Explore Tsavo West National Park : The Tsavo West National Park is section of one of the largest wildlife conservancies on the planet, as well as one of Kenya’s largest wildlife national parks. It is well known for its resident population of Red Elephants as well as the tale of the Tsavo Man-eaters. It is among the best wildlife destinations to visit on your Kenya safari with remarkable views of wildlife. Although this park has a huge number of wildlife living it its diverse habitats, its thick vegetation as well as sheer land size make it more challenging to view game. Consequently, this park is less popular among tourists to Kenya in comparison with Amboseli national park and the Maasai Mara national reserve.
Tsavo West National Park is a very large conservation area, so for reasons of good administration, it was divided into 2 national parks: Tsavo West and Tsavo East national parks. This park is situated in southeastern Kenya approximately 150 miles / 240 kilometers along the highway to the coastal Mombasa from the capital Nairobi.
Tsavo West National Park experiences an average climate since it is located near to the equator. Temperatures range between 20°C and 30 °C, with 2 wet seasons. The long rains start in March to April while the short rains begin in November through December.
Tourist attractions in Tsavo national park
- Enjoy walking safaris and explore the beautiful Chaimu volcanic-crater
- Enjoy an adventure at the Mzima Springs for a unique viewpoint of crocodiles and several Hippos
- Visit the Shetani flow where back in time a volcano erupted forming a river of magma which eventually hardened
- Game drives
- Bush walks
- Rock climbing (arranged with permission from the park management)
The Safari experience in Tsavo West National Park
Tsavo west area is renowned for the Man-eaters of Tsavo these were two (2) maneless Lions, which developed a love and desire to prey on humans back in the early 1900’s. Although they were shot, they had killed about 130 people that were constructing the railway line connecting Mombasa and Nairobi. Additionally, it was the main battlefield between the Germans and the Britons in the course of World War I.
Currently the area is more peaceful, and is now famous for its resident Red-colored Elephants, that enjoy to dust-bathing in the red colored soil. There are a number of geologically fascinating features that were formed because of volcanic activity in the park.
The park is huge and its wildlife is dispersed across its terrain, which in the end requires explore the park for several days to best appreciate its wildlife.
Walking safaris are another amazing way of exploring Tsavo National Park, the stunning terrain and the Shetani Lava flow, and the Shetani Cave.
Enjoy Boating safaris conducted on Lake Jipe while adventurous holidaymakers can go rock climbing at Tembo Peak.
Visit the beautiful Mzima Springs one of the main water sources in the park that produces 350 million-liters of fresh water daily
How to access Tsavo national park
By road, the key access routes will get you to Chyulu Gate if coming from Amboseli National Park, or Mtito Andei Gate when traveling from the capital Nairobi. Those from Mombasa can use Tsavo Gate found close to Manyani.
By Air, Tsavo West National Park has three airstrips and these are at: Ol Donyo Wuas, Kilaguni and at Finch Hattons although a number f private lodges also have their own airstrips