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Tsavo west visit

Views: 306 Visited: Apr 2013 Reviewed: Dec 24, 2013

The journey started from the Kenyan Capital Nairobi through Nairobi-Mombasa Highway to Mtito-Andei town. As I entered the park I was welcomed by thickets of Acacia trees. The roads here are not tarmacked but they are smooth.
I stayed at Serena Kilaguni Lodge where I had booked my reservation for two days stay.
The top attraction here is the Mzima Springs. It is located about 30 miles from Mtito-Andei, the entrance to the park. It is because of its beautiful scenery which makes it the biggest attraction in Tsavo West. Mzima springs gets its waters from reservoirs under the Chyulu hills to the north and the freezing aspect of this springs is also believed to be fed by 250 million litres of meltwater from snows of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Sceneries such as uneven chunks of solid magma best known as “Shetani lava flows” a black lava flows of 8km long, 1.6km wide and 5 meters deep, made my visit more interesting. This remains of volcanic eruptions which were subject of tales among local communities who named the flow “Shetani” meaning evil in Swahili after it spewed from the earth just about 240 years old. I also got the chance to explore the caving at the Shetani caves found near the flows.
The 70 sq. km one meter high electric fenced Rhino sanctuary at Ngulia, is another spectacular scene I enjoyed during my tour. This sanctuary is the home of the famous black rhinos. There are other panoramic sceneries which made my visit memorable like an idyllic view across the pristine Tsavo-west, rock climbing at Chaimu and Ngulia hills, game viewing and guided walks through the park.
The wildlife there is amazing. I didn't miss the Masaai Giraffe, several species of birds, rhinoceros, Cosen's gerbil, Hunter's hartebeest, several species of shrew and rat, Grevy's zebra, wild dogs, lions and elephants. Actually it was worth every thing for me to have made this visit which will always remain in my memory.

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