“Land of Lava, Springs, Man-Eaters & Magical Sunsets”
The Tsavo West park is 9,065 square kilometres and is one of Kenya’s largest national parks. Everything about Tsavo West parkland is extreme and placing.
The contours and style of its land, the deep colours of desert, sky, and springs, and also the surprise of wildlife coming from the scrub.
The park is the sits on a large panorama of Savannah with dark volcanic lava beds. With the remarkable views, ancient baobab trees, and luxurious oases fed by underground springs.
Africa’s “big five” can be found here within the dense foliage searching for game and sustenance as they have for millions of years.
The celebrated Tsavo lions and herds of red dirt elephants are unique to Tsavo West.
Tsavo hosts one of Kenya’s largest elephant population alongside the Amboseli National Park. Keep your eyes open for giraffes as they feast on the treetops, not surprisingly the buffalo, leopard, and rhino particularly reside at the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, around eighty of those vulnerable creatures live protected here.
Of course, as you tour the park along with your professional guide, you’re certain to spot a number of the park’s smaller treasures bushbaby, hartebeest, dik-dik, lesser kudu, antelope, and generuk.
There are a lot of monkeys in Tsavo West. The many acacia trees in the park are used by the baboons and vervet monkeys as a playground. They are always ready to entertain visitors with their antics. This park is full of surprises and the arid grassland gives way to the paradise of Mzima Springs. You can drive to spectacular viewpoints at Chyulu Hills such as Poachers lookout where you will see the most unforgettable vistas and also the view of the amazing snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro in a distance. There is no other park in Kenya that offers such good opportunities for rock climbing. Scale Kichwa Tembo, the Great Tsavo Chimney, or the Ivory Tower on Elephant Rock and be rewarded with incredible vistas of the savannah below.
The park is in southeast Kenya between Nairobi and Mombasa. It’s very close to the beaches of the Kenya Coast When to go: The park is an all-year-round and easily accessible. Best time to visit: It depends.
If you like your scenery greener (as opposed to browner), you desire the best views of Kilimanjaro and the finest bird viewing, then choose the wet season (October to May). But if larger wildlife watching is your thing the best time to visit is in the drier months. The animals are easier to spot as they venture to the rivers and watering holes.
Things to do and see
- Shetani lava Flow
This hardened lava flow is only a few hundred years old. Shetani is the Kiswahili word for ‘devil’. When villagers saw the flaming lava erupting from the earth, they imagined it was the coming of the devil into their world.
- Bird watching
Over 600 types of birds have been spotted in the park. The area is a feast of migratory birds such as African skimmers, goshawks, and palm nut vultures. Some more familiar species such as ostriches, buzzards, kingfishers, hornbills, and herons are also plentiful here.
Other treats like the Golden-breasted starling and orange-bellied parrot can be spotted as well. Roaring Rocks Named for the persistent whistling of the wind and the constant buzz of nearby cicadas, this outcropping is an easy climb and a wonderful place to spot eagles and other birds of prey cruising nearby.
- Mzima Springs
Perhaps the most special locale in the park, this lush spring is fed by over 200 million litres of clear water daily. Mzima means “life” in Swahili and this life-sustaining oasis attracts a rich assortment of elephants, hippos, crocodiles, zebras, and other wildlife to its raffia palm.
We at Asili Adventures Safaris & Travel Ltd. have a compilation of ideal safari packages that take you past the Tsavo West National Park.
Some of the Tour packages include:
- 6 Days Amboseli, Tsavo West / Tsavo East / Mombasa Luxury Lodge Safari
- 15 Days Kenya & Tanzania Lodge Safari
- 8 Days Best of Kenya Wildlife Safari
Asili Adventure Safaris & Travel Ltd. is also willing to customize your safari to suit your requirements. Feel free to contact us for any further inquires or safari customization.