Tsavo West National Park

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About Tsavo West National Park

Tsavo West National Park, nestled in Kenya’s Coast Province, occupies a sprawling expanse of approximately 3,000 square miles, making it a significant landmark in the region’s natural heritage. Its history, dating back to ancient times, reflects a tapestry of trade routes bustling with commerce in ivory, shells, and hides. Yet, one haunting tale etched in its chronicles is that of the infamous ‘Maneaters of Tsavo,’ two lions that terrorized railway workers in 1898.

Managed by the Kenya Wildlife Services since 1963, Tsavo West remains a jewel in Kenya’s array of national parks. Entrance into this wilderness costs USD52 for adults and USD35 for children, allowing visitors to explore its wonders from dawn till dusk.

Access to Tsavo West is convenient, whether by a scenic drive along the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway, a journey that takes around five hours from either city, or by a one-hour flight from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to various airstrips within the park.

The park’s climate exhibits seasonal variations, with moderate temperatures prevailing from June to September and warmer conditions from December to March. These climatic nuances offer diverse experiences for safari enthusiasts, with optimal game viewing recommended during the dry winter months.

For those seeking solitude amidst nature, timing their visit just before or after peak seasons in June or September proves ideal, ensuring fewer crowds while still enjoying favorable weather conditions.

Accommodation options within Tsavo West cater to various preferences, ranging from cozy tented camps to luxurious lodges, all providing access to the park’s abundant wildlife. Moreover, its proximity to Mombasa makes it an attractive destination for combining a safari adventure with a seaside retreat.

Wildlife sightings in Tsavo West are spectacular, with the renowned ‘Big Five’ making regular appearances alongside a rich diversity of plains game and over 400 bird species.

The park’s terrain is as diverse as its fauna, featuring expansive plains, marshlands, rocky formations, and volcanic craters, offering a picturesque backdrop for unforgettable safari experiences.

Game drives, typically conducted in 4×4 safari vehicles, allow visitors to traverse the park’s terrain in search of wildlife, while guided walking safaris offer a more intimate exploration of its natural wonders under the expert guidance of qualified guides.

Beyond wildlife encounters, visitors can engage in cultural excursions to local villages, support community initiatives, and explore iconic landmarks such as Aruba Dam, Lugard Falls, and Mubanda Rock, each offering unique perspectives on Tsavo West’s captivating landscapes.

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The best time to visit Tsavo West National Park is during the dry winter months from June to September for optimal game viewing with mild temperatures and fewer crowds.

 

Home of

Elephants, rhino, Hippos, lions, cheetah, leopards, Buffalos, diverse plant and bird species

Peak Time

Jul - Oct

Famous For

Diverse landscape

Best Time to Visit

Jul - Oct, Jan - Feb

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FAQs

The optimal time to embark on a safari with us is during the dry, winter season months between June and August. These months offer mild temperatures and abundant wildlife activity.

Prices for our safaris in Tsavo West National Park range from USD500 to over USD1000 per person sharing per night, depending on the chosen accommodation and experience level.

You have the option of traveling by road or air with us. By road, the journey from Nairobi or Mombasa takes approximately five hours along the A109/Nairobi-Mombasa Highway. Alternatively, a flight from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport is available, taking just under an hour.

Our safaris offer the chance to explore Tsavo West’s diverse landscape, which includes mountains, swamps, and open plains. With knowledgeable guides, you’ll encounter the “Big Five” and visit scenic spots like Poacher’s Lookout and Mzima Springs.

You’ll have the opportunity to spot predators such as lion, leopard, and cheetah, as well as majestic elephants and buffalo. Keep an eye out for wild dogs, giraffes, zebras, and lesser kudu among other plains game.

The gates of Tsavo West National Park open at 6:30 am and close at 7:00 pm every day, ensuring ample time for wildlife exploration during your safari experience.

Yes, we highly recommend pre-booking your accommodation within or near Tsavo West National Park to secure your stay. We suggest a minimum of two nights to fully immerse yourself in the park’s wonders.

A detailed answer to provide information about your business, build trust with potential clients, and help convince the visitor that you are a good fit for them.

Tsavo West is more topographically varied, while Tsavo East has vaster plains for game viewing.

Tsavo West features diverse landscapes like hills, volcanic cones, rivers, and Mzima Springs.

Yes, on a clear day, the summit of Kilimanjaro can be seen from parts of Tsavo West.

Yes, Tsavo is generally safe for visitors who follow park rules and guides’ instructions.

Yes, Tsavo West offers diverse landscapes and activities like rock climbing, hiking and birding.

Yes, both black and white rhino populations exist within Tsavo West.

Part of Tsavo’s over 12,000 elephant population roams in Tsavo West.  

Lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas are the main predators in Tsavo.

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