Kajiado County

Attractions in Kajiado County

44. Chyulu Hills

These are best seen along the 125 kms stretch of C102 Emali-Loitoktok Road. It travels parallel to A104 Kitengela-Namanga Road lying 42 kms away from it due west, and it terminates at Ilasit Border Point with Tanzania just 2 kms from Oloitoktok Town at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. The Chyulu Hills National Park, epitomized by the epic crest of the hillscape, plenty of game in its wooded savanna and variegated flora gamut that covers the peripheral region between Amboseli National Park and Tsavo East National Park.  The park itself mainly occurs on the eastern flanks of these hills, in Makueni County, and is operated by Kenya Wildlife Service. The western flanks of the Chyulu Hills, in Kajiado County, are occupied by sizable conservancies and Massai Group Ranches. The lower parts, on both side, are typified by expansive grassland while the higher reaches are dominated by woody thickets. “The western frontier of Chyulu Hills is part of the wildlife conservation region that includes luxury lodges owned by several Maasai Group Ranches with the money raised from tourism helping to maintain the environment and the rich Maasai traditions.” – Africa Geographic

45. Mbirikani Group Ranch

The 1,113 km2 Mbirikani Group Ranch, located in a second-to-none grandiose landscape – between Tsavo East and Amboseli National Parks, at the doorstep of the Chyulu Hills and with views of Mount Kilimanjaro – is a place of timeless beauty, that would be the envy of any top-tier safari destination. At the heart of Mbirikani Group Ranch is the exquisite Ol Donyo Lodge, one of only 15 Unique Lodges of the World in Africa by National Geographic – which goes a long way to caption the beauty of this area. Its other awards include The Safari Awards, Travel+Leisure and Robb Report. The Ranch is communally owned and run by 4,500 members of the Maasai Group Cooperative as a way to better manage the communal grazing land which also hosts varied wildlife. “On a hillside that rises above this arresting scene of Chyulu Hills is Ol Doinyo, a collection of thatched bungalows perfectly positioned to take in stunning natural displays” – Nat Geo.

Ol Donyo Lodge, Mbirikani Ranch. Image Courtesy of Game Watchers

46. Lake Chala

The enchanting colours of Lake Chala, glistening from a turquoise blue to jade green at different times of years, makes it one of the most phenomenal lakes in Kenya. Although still an untravelled destination, the 4 km2 Lake Chala set in a rocky crater at the border of Kenya and Tanzania has been described as a place of stellar tranquility and serenity. Popular things at Lake Chala include spotting its bountiful avi-fauna, swimming, fishing some of its endemic fish species and camping. A trip to this site is easily combined with a visit to Lake Jipe, found 35 kms south, through the Tsavo West National Park and where trippers can enjoy game viewing in transit. Lake Chala is found 19 kms south of Oloitoktok Town. There are two ways of getting to Tsavo East National Park from Oloitoktok: via Oloitoktok-Ilasit border through Tarakea, Mwikaa and Holili in Tanzania and back to Kenya via Taveta; or eastward heading via C103 Oloitoktok-Tsavo Road.

47. Crystal Caves at Lake Chala

“Missionary, Charles New, the first European to explore Lake Chala in 1871, was briefed by his guides to listen for the lowing of cattle, the crowing of cocks, the thudding of pestles and mortars and the grinding of flour mills which, they said, were the sounds of the people who lived in the crystal caves at the bottom of the lake. He was also warned to take care because sometimes the people at the bottom of the lake got lonely and came up to look for company.” Lumo Wildlife

48. Selengai Stones and Wells

Little is known and even less written about the Selengai Stones and Wells, yet, these are disconcertingly listed as a National Monument. Look where you may, but this twin sites are more phantom than reality. The only information to go by about Selengai is that they were both gazetted as a National Monument in 1935.