Tsavo West National Park

Tsavo West National Park

Tsavo West National Park

That Tsavo National Park, a vast arid region of 20,807 square kilometres (8,034 square miles), is Kenya’s largest wildlife stronghold established in 1948. This huge Park is made up of two Parks which are separate entities. The parks are Tsavo West National Park whose area is 7065 square kilometres (4,415 square miles), and Tsavo East National Park whose area is 13,747 square kilometres (8,592 square miles).

The park comprises of a diversity of habitats, open plains alternating with savannah bush and semi-desert scrub; acacia woodlands; rocky ridges and outcrops, and more extensive ranges and isolated hills. Lake Jipe is included in the extreme south-west of the Park, an extremely rich bird locality where Pygmy Geese and Black Heron are common. Not only is Tsavo National Park the largest protected area in Kenya, but it is also home to the country’s biggest single population of elephants, currently standing at 13,000.

The main attractions in Tsavo are dust-red elephants, Aruba Dam, Mudanda Rock, Yatta Plateau and Lugard Falls. The Park is popular because of the infamous Man Eaters of Tsavo.

Tsavo National Park, which lies roughly half-way between the coast and Nairobi, is bisected by the main Nairobi-Mombasa road and railway resulting to Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park. The Park is watered by two rivers; Tsavo River and Athi River. The two rivers unite above Lugard Falls to become the Galana River. Most of the Park is made up of basement gneisses and schists, but part of the western sector is of recent volcanic origin including the Chyulu Hills.

Here may be seen many lava flows such as Shetani, near Kilaguni Lodge. This volcanic zone also contains the famous Mzima Springs, where more than 250 million liters of sparkling crystal-clear water gush out daily from a lava ridge. Hippos and shoals of Barbel live in the springs and provide a dramatic spectacle. These aquatic beasts together with their scavengers may be watched from the lookouts or through the plate glass windows of the submerged observation chamber.

Best Time to Visit

Tsavo national park can be visited any time of the year through its good always to ...

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Tsavo is also a good place to see one of the most beautiful antelopes, the Lesser

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How to get there

Tsavo West national park is easily accessed by Road or flights. By road, the A109

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