Tsavo National Park


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Red road, Tsavo East
Red road, Tsavo East
About Tsavo National Park
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Parks total area:
22,000 km² (8,306 miles²).
Year established:
1948
Anti-malarial:
Absolutely!
Park wildlife:
  • Grasslands and mountains
  • Rock climbing
  • Big five
  • June through October are the best times of year to visit

Established in 1948 and divided into Tsavo East National Park and Park Tsavo West National Park by road and railway is southeast Kenya’s Tsavo National Park. The park is the namesake of the Tsavo river, which flows from east to west within the park and beyond, and its two sections jointly comprise one of the world’s largest, most scenic national parks in Kenya, at 22,000 km² (8,306 miles²).


Tsavo East

Located east of Nairobi, Tsavo East is known for the biodiversity represented by its grasslands, savannah, waterfalls, rivers and inselberg. The Yatta Plateau—the world’s longest lava flow—forms the western boundary of the park; the visible strata of Mudanda Rock catch and cull water and wildlife; the Galana River conjures the white water rapids and crocodile-infested pools of the Lugard Falls; and Aruba Dam entices animal and bird. Elephant, dusted red by the park’s rich, rust-colored soil, are only one of the big five mammals that occupy Tsavo East—masai lion, black rhino, cape buffalo and leopard also homestead Tsavo East, as do hippopotamus and more than 500 species of bird.


Tsavo West

Tavo West, located 240 km (149 miles) from Nairobi, is wetter, more topographically diverse, and more often visited than its eastern counterpart, from the scenery of lake and spring to the park’s ascendable cliffs. The clear Mzima Springs, fed by clear water filtered through the Chyulu Hills’ volcanic rock, are rife with elephant, hippo, crocodile and endemic fishes that can be viewed under water. On the ground, the “big five” mingle with the inhabitants of the Tsavo West’s black rhino reserve; in the air fly the 300 m (984 foot) face of Kichwa Tembo and varied species of bird.

Game viewing, camping, trekking, mammal- and bird-watching are available on both sides of the park, though large parts of the park are closed to the public; for the experienced and daring, Tsavo West is known for its rock climbing.

When to is the best time of year to visit Tsavo East and Tsavo West?

Tsavo National Park is accessible year-round. The heavy rains occur between March and May; visibility and accessibility may be impaired during this time. 

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 25, 2016   |   Visited: Jan 2016.
While visiting Tsavo East and West for three days, we were really satisfied with the whole journey, the guide we used was very professional and knew a lot of the animals. The driver always drove good and secure. They took good care of us. We were also very satisfied with the lodges. Tsavo is a really exiting park and we promised ourselves that we will have to go ba... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Jul 31, 2015   |   Visited: Jun 2015.
Tsavo East National Park is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries known for the vast elephant herds and a variety of wild animals including lions, leopards, cheetah, giraffe, buffalo among other plains game.
Tsavo West National Park also offers tremendous views with diverse habitats, ranging from mountains, river forest, plains, lakes and wooded grassland. Its... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jun 05, 2015   |   Visited: Mar 2015.
Tsavo-East is recommended for photographers with its fabulous light and unbelievable views, in particular the Mudanda Rock and the Yatta Plateau, the world’s largest lava flow. Lugard Fall on the Galana River is remarkable for the shaped water-worn rocks. Game includes: elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, crocodile, waterbuck, kudu, gerenuk and zebra and Hunter’s Harte... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 12, 2015   |   Visited: Aug 2008.
To the south-west of Tsavo East National Park, and on the opposite side of the Trans-Africa Highway, you find Tsavo West National Park. This park is one of the greatest wildlife spectacles that this remarkable country has to offer. Even compared with the spectacular Masai Mara, the wildlife density at Lake Jipe (far to the south on the Tanzania border) is astoundin... read more
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(3/5 stars) Written on: Dec 16, 2014   |   Visited: Sep 2014.
Inside the park itself, Voi Rest House provides accommodation or, more commonly, is used as a lunch pit stop for the safari jeeps. It's a busy place at these times and there can be hundreds of people arriving fairly close to each other. Hotel provides an all you can eat buffet for this service.

Officially, this is outside the Tsavo NP and is on the route from Vo... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Oct 13, 2014   |   Visited: Oct 2013.
We just fell in love with Tsavo West. The arid scenery and the wildlife was off the charts. My next time in Kenya, a huge amount of it will be in Tsavo. We stayed at the Kilaguni Serena and the view was mind blowing. I can't say enough about this massive park. And no crowds which was a huge bonus. read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Aug 04, 2014   |   Visited: Jul 2014.
Tsavo National Park is the largest & most expansive park in Kenya.

It's famous for the man-eater lion of Tsavo and is a combination of Tsavo East & Tsavo West.

It's a must-see when visiting Kenya. read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jul 16, 2014   |   Visited: Jun 2014.
Tsavo east and west together form the largest wilderness reserve.
One of Tsavo's most interesting geographical feature is the Lugard falls where white water rages through a series of spectacular rock formations.
Not forgetting the volcanic Mzima springs, these natural springs produce 50 million gallons of fresh sparkling water daily.

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 07, 2014   |   Visited: Sep 2006.
The Tsavo National Park remains Kenya's largest and also one of the oldest. Once a mega park, it was later divided into West and East. The boundary lies closely along the Mombasa - Nairobi highway. The west remains the busiest through out the year. It bears the history of man-eating lions where many Indians were killed as they constructed the Kenya-Uganda railway. ... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 03, 2014   |   Visited: Jan 2014.
Tsavo National Park remains the largest park in Kenya; it is famous for the red elephants. Tsavo is divided into two sections: Tsavo East/Tsavo West.Tsavo West National Park is famous for the Mzima Springs,with its unique underwater hippo observatory. The "Big 5" African animals are well represented in these parks, as well as birds and other animals. From Lake Jipe... read more
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Safari suitability: 9 / 10
From red elephants and crocodile-infested pools to hippos bathing in crystal-clear springs, this enormous park proffers much
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