Tsavo West National Park is a popular safari destination on account of its magnificent scenery, Mzima Springs, rich and varied wildlife, good road system, rhino reserve, rock climbing potential and guided walks along the Tsavo River.

Distance: Located 240 km from Nairobi, 250km from Mombasa and covering an area of 9,065 square kilometers, Tsavo West National Park covers 30% of total Kenyan land under National Parks.

Tsavo West National Park’s landscape consists of open plains alternating with savannah bush and semi desert scrub, acacia woodlands, rocky ridges and outcrops and more extensive ranges and isolated hills; belts of riverine vegetation; palm thickets and on the Chyulu Hills, mountain forest.

Tsavo West National Park safari attractions

Tsavo West National Park is a popular Kenya safari destination on account of its magnificent scenery, Mzima springs, rich and varied wildlife, rhino sanctuary, good road system, rock climbing and guided walks potential along the Tsavo River. The Big Five can be found in the park along with a fine range of antelope species, elephants and a huge number of bird species. Other places of interest to visit include the Chaimu Crater and the Roaring Rocks.

Tsavo East National Park is located 333 km from Nairobi and approximately 160 Km from Mombasa, it is one of the largest national parks in Kenya.
The park contains some fantastic terrain, including rivers, lakes, tarns, glaciers, and peaks with a wide variety of vegetation, including grasslands, acacia vegetation, open plains and savanna. It is therefore recognized as one of the world’s leading bio-diversity strongholds. Some of the popular destinations within the park include the Mudanda Rock.

Kenya’s oldest and largest National Parks, Tsavo East National Park is a famous and home to some of the largest herds of elephant in Kenya, the elephants glow red after dust baths, blowing the vivid red dust through their trunks over their bodies, large prides of lion are sighted regularly and another great sight is the spectacular herds of up to 1000 buffalo.

Tsavo East National Park covers an area of about 11,747 sq and is located 333km south-east of Nairobi, and 173km north-west of Mombasa .Tsavo East National Parks consists mostly of miles and miles of dry flat thorn-bush, semi-arid acacia scrub and narrow woodland dominated by acacia.

There is a wide variety of animals to be seen in Tsavo East National Park: lion, leopard, cheetah, zebras, giraffes, serval cats, antelopes, kongoni, lesser kudu, oryx, klipspringer, impala, stripped hyena, gazelles, buffalos and elephants. Some 500 bird species have been recorded in the area, including ostrich and some migratory kestrels, while buzzards stop at Tsavo-East during their long flight South.

Safari Attractions in Tsavo East National Park

  • Lugard’s Falls is a series of rapids on the Galana River where crocodiles love to bathe.
  • Yatta Plateau is the world’s longest lava flow at 290km long.
  • Mudanda Rock is a 1.6km outcrop of rock, with a dam at its base. This is a popular drinking place for animals.
  • Aruba Dam also attracts animals and birds looking for a place to drink.

Tsavo East and the mane-less man-eating lions

In 1898, long before Tsavo National Park was created, a pair of maneless male lions terrorized the area. They reputedly killed 135 railway workers who were building the Kenya-Uganda railway. These man-eating lions dragged men from their tents, despite the thorn fences (bomas) built to keep them out. The maneless lions evaded traps and ambushes and were finally shot by Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson.