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Tsavo national park is divided into 2 - Tsavo East and Tsavo West. Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya at 13,747 sq km. It is situated in a semi-arid area previously known as the Taru Desert. It borders the Chyulu Hills National Park and the Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania. Tsavo East is generally flat with dry plains. Tsavo West National Park is located in the Coast Province of Kenya with an area of 9,065 sq km. Tsavo West is more popular with tourists to Kenya due to its magnificent scenery, Mzima springs, varied resident wildlife, rhino reserve, rock climbing and guided walks along the Tsavo River. Research has shown that late Stone-Age archaeological sites have been found close to river Galana. In 1898 two "man-eating lions" terrorised the Kenya railway construction crew. The 2 lions had already killed a total of around 130 Indian workers by the time they were shot dead by Colonel Patterson. This is part of the rich historical background you will find when you visit Tsavo.
Visit Tsavo and you will not be disappointed !.
Tsavo National park is a popular tourist destination due to its diverse wildlife. In Tsavo you will spot the famous 'big five' consisting of lion, rhino, buffalo, elephant and leopard. There are about 675 lions in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem. Other wildlife you may spot include: aardvark, baboon, bat, buffalo, bush baby, bushbuck, caracal, wildcat, cheetah, civet, dik-dik, hunting dog, dormouse, blue duiker, bush duiker, red duiker, eland, elephant, bat-eared fox, greater galago, gazelle, large-spotted genet, small-spotted genet, gerenuk, giraffe, hare, springhare, hartebeest, hunter hartebeest, hedgehog, spotted hyena, striped hyena, rock hyrax, tree hyrax, impala, black-backed jackal, side-striped jackal, klipspringer, lesser kudu, leopard, lion, banded mongoose, dwarf mongoose, Egyptian mongoose, marsh mongoose, slender mongoose, white-tailed mongoose, black faced vervet monkey, Sykes monkey, oryx, otter, pangolin, porcupine, rat, giant rat, mole rat, ratel, bohor reedbuck, rhino, serval, elephant, squirrel, suni, warthog, waterbuck, zebra among others.
Over 500 bird species have been recorded in this area. Bird species found here include: ostriches, kestrels, buzzards, starlings, weaver birds, kingfishers, hornbills, secretary birds, herons, black kite, crowned crane, lovebird and sacred ibis among many others.
• Mudanda rock - It is a 1.6 km inselberg of stratified rock that acts as a water catchment that supplies a natural dam below. The rock offers an excellent vantage view point for hundreds of elephants and other wildlife that come to drink during the dry season.
• Yatta Plateau - It is the world's longest lava flow that runs along the western boundary of the game park near Athi River. It is 290 km in length and was formed by lava from Ol Donyo Sabuk mountain.
• Lugard Falls is a series of white water rapids on river galana.
• Aruba Dam was built in 1952 across river Voi to act as a water reservoir. The dam attracts many animals and water birds within its vicinity.
Visitors to the park can find different types of accommodation according to their budget ranging from lodges, tented camps and open-air camping sites. Accommodation include:
• Kilaguni Safari Serena Lodge - The lodge offers 56 rooms which are all non-smoking.
• Voyager Ziwani Safari Camp - It offers 25 tents of which 5 are deluxe tents.
• Voi Wildlife lodge - The lodge can accommodate up to 300 guests comprising: double and twin rooms, triple rooms, standard and luxury suites.
• Sentrim Tsavo.
• Ashnil Aruba Lodge.
• Ngulia Safari Lodge.
• Kitani Severin Safari Camp/Lodge.
• Ashnil Aruba Lodge.
• Ashnil Aruba Lodge.
• 2 KWS self-catering banda sites.
• 9 campsites.
• Assorted picnic sites .
• Kamboyo Guest House • Lake Jipe Cottages.
• Kamboyo Campsite • Chyulu Campsite • Lake Jipe • Simba Campsite • Royal Little • Kudu Campsite • Kenge Campsite • Palm Tree Campsite • Professional Campsite.
Park entry: The park is open daily from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Entry on foot is prohibited and visitors are turned away after 6:15 pm.
Entry to the park is by smart card only, obtained and loaded at the main gate.
Tsavo is a beautiful rugged wilderness. It is a savannah ecosystem comprising open grasslands, scrublands and Acacia woodlands to the East and rocky ridges such as 'Poachers lookout where visitors can see the teeming herds of wildlife in the plains below to the West. The park offers the most magnificent game viewing experience in the world due to its size and number of wild animals that survive here. Main attractions include: spoting elephants, rhinos, hippos in an underwater tank, lions, cheetah, leopards, buffalos, reptiles, birds, insects and the diverse plant life. The soil is red due to its history of massive lava flows.
• Mzima Springs – is a series of natural springs and pools famous for its hippo and crocodile populations.
• Shetani lava flows - It is an explorer's paradise full of caves and hidden treasures of history.
• Man-eaters lodge - A typical Tsavo man-eaters safari will pass through the man-eaters lodge for lunch and a short stopover for you to pay your respects and to learn about the man-eating lions that terrorised the Kenya-Uganda railway construction workers in the early 1900’s. The two known lions killed over 130 railway workers and many movies such as ‘The ghost and darkness’ have been filmed to capture the moment and in remembrance of those who lost their lives by being killed and eaten by lions.
• Sheldrick’s Elephant orphanage Ithumba unit provides you the opprtunity to see the tender loving care given to baby elephants that have lost their mothers to poachers. Visitors can be able to play with them and feed them with milk. Visiting the orphanage is by invitations only. You will therefore be required to adopt a baby elephant before you embark on your trip if this noble cause picks your interest.
• Lugard’s falls – This is the place where the river disappears into a rocky grove. One can stand astride the two rocks.
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• By Road: The park can be reached through many gates depending on the direction one is coming from. Gates include: Tsavo, lake Jipe, Mtito Andei, Chyulu, Maktau and Ziwani among others.
The main access routes are through Chyulu Gate if coming from Amboseli and Mtito Andei Gate if coming from from Nairobi. Visitors from Mombasa can use Tsavo Gate near Manyani. The game park can also be reached through Maktau, Ziwani and Jipe Gates from Taveta-Voi road.
• By Air: Airstrips include: Kamboyo, Kilaguni, Tsavo Gate, Jipe, Kasigau, Finch Hottons, Ziwani and Maktau.
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Park charges are based on " " Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) tariffs which are reviewed from time to time. The rates we have quoted here are for information purposes and are indicative of the likely park charges you can incur. They are approximate. However please note that if you have booked a complete wildlife safari package with us, park charges are included in the total cost of your safari at the time of booking. Therefore you need not worry about park entry fee!
• Never get out of the vehicle except at designated spots if you are on a safari.
• Do not harass the animals in any way.
• Keep to the tracks and no off-road driving is allowed.
• Animals always have the right of way.
• Tsavo is dusty and sunny so be sure to carry sun shades and appropriate clothing.
• The park accepts Safari Cards.
• Park Entry Fee are based on KWS Tarrifs.
• There are a few commercial airstrips around the park.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Scheduled local flight services to Tsavo are available from Nairobi's Wilson Airport.