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Tsavo West National Park - Kenya

Tsavo West National Park - Kenya

"TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK - LAND OF LAVA,SPRINGS AND MAN-EATERS"

The joint mass of Tsavo West and Tsavo East National parks forms one of the largest national parks in the world and covers a massive 4%of Kenya’s total land area. Tsavo west ,the more famous of two ,lies to the west of the Nairobi-Mombasa road, equidistant between Nairobi and Mombasa, and is painted on a sprawling canvas of endless skies, emerald hills, liquid lava flows, palm fringed rivers, teeming wildlife and sparkling oasis set against the unforgettable backdrop of mile upon mile of cloud shadowed African savannah.

WHAT TO SEE

The Magical Mzima Springs

The lush , hippo-heaving pools of Mzima Springs,fed daily by 250 million litters of water gushing from the lava flows of the Chyulu hills provide an oasis of green, an underwater hippo viewing chamber, two nature trails and some unique picnic spots.

Ancient Lands of Lions And Lava

Tsavo achieved notoriety in 1898 when “the man-eaters of Tsavo”, a pair of rogue man-eating lions, preyed gruesomely on the builders of the Uganda Railway. Today the park is more famous for the numerous prides of mane less lions that patrol the plains and police the herbivore herds.

A Vibrant Volcanic Arena:

The molten lava that forms the Shetani Lava Flow spewed from the earth just 200 years ago and its fiery fury was thought by the local people to be the work of the Devil, hence its name which means “Devil’ in Swahili language. The Chaimu crater is an alternative volcanic arena(which can be climbed by those who feel fit enough), as are the imposing Ngulia Hills and the enchanting Chyulu Hills. Finally, the eerie ’Roaring Rocks’ are named after the buzz of the cicadas that inhabit them and the howl of the wind as it rushes past the sheer face of the scarp.

Glorious Game Drives:

Tsavo offers some of the most magnificent game viewing in the world-vast herds of dust-red elephant, fat pods of hippo, giant crocodile, teeming herds of plains game, a fantasia of bird life and some magical flora.You could also take in a visit to the Ngulia Rhino sanctuary where Tsavo’s growing population of endangered black Rhino are inching their way back from the chasm of extinction that was forced upon them by rampant poaching in the 1960’s.Alternatively you could explore beautiful Lake Jipe , which lies astride the Kenya-Tanzania border and is teeming with aquatic life .(Boat hire is available).Bird watching is also a major activity in the park.

 

FACT FILE OF TSAVO WEST 

  • Altitude: 150-1,800 meters above sea level.
  • Area: 9,065 squared. Kilometer.
  • Location: south- west Kenya. Inland from the coast .Distance from Nairobi: 232km(Mtito Andei Gate)325km(Voi Gate).
  • Gazetted: April 1948.
  • Climate: warm and dry.
  • Vegetation: The park features over 1000 plant species and a mixed habitat of bush ,grasslands, and acacia woodlands dotted with baobab , ivory palm ,saltbush, doum palm, tamarind and fig trees.
  • Fauna: Including elephant , rhino, buffalo ,lion ,leopard,crocodile, giraffe waterbuck,lesser kudu, gerenuk, zebra , hunter’s hartebeest, mongoose,hyrax, dik dik and the nocturnal porcupine
  • Birds: The prolific birds life features 600 recorded species.
  • Roads: The roads are well graded and maintained and signposted
  • By Air: There are several airstrips in the park

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