the park gate to the summit will take about 6 hours return. There are two campsites at the at the base of the mountain.
Nearly 1000 km from Nairobi on the Eastern shore of lake Turkana makes this a very remote National Park.Good for crocodile viewing in the lake and site of remains of homo erectus estimated to be 3,000,000 years old makes this area the "Cradle of Mankind".Turkana, Kenya
This reserve is 40km south of Mombassa and inland from Diani Beach. It consists of rolling hills and grasslands and was established to protect the Sable antelope. Good bird viewing and large concentration of Paleartic migrants.
There is a good chance that you will see leopards and almost certainly elephants. Forest walks are organised by KWS
starting at the Sheldrick Falls KWS office. Accommodation is available at Shimba Rainforest Lodge.
In the west of Kenya 190 km from Kisumu and 30 km from the shores of Lake Victoria a reserve created to protect the roan antelope.
Close to Thika and about 60km from Nairobi, Ol Doinyo Sabuk National Park is a forested hill that rises to 2146 metre. Driving to the summit is possible and on clear days good views of Mt Kenya will be seen.Nairobi, Kenya
Just 8 kms south of Nairobi. Both migratory and resident animals are observed but no elephants. Near the main gate is the Animal Orphanage. The main point of entrance to the National Park is through Main Gate where there is animal orphanage and Safari Walk which offers visitors an educational boardwalk. The park covers 117 sq km and has
recorded over 100 species of mammals and 400 species of birds.
Meru national park is 85 km east of Meru. It is a low lying semi arid park and has a good road system which makes for easy game drives. Meru is a quieter park than the others.
The Tana river is home to hippo crocodile and a variety of animals. This is one of the best Parks to see cheetah and lion. Elsa of "born free" was returned to the wild in Meru.
Access to the park is from Meru town or by regular flight from Nairobi. The ecosystem is open plains with rocky outcrops and reverie forest. Accommodation in Meru is available at Leopard Rock Lodge and Elsa's Lodge.