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Tsavo West National Park - Ancient Land of Lions and Lava
 
Attractions in Tsavo West National Park
Mzima springs  is an oasis at the heart of Tsavo West National Park. The pure water of the three Mzima's pools filtered by the porous sponge-like rocks of the Chyulu and the Shetani lava flow brings life to an unique ecosystem. With a daily supply of more than 250 millions liters of fresh water, the pool provides a heaven for fishes, birds, monkeys, crocodiles and hippos. There is underwater viewing tank build to allow visitors to watch hippos and fish. Picnic spots available around Mzima Springs.
Climbing the Roaring Rocks will give you magnificent panoramic views over the Rhino valley and the Ngulia Hills. The Roaring rocks, located near the Rhino Sanctuary in Tsavo West, has been for long an observation point for the protection of black rhinoceros and the fight against poaching. The eerie Roaring Rocks are named after the buzz of cicadas that inhabit them and the howl of wind that hits the bare rocks by producing a roaring sound.
The Shetani Lava Flow is a black lava 8 km long, 1.6 km wide and 5 meters deep, is the remain of volcanic eruptions which were subject of tales among local communities who named the flow "shetani" meaning evil in Kiswahili after it spewed from the earth just 240 years old. Climbing the flow is not an easy task as the thick black soil is composed of uneven chunks of solid magma. The Shetani Cave, located near the center of the outflow, has two large opening and one ancient tree is growing between them. Although the cave is only few meters long, the exit is not accessible (although it can be seen) as the place is too narrow.
Chaimu Crater - devil's crater in Kamba (a language spoken by the natives) is another attraction in Tsavo West National Park. This is a tall rising hill clad in the brighten black color of the lava stones. There is a track leading to the top. At the top of the Chaimu crater, the view is breathtaking. Note that Chaimu Crater is also called Chaimu Hill.
Rhino Sanctuary At the base of the Ngulia Hills, is a fenced area established to protect and conserve the rare black rhinoceros and is now a sanctuary to more than 50 rhinoceros. The sanctuary can be visited by car as few roads are crossing the reserve and black rhinoceros are often seen in the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary among other animals
Game Viewing: Tsavo West National Park offers magnificent game viewing with large herds of dusty-red elephants, hippopotamus, giant crocodiles, black rhinoceros and African buffalos, lion, cheetah, and leopard. The "big five" can be seen in Tsavo. Other animals commonly seen in the park are zebra, antelopes and gazelles, the mongoose, the hyrax, the dik-dik and the lesser kudu. Birdlife is abundant as more than 600 species of bird have been recorded
Another Attraction in Tsavo West National Park is the Poacher's Look out; a fine observation point of the park with panoramic views of the park. The lookout faces Mount Kilimanjaro and the best time to go there is early in the morning. A small rush-roofed hut sits on the top of the hill which was used in the past by K.W.S. Rangers to fight poaching.
The Man-Eaters of Tsavo: In 1895, the construction of railway going from Mombasa to Kampala (Uganda) began. It took 8 years to complete the work. In the summer of 1898, the construction of the railway suddenly stopped at the Tsavo river area because of man-eating lions attacks. It is believed that at least 100 peoples were victims of the devil lions. workers abandoned the task for fear of their lives. Colonel  John H. Patterson, a British Chief engineer of the bridge over the Tsavo river, attempted night after night to kill the mane-less lions by creating special traps, using poison and maintaining 24-hours watch. The Colonel killed the first lion on night of December 10. It measured nine feet, eight inches (3 m) from nose to tip of tail and it took eight men to carry the carcass back to camp. Eighteen nights later, on December 29, he killed the second man-eater lion and life returned to the rail camps. No one knows why an animal can become a man-eater. Some believe that the dead workers left along the railroad gave an opportunity to become accustomed to human flesh. The two mane-less lions are in the Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago, Illinois) as Patterson sold to the museum the lion skins and skulls. The story f J.H. Patterson continues to capture the imagination today and has been made into a motion picture twice: Bwana Devil in 1952 and The Ghost and the Darkness in 1996.
 
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4 Days Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru Safari
The 4 Days Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru Safari from Nairobi is one of the best safari programs from Nairobi! A visit to Kenya's jewel park - the modern seventh wonder of the wonder of the world an to The Bird watchers paradise as satisfying as a 12 days safari can be! Bonus on this is a Giraffe Centre and KarenBlixen Museum Tour
 
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A Description of Tsavo West National Park
Tsavo West National Park, covering an area of about 9,065 sq. km, holds a wide range of habitats, wildlife and a young mountain scenery unique in Kenya, spectacular showcase of recent geological activities.

This vast expanse of savannah, lying equidistant between Nairobi and Mombasa and linked with Tsavo East National Park along the Mombasa Road, is a vibrant volcanic arena painted by green hills, lava flows, springs and large permanent rivers.

Tsavo West, far more varied topographically than its neighbour Tsavo East, is the more famous of the two parks, which forms, with the adjacent Chyulu Hills National Park, one of the largest national parks in the world.
 

Tsavo West's Tsavo River Gate along the Nairobi - Mombasa Highway

Welcome to Tsavo River Gate of Tsavo West National Park

With the Kilimanjaro sitting on its flank, this recent volcanic area abounds in hills/moutains (like the Chyulu or Ngulia hills and Chaimu crater), in lake/rivers/springs (Jipe lake, Tsavo river and Mzima springs) and other geological particularities such as lava flows (Shetani flow), caves (Shetani caves) and outcrops rock and ridges (Roaring rocks). All these landmarks and nature treasures erupted millions years after the energic shake up of the earth of Tsavo.

4 Days Tsavo East, West and amboslei Safari - with a bonus 1 day Mombasa City Tour - Inquire Now
This safari give you the ultimate time to enjoy and explore the Combined parks of Tsavo East and West and the Amboseli national Park. Departs daily with a minimum of 2 people. Accommodation will be in a luxury lodge or tented camp of your choice or  our recommended lodges. Please inquire with us

Unknown by major tour-operators due to its large size and therefore a smaller concentration of wildlife compared with other parks (although wildlife and birdlife is abundant), Tsavo West is an excellent place for visitors who enjoy walking and who have time to spend days visiting the surroundings and the diverse habitats that the park provides. : open plains with scattered savannah bushes and semi desert scrub, acacia woodlands, rocky ridges and outcrops and isolated hills, riverine vegetation, palm thickets and on the Chyulu hills, montane forest.

The park has also an important history : first, for its cruel "Man-Eaters of Tsavo" story secondly, for being a major battle field in WWI where British and German troops battled for territory.

The combined area of Tsavo East and West National Parks is  one of the world's largest game parks  and was gazetted as Kenya's second national park, two years after Nairobi National Park. There are only two permanent rivers in this vast area, the Tsavo River, which begins its life on Mount Kilimanjaro and is greatly supplemented by a huge underground river flowing from Mzima Springs and the Athi in Tsavo East, which begins near Nairobi.


Tsavo River fringed with riverine forest and Doum palms

The endlessly bubbling crystal-clear Mzima Springs

Tsavo West National Pak has more than 2,000 kilometers of well maintained, all weather, roads. Good signposting leading the visitor from one natural wonder to another.

Chief among Tsavo West National Park's attractions is the Mzima Springs, replenished with two hundred and twenty million liters of crystal-clear water every day, from the underground streams stemming from the Chyulu Hills, 40-50 kilometers away. Mzima forms a haven for a rich wildlife pageant with elephant soaking half immersed in the waters, light footed but ponderous looking hippo, apparently weightless, tip-toeing across the bottom, crocodiles basking on the bank or swirling through the water; gazelles, zebra and giraffe wandering around the banks through the thick acacias and raffia palms together with hundreds of chattering monkeys and birds.

Mzima is also the main source of Mombasa's water supply. There are well-marked nature trails, an observation platform and an underwater glass tank, which provides a special vantage point to view this remarkable oasis. Not far from Mzima Springs, along a well-marked track, lies the precipitous magnificence of the Ngulia escarpment at the foot of the Ngulia Hills, which rise to 1,825 meters. Each year from late September to November, Ngulia has become the base of a unique phenomenon. Attracted by the lights of Ngulia Lodge, thousands of migrant birds descend through the mists, which are prevalent at this time of the year to be netted, ringed and released. It has become one of the bird wonders of the world and provides vital information on the migratory routes and the habits of many species common to the northern hemisphere.
 


Giraffe against a backdrop of Hills in Tsavo West National Park

All beauty and splendour

Tsavo West National Park's reports of ringed birds have been received from as far north as Saint Petersburg, and from countries as widely separated as Oman. Apart from the elephant population there are many lions - some undoubtedly the descendants of the infamous Man-eaters of Tsavo. Among the less common animals to be found are the fringed-eared Oryx, the gerenuk and lesser kudu. The carnivores in addition to lion include serval car, hyena, leopard cheetah and caracal.

Tsavo West National Park's landscape is dominated, especially off the hills by the giant baobabs, a tree species that is reputed to live a thousand years. After the rains, Tsavo West National Park is showered with white and pink ipomea, the morning glory family, and the acacia trees are festooned in feathery masses of white and pink blossom. The desert rose, somewhat like a miniature baobab, produces fuschia-pink flowers of striking beauty at almost any time of the year. The first lodge inside Tsavo West National Park was Kilaguni, opened by Britain's Duke of Gloucester in 1962. It stands at the canter of Tsavo West and affords excellent game viewing in all directions. The lodge and its waterhole have an almost permanent population of ground squirrels, warthog, hyrax, mongooses and masses of impudent birds. Elephant are nearly always to be seen, with many other animals at the waterhole. This feast of wildlife, flora and birds combines to make Tsavo West of special interest - an interest perhaps made greater by geological activity evidenced by a mass of recently extinct volcanoes and massive lava flows.

It is also possible to make an excursion to the Chyulu Hills National Park, which abuts Tsavo West to the northwest. The Chyulu Hills are one of the world's newest mountain ranges; the most recent volcanic peak was formed only 500 years ago. A four-wheel drive track leads to this peak -Shetani- from the Chyulu gate near Kilaguni Lodge and it is simple to walk to the caves on the side of the volcano. It is a breathtaking landscape of rampant ferocity and the vistas to Kilimanjaro are unbeatable. At the other end of Tsavo West, in the south-west corner, lies Lake Jipe. Bisected by the border with Tanzania; it is a favorite haunt of bird watchers and boats are available for ardent ornithologists. In the lake area is a small herd of Grevy's zebra, translocated from northern Kenya in 1977. 

 
 
 


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Our Recommended Accommodation (Safari Camps and Lodges) in Tsavo East National Park

Ngulia Bandas Safari Camp is located in Tsavo West National Park and is set against the backdrop of the Ngulia Hills, offering an idyllic view across the Park. The Camp has 6 self catering bandas, six standard rooms and a camp-site. The bandas are tastefully furnished and have a well equipped kitchenette and bathroom suite ...  read more

Ngulia Safari lodge is situated spectacularly on the edge of Ndawe escarpment, offering a vast panoramic view of Tsavo's sweeping plains. Ngulia is an ideal base from which to explore Tsavo West. The lodge has 52 luxury rooms. Faclities include a swimming pool, restaurant, 2 bars and bay for viewing wildlife. ...  read more

Kilaguni lodge is located in Tsavo West National Park. Near the lodge is abundant wildlife, the crystal-clear waters of Mzima Springs, Shetani and Chaimu lava flows and the roaring rocks. It has 56 rooms (5 suites and 51 standard rooms). All rooms have air conditioning, mosquito nets, power points, hot water showers, balconies and laundry services. Facilities include a restaurant and bar. Meal offer is active breakfast buffet, buffet lunch. Conference facilities and a business centre are available.  ... read more

Other accommodation in Tsavo East National Park include;
 Finch Hatton's Camp, Kilaguni Lodge, Ngulia Safari Lodge, Ngulia Bandas, Salt Lick Lodge, Voyager Ziwani Safari Camp, Taita Hills Safari Lodge (Click here for details on above accommodations)

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Learned the fabled Masai peoples culture and their day to day life in a Masai Village Tour. This excursion  tour can be taken with all safaris on this website
 
F. Kings Msafairi 3 - 4 Days Tsavo East, Tsavo WEst and Taita Hills Salt Lick Safari
F. Kings Msafiri III -  4 Days Tsavo East, Tsavo West and Salt Lick Safari gives you the ultimate time to enjoy and explore the Combined parks of Tsavo East and West and the nearby Taita Hills Private Game Sanctuary. Departs daily with a minimum of 2 people. Accommodation will be in a luxury lodge or tented camp of your choice or  our recommended lodges. Bonus 1 day Mombasa city tour and Ngomongo village or Mamba Village - the Largest crocodile farm in Africa.
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