Tsavo West National Park is well-thought-out to be a charming wilderness area, Tsavo features rugged beautiful wilderness and authentic African safaris with attractive Savannah ecosystem consist of of open grasslands, scrub lands, and Acacia woodlands, belts of riverine vegetation and rocky ridges together with the Poacher’s. It is a place where tourists can see the teeming herds in the plains below. Tsavo West offers some of the most magnificent game viewing in the world and attractions include elephant, rhino, Hippos, lions, cheetah, leopards, Buffaloes, diverse plant and bird species including the threatened corncrake and near threatened Basra Reed Warbler.
Tsava west National Park is one of the few national parks in Kenya where you get to see the Big 5 in a single day and its man-eating lions and enormous elephant populations made it well-known around the globe. Tsavo East is much more accessible, but Tsavo West is home to that underwater glass tank which provides a unique vantage point to get closer to hippos and crocodiles basking in its lazy waters. Every safari to the Tsavo is rich in history, culture and nature, and each experience feels incredibly unique, private and authentic. The best time to visit both parks is between the months of May to October.
Myths of man-eating lions made Save West National Park prevalent around the world in the early 19th century. Stories of how railway construction was paused shortly in the year 1898 spread far and wide and the war between man and beast that persisted for 9 months soon became a time to retire story, a story for the generations. With the war all but lost, the beasts withdrawn deep into the insides of the park and extensive poaching in the late 1900s all but annihilated the area’s wildlife. However, the national park has grown in leaps and bounds since and today; you get to see a spectacular diversity of wildlife here, minus the man-eating lions of course.
Tsavo West National Park is one of the largest national parks in Africa, a land that is full of natural springs, extinct volcano’s, liquid lava flows, vast swamps, rolling plains, palm-fringed rivers and untouched sceneries. Stretching over 9065 sq Kms. Tsavo West demands your time. It presents dramatic sights, excellent animal sightings and exquisite lodges, but don’t come here expecting to see everything in a day. You need to be patient with the park due to its sheer size, and you can be rest assured that your patience shall be always rewarded with some of the best animal sightings on the continent.
Most safaris in Tsavo West National Park concentrate around a 1000 sq. km area, the Developed Area. This area lies in the north and is home to some of the most well-watered soils and best landscapes that the national park has to offer. It hosts beautiful Savannah and woodland habitats and needless to say, animal sightings here are among the very best. The star attraction at Tsavo West is Mzima Springs. Its crystal-clear water filters through the volcanic rocks and is full of huge pods of hippos, numerous crocodiles and large schools of fish. The world-famous underwater chamber which lets you see crocodiles and hippos from up close is also located here.
If the thought of liquid lava flows felt exciting, you must visit the Shetani Lava Flow, the largest lava flow in the park. You can explore the numerous lava caves below the surface and stumble across remains of prey animals as well as predators that were trapped inside. Tsavo West National Park also hosts several volcanic cones, with the Chaimu Crater justified special mention. This is a nature trail that allows you to leave the confines of your safari vehicle, stretch your legs, hike to the summit and enjoy majestic views of the Developed Area.
Tourists wouldn’t want to miss out on sightseeing the Poacher’s Crow’s nest .This wooded area takes you on a beautiful drive through a curving track and presents wonderful slopes and special bush hikes. Tsavo West National Park is full of hilly landscapes therefore seeing wildlife can often prove to be hard, however don’t think that Tsavo West is missing wildlife. The park has allot to see. Some of the animals found in Tsavo West National Park include the lesser kudu, impala, gazelle, zebra, giraffe, rhino, buffalo, elephant, oryx, leopard, hyena, cheetah and the lion. A few lucky ones might also get to see the elusive black rhino. The park also presents beautiful birding opportunities and the white-headed buffalo weaver is one of the most noticeable species here. Lake Jipe is famous for being a paradise for bird lovers.
Tsavo East national park has got excellent rock climbing adventures, attractions of geological interest such as lava flows and underground caves, watch hippos bathe underwater, breathtaking game drives, home to the endangered black rhino, year-round explorations, well-maintained roads, Prolific bird-life Cons, scattered wildlife, Itineraries demand time and patience.
How to get there.
Tsavo is located just 240 km from Nairobi, 250km from Mombasa (Mtito Andei Gate).
- Roads: The main access routes are through Chyulu Gate from Amboseli and Mtito Andei Gate from Nairobi. The Park can also be reached via Taveta – Voi road through Maktau, Ziwani and Jipe Gates.
- By air: There are 3 airstrips in the park which include Kamboyo, Kilaguni, Tsavo Gate, Jipe, Kasigau,Finch Hottons, Ziwani, and Maktau airstrips are in good.
Tsavo West National Park – Best Season to Visit
Between the months of June to September is referred as the best time to visit the Tsavo West National Park. January and February are equally friendly. The temperature stays pleasing all over the day and cool at night and the animals tend to wander in the open looking for greener pastures. Bird lovers have to visit Tsavo West between Octobers to January. This is when most of the migratory birds visit the park.
- The scene Mzima Springs is the view of fifty million gallons of crystal clear water pouring out of from the under dry lava rocks, creating the most friendly and lovely scene in Africa
- A vibrant volcanic arena; molten lava that form Shetani lava spewed from the earth just about 200 years ago and its fiery fury was thought by locals to be work of the Devil.
- First World War Site-East African Campaign, Perhaps the most bizarre campaign of the world war was fought in the “Bundu” (Bush) – the barely explored wilderness of thorny scrub and dense forest of Tsavo west. This last ‘gentleman war’ was waged under the code of honor-
- Ngulia Sanctuary; this is where the growing population of highly scarce black rhino are creeping from gulf of destruction forced upon them by widespread poaching in the 1960s.
- Lake Jipe, lies across Kenya and Tanzania boarder and is teeming with aquatic life, Bird watching I also major activity around the lake.
- Ancient lands of Lions, in 1898 the Uganda railway construction was abruptly halted by the two of the most voracious and insatiable man-eating lions appeared upon the scene, and for over nine month waged intermittent warfare against the railway and all those linked with it in the area of Tsavo.
- Poacher’s Lookout and thriving rocks; the Park swarm the panoramic antiquated point from which to view the movement of the herds.
- Wonderful game drives; Tsavo west offers some of the most outstanding game viewing in the world.
- Kamboyo Guest House
- Lake Jipe Cottages
- Kamboyo Campsite
- Chyulu Campsite
- Lake Jipe
- Simba Campsite
- Royal Little
- Kudu Campsite
- Kenge Campsite
- Palm Tree Campsite
- Professional Campsite
- Ngulia Safari Lodge
- Kilaguni Safari Serena Lodge
- Kitani Severin Safari Camp/Lodge
- Finch Hatton’s Tented Lodge
- Voyager Safari Camp