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Vuria Hill

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Vuria hill of Taita Taveta rises above the plains of Tsavo West National Park, it's the highest peak of the Taita hills.

Located in Mwanda Mgange ward, Wundanyi constituency in Taita Taveta county, Vuria hill is an inselberg with an elevation of 2,228 meters above sea level. It Rises above the semi-arid plains of Tsavo West National Park, making it the highest peak of the Taita hills. The Taita Hills are tropical montane cloud forests forming the northernmost outlier of the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania and southeast Kenya. The hill is characterized by thick fog and a sharp drop in temperatures, especially at night.

Formation

Just like the other rest of the Taita hills Vuria hill were formed by a process of repeated uplifts and faults millions of years ago, causing the rising of the central plateau, also known as Kenya/Tanzania highlands.
Having been in isolation for millions of years, the plants and animals in Taita hills, have gradually evolved and produced very unique and complex biodiversity.

Attractions at at Vuria Hill

The caves

Nestled in the belly of the majestic Vuria hill is a series of gapping caves, that were once used by Mwangeka Wa Malowa a Senior Chief and a heroic Taita warrior who led the community’s resistance against British rule. Some of the caves served as armories, whereas others were used as living quarters. Today the caves are a significant cultural and spiritual site for the Taita community. A place where the remains of their elders have been preserved and the living can visit to offer sacrifices, ward off bad omen and invite blessings to the community.

Floral and fauna

Forests in Vuria hills are conserved and managed by Kenya Forest Service and are home to a variety of endemic and threatened flora and fauna including; birds, snakes, frogs, butterflies, and at least nine plant species.

Forests in Vuria hills are conserved and managed by Kenya Forest Service and are home to a variety of endemic and threatened flora and fauna including; birds, snakes, frogs, butterflies, and at least nine plant species.

Activities That can be enjoyed at Vuria Hill

Hiking & sightseeing

The roads are good, and the drive there is an attraction by itself with sharp corners that wind up the hill offering beautiful views of the lowlands.

Camping at Vuria Hill

Birding

Owing to its rich biodiversity the Taita hills’ forests are home to various species of birds including, Taita Apalis, Taita White-eye, and Taita Thrush that are endemic to Taita hills.
Other notable birds include Stripe-cheeked Greenbul, Taita Falcon, Grasshopper Buzzard, Madagascar Bee-eater, Lemon Dove, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Silvery-cheeked Hornbill, Orange Ground Thrush, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Evergreen Forest Warbler, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler, Yellowbill, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Brown-breasted Barbet, and Black-cheeked Waxbill.

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