TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK

Tsavo West National Park

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Name: Tsavo West National Park
Country: Kenya

Tsavo West National Park covers approximately 30 per cent of Kenya’s park area, and contains a diversity of habitats, wildlife and a mountainous scenic landscape. The park is a vast expanse of savanna stretching from Mtito Andei, along the Mombasa-Nairobi road and south to the Tanzanian border. The north-eastern boundary along the highway adjoins Tsavo East National Park, but Tsavo West has a more diverse array of habitats than its neighbor.

The park’s habitats include open plains alternating with savannah bush and semi dessert scrub, acacia woodlands; rocky ridges and isolated hills; belts of riverine vegetation; palm thickets and on the Chuylu hills, mountain forest. There are numerous rocky outcrops and ridges and part of the park, towards the Chyulu Hills, is of recent volcanic origin with lava flows and ash cones including the Shetani lava flow, an example of recent volcano.

In the far south-western corner on the Kenya, Tanzania border is lake Jipe, part of which is in the park. This very attractive lake is fed by runoff from Mount Kilimanjaro and the North Pare mountains. At Mzima Springs, in the North of the park, water that has filtered underground from the Chyulu Hills gushes from below a lava ridge into a series of clear pools.

Visitors have an opportunity to view animals under water through a glass house, man eaters-caves where 2 lions were shot in Tsavo West by Col. Patterson, railway bridge forms boundary.

Location
South Eastern Kenyan, Inland from Mombasa

Distance from Nairobi
232 km

Size
9065 km

Climatic Conditions
Temperature ranges from 20-30 degree celcius and rainfall between 200 and 700 mm. Two rain seasons: long rains in March and April and short rains – November and December.

Major Attractions
Recent volcanoes, lava flow and caves with potential for geological and cave exploration, and hiking. Mzima Springs and underwater hippo and fish watching, Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, Lake Jipe, Mount Kilimanjaro, elephant, diverse bird and plant species.

Wildlife
Leopard, cheetah, wild cogs, buffalo, rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, plains game, crocodile, mongoose hyrax, dik-dik, prolific birdlife features 600 recorded species.

Getting There

By Roads: The main access routes are through Chyulu gate from Amboseli and Mtito Andei Gate from Nairobi (240 km) and Mombasa. Visitors from Mombasa also use Tsavo Gate near Manyani. The park can also be reached via the Taveta - Voi road through Maktau, Ziwani and Jipe gates.

By Air: Kamboyo, Kilaguni, Tsavo Gate, Jipe, Kasigau, Finch Hattons, Ziwani and Makatu air strips are in good condition.

Accommodation
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge, Ngulia Lodge, Severin Safari Camp, Finch Hattons

Best time to visit
All year round

Activities

  • Boat excursion at Lake Jipe
  • Bird watching at Lake Jipe
  • Annual bird ringing at Ngulia Lodge
  • Hill and Rock climbing at Chaimu and Ngulia Hills
  • Caving at Shetani Caves

Tsavo West National Park

Kilaguni Serena Safari lodge

Located on a ridge that commands magnificent sweeping views of the Chyulu Hills at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro, Kilaguni was the first lodge ever to be built in a National park way back in 1962. It is ...

RHINO VALLEY LODGE

Set against the backdrop of the rugged but scenic Ngulia Hills, Rhino Valley Lodge offers the most idyllic view of the pristine Tsavo West National Park that teams with the thousands of Savannah wildl...

SEVERIN SAFARI CAMP

Severin Safari Camp is located in Tsavo West National Park, the biggest game reserve in East Africa about 250km from Mombasa and Nairobi. It offers a view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, an unparalleled natural s...

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