Day 1: Nairobi- Chyulu hills.
Depart Nairobi around 08:00hrs, 3-hour drive down the Mombasa road will bring us to Kibwezi. Here we will deviate from the tarmac, and take a dirt road, for the 30 km to where we start walking to the caves. Picnic lunch of cold cuts, salads, bread and cheese, soft drink will be served. An hours walk will lead us to the entrance of the caves. The afternoon spent exploring. Dinner and overnight in fly camp.
Day 2: Chyulu – Caves.
Explore sections of one of the longest “Lava Tube” caves in the world – Leviathan. These caves, which world-wide, are relatively rare, are thought to have been formed when molten lava, of specific type and viscosity, flowed down a slope of a specific angle. The surface layer cooled and solidified, but the lower part, still molten, continued to flow on down. At this point, somewhere up the hillside, a collapse of the surface crust occurred through which air enters, and so a tube evacuated itself just below the surface. Afternoon and the evening spent down in the caves looking at some of the fascinating formations found therein – Sinkholes, lava ropes, stalagmites and stalactites, benches and of course the secondary, water formed features.
Day 3: Chyulu hills summit
After early breakfast, depart by road for the top of the Chyulu Hills. A superb walking country with gently undulating grasslands, interspersed with dense patches of forest. A possibility of viewing herds of eland and other antelope, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest with slightly lesser chance to see elephant, lion and buffalo and the other game that live in the area. The view of spectacular Mt. Kilimanjaro which is just 50 km away. Overnight in fly camp along the crest. Probably cool and windy with low cloud in the early morning.
Day 4: Trekking
A full day of walking
Day 5: Chyulu Hils – Nairobi
Early morning game drive or short walk before a late breakfast / early lunch. It’s then along the crest road and down the western side of the hills for the drive back to Nairobi arriving before nightfall.
Options are of course many and varied and in many cases, we can be flexible about the itinerary whilst we are actually on the safari. One may, for instance, wish to spend an extra day caving (or cut out a day), thus spend less time (or longer) walking the Chyulus. Itinerary may be varied from 3 – 7 or more days and is often combined with a visit to Tsavo / Amboseli National Parks.