Here’s what you should know when visiting Tsavo
Tsavo National Park
Tsavo National Park is Kenya’s largest National Park divided into East and West. The park is located around 250 km from Nairobi and 200 km from Mombasa.
It is mainly characterized by its large herds of elephants and fascinating landscapes. It also has the amazing Mzima springs, where crystalline water flows through the volcanic rocks which is also the main water supply to Mombasa.
Tsavo National Park is famous for it’s large herds of dust-red elephants.It is also known for the ancient man eaters lions in 1898 which killed a number of people when Kenya-Uganda railway was constructed.
Accessing Tsavo National Park
Tsavo East can be accessed through Manyani Gate, Voi Gate, Bachuma Gate and Sala Gate. Tsavo West can be accessed through Mtito Andei Gate, Man Eaters Gate, Chyulu Gate and one other near Maktau.
Park charges for non-residents is $30 for adults and $20 for children.
3 Airstrips are located in the park giving the tourists an ample time if they want to take local flights to nearby destinations.
A round road transport to Tsavo and through the park(s) option is also available.
Tsavo West National Park
It is distinguished by its wooden and hilly landscapes, dotted with volcanic cones and conspicuous black lava flows. Features in Tsavo West include Lake Jipe and Mzima Springs.
Tourists are taken down to witness legendary traditional caves and see firsthand the type of life features in them.
Prolific bird life features 600 bird species that grace the skies with their melodious sounds and colorful wings.
Other wildlife includes; Buffalo, Elephants, gerenuk, giraffes, hippos, lion, zebra, oryx, spotted hyenas, leopard, cheetah, and the stripped hyena.
A guided trip through the park enables tourists to come close to the wildlife and get to take clear pictures that will be forever remembered.
Accommodation in Tsavo West National Park
Chyulu campsite, Kudu campsite, Palm tree campsite, Royal little, Finch Hattons Luxury Tented Camp,Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge, Simba Campsite, Ngulia Bandas, Ngulia Lodge and Kenge Campsite.
There are also self-catering accommodation available located within the park which include the Kamboyo guest house and Lake Jipe Cottages.
The 1st world war site, East African campaign was fought in the “Bundu” meaning bush, the wilderness filled with thorns, scrubs and impenetrable forest of Tsavo West. This last ‘gentleman’ war was executed under morale principles or under guerilla tactics embraced from the tribal African fighters. A guided tour of the Craters, Kichwa Tembo and Mzima Fort will warrant you to trail the real footsteps of the war veterans.
Established in 1986, Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary is home to the endangered black rhino surviving extinction from poachers. Ngulia sanctuary is also a breeding ground that help boost other rhino sanctuaries and wild populations. In 2007 it was expanded allowing rhinos to roam with other wildlife.
Tsavo East National Park
Located near Voi Town in Taita Taveta County, Coast Province, in a Semi-arid area formerly known as Taru desert which was accessible in April 1948.
Mainly characterized by open dry plains and scattered bushes. Some features in Tsavo East include Yatta plateau and Lugard falls.
Nearly all Safaris occur in the South side of the park, South of the Galana River.The Northern region was inaccessible to the public for a long time but was recently re- opened mainly for adventurous explorers than game drives.
The park always feels like a big spectacle due to its huge diameter which compares to nine times the size of Maasai Mara.
Accommodation in Tsavo East National Park
The park has few camps and lodges, majority close to Voi in the West, near the Mombasa highway, which include; Desa Homes, Impala safari lodge, Maneaters, Ashnil Aruba Lodges, Voi Wildlife lodge, Kitani Safari Lodge, Salt lick Safari Lodge, Manyatta Camp, The Joy Hotel and Afrika Lodges.
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