Tsavo East and West

Tsavo National Park in Kenya. (17,543)

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Description

Tsavo National Park in Kenya consist of two areas Tsavo East and Tsavo West operated by Kenya Wildlife Service. Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and the largest National Park in Kenya. Tsavo East covers an area of 13,747 km2 and Tsavo West covers an area of 9,065 km2. The two areas are divided by a highway and a railway. Tsavo National Park borders the Chyulu Hills National Park and together with the adjoining protected areas and ranches, the area is better known as the Tsavo Conservation Area. The Tsavo River flows east from the western end of Tsavo National Park. The Tsavo River joins with the Athi River, forming the Galana River near the center of the park.

Tsavo National Park consist mostly of vast flat plain of sandy soil, thorn bushes and short grass. Tsavo National Park is also home to the compelling and iconic Baobab tree. The Baobab trees form an important habitat for many birds and insects. Hornbills are often using the Baobab tree holes for resting. The Big Five is present in Tsavo National Park and cheetahs are often to be spotted as well as all the plain grazers.

Tsavo East National Park is slightly larger than Tsavo West National Park and is generally more flat and with dry plains across. In Tsavo east you find the Yatta Plateau and Lugard Falls.

Attraction: Mudanda Rock

Mudanda Rock in Tsavo East National Park is a 1.6 km inselberg of stratified rock. Mudanda Rock provides fresh water for the wildlife below, especially during the dry season where hundreds of elephants and other wildlife come down to drink.

Attraction: Lugard Falls

Lugard Falls is a series of white water rapids on the Galana River and was named after Captain Frederick Lugard. He was the first proconsul to East Africa. Lugard Falls features eroded rocks where the water plunge into foaming rapids and pools infested with crocodiles.

Attraction: Aruba Dam

Aruba Dam is a beautiful dam located on the north bank of the Voi River in Tsavo East National Park. It is a great wildlife viewing spot since it attracts the local wildlife as well as water birds. The Aruba Dam was built in 1952 across the Voi River.

Attraction: Yatta Plateau

Yatta Plateau in Tsavo East National Park was formed by lava from Ol Doinyo Sabuk Mountain and has a length of approximately 300 km. It is the longest lava flow in the world and runs along the western boundary of Tsavo East National Park. The Yatta Plateau attracts migrating birds from all over the world and makes it a paradise for birdwatchers.

Attraction: Elephants in Eden

A sight of dust-red elephants rolling and spraying each other with water from the Galana River is an impressive sightings when visiting Tsavo East National Park.

Tsavo West National Park has a magnificent scenery, rich and varied with wildlife and a view to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. In Tsavo West National Park there are more mountainous with swamps and the Mzima Springs.

Tsavo West National Park is rich on bird life and large mammals such as the black rhinoceros, elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, cape buffalos and hippos.

Attraction: Mzima Springs

Mzima Springs is a magnificent sight and is a serie of four natural springs and with more than fifty million gallons of crystal clear water gushing out from the lava rocks. Mzima Springs is located 48 km from Mtito Andei. A natural reservoir under the Chyulu hills is the source of the Mzima Springs. Mzima Springs is one of Tsavo West National Park most popular wildlife attraction with resident population of crocodiles and hippos.

Attraction: Ngulia Sanctuary

Ngulia Sanctuary was established in 1986 and remains a stronghold and breeding ground for the unstable population of black rhinoceros. Ngulia Sanctuary 35 square miles fenced sanctuary protected by rangers from Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). It gives a place for researchers to monitor the vulnerable black rhinoceros population and give a more secure live for the rhinos.

Attraction: Lake Jipe

Lake Jipe in Tsavo West National parks is teeming with aquatic life and is a birdwatchers paradise. Lake Jipe is located south of the village of Nghonji and stretching across the border into Tanzania within the Mwanga District. The lake is well known for water birds, lake-edge swamps and wetland plants.


Wildlife

Tsavo National Park are famous for the Tsavo lions a population were adult males often lack manes entirely. The Tsavo lions range between Amboseli and Tsavo ecosystem. Tsavo is a birdwatchers paradise with more than 500 species registered including herons, starlings, kingfishers, hornbills, weavers, ostriches, buzzards, secretary birds and kestrels.

Tsavo ecosystem is home to a vast number of animals including Grevy’s zebra, cheetah, elephant, lion, baboon, cape buffalo, dik-dik, gerenuk, leopard, black rhinoceros, water buck and many more.


Travel


Lodges and camps

Finch Hattons Tented Camp

At the Finch Hattons Tented Camp you get an African experience in colonial fashion, and an elegance of style coupled with a passion for the wilderness. Finch Hattons Tented Camp is an eco-friendly accommodation encapsulated in enchanting surroundings and stunning view of Mount Kilimanjaro and the magnificent Chyulu Hills in the background. From your tent you can experience all the authentic sounds of the African wilderness.

Severin Safari Camp

Severin Safari Camp is located in the heart of Tsavo West National Park and only 30 minutes from the airstrip.It is a paradise amidst in the African wilderness where you can experience a unique combination of adventure and recreation. The Severin Safari Camp offers a first-class service and perfect mixture of relaxation and wildlife activities. From your tent you can experience the voices of the wilderness and the astounding array of colors at dawn and dusk in relaxed atmosphere.

Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge

Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge is located at the lee of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a classic stone-built lodge with its own water hole to attract wildlife, the water hole is visited daily by different kinds of animals including elephants and buffalos. The Safari Lodge features a central dining area and rock-built bar as well as a game viewing terrace overlooking the waterhole. Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge has ensuite rooms with their own verandas. The Safari Lodge offers game drives, guided bush walks and breakfast.