Tsavo West National Park
Altitude: 500 – 6,000 FT Opened – April 1948
Area: 9,065Sq. Kms Distance from Nairobi: 240-Kms: From Mombasa: 250-Kms
Tsavo West and Tsavo East takes a massive 4% of Kenya – forming one of the biggest
National parks in the world. Located in South Eastern Kenya, inland from Mombasa, 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 varied topography and a more diverse array of habitats than its neighbor.
Tsavo West National Park contains a diversity of habitats, wildlife and a mountainous scenic landscape. The park’s habitats include open plains alternating with Savannah bush and semi desert scrub, acacia woodlands; rocky ridges and outcrops and more extensive ranges and isolated hills; belts of riverine vegetation; palm thickets and on the Chyulu 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 a 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 Mt. 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.
Wildlife and Major Attractions
Tsavo West offers some of the most wonderful game viewing in the world and attractions include Lions, Rhino, Cheetah, Elephants, and buffalos. .
Recent volcanoes, lava flows and caves with potential for geological and cave exploration, and hiking. Mzima Springs & underwater hippo watching, Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, Lake Jipe, Mt. Kilimanjaro, diverse plant species. Temperature ranges from 20 – 30º C and rainfall from 200mm – 700mm. Two rainy seasons: Long rains – March/April & Short rains – Nov/December
Tsavo West has a wide range of accommodation in private owned Camps/Lodges which includes amongst others: Ngulia Safari Lodge; Kilaguni Safari Serena Lodge; Kitani Severin Safari; Camp/Lodge; Finch Hatton’s Tented Lodge and Voyager Safari Camp
For tailor made safaris to Tsavo West from Nairobi or Mombasa, please contact The Experts