Tsavo National Park is very special because it is the largest national park in Kenya. In fact it is one of the largest in the world. For easy management, administrators have divided it into Tsavo East and Tsavo West. The highlights of the Tsavo are solitude and the great African wilderness experience. Tsavo is also very convenient for holiday makers who also want to experience Kenya’s pristine beaches. It is only 100 km away from Mombasa. This means you can have your safari and then move on to enjoy the beach. Tsavo is close to Amboseli National Park too.

The Terrain

Tsavo West National Park has a fascinating terrain made up of volcanic cones, lava flows and rocky outcrops. From the comfortable lodges one can enjoy beautiful views of the volcanic landscape tempered with long grass and bushes.

The Wildlife

Tsavo National Park is has a healthy population of all the Big Five as well as many species of antelope.  There are two main waterholes which guarantee great game watching. The viewpoints are Chaimu Crater and Roaring Rocks near Kilaguni Safri Lodge. In Tsavo West there are large elephant herds as well as large herds of buffalo. Tsavo East has more savanna grassland than Tsavo West. The Kanderi swamp is also great for game viewing. Lion sightings are very common at the Aruba Dam.

Attractions

Lugard falls is a great place to visit. Well, it is actually a series of rapids not a waterfall. There is also the Mzima Springs, where you can view hippos and crocodiles. The herds of elephant and buffalo are great also. The Tsavo is the home of the only Red Elephants in the world. No they are not born red. Their hides are permanently coated with red volcanic soil.

Accommodation in Tsavo National Park

Visitors can stay at the Voyager Ziwani Safari Camp, the Finch Hattons, Ngulia Safari Camp, or the Galdessa Main Camp among other places. Just like in other National Parks, there is a variety of accommodation available. There are camping sites, luxury camping sites and lodges.

History of the Tsavo

The Tsavo has had an illustrious history beginning with 1898, when two maneless man-eating lions roamed the landscape attacking people and disrupting the building of the Kenya Uganda Railway. The lions devoured an astonishing 135 railway workers. The carcasses of the two lions are now on display at the Chicago Field Museum. Their descendants now roam the Tsavo terrain. The Tsavo also has other big cats, including leopards, cheetahs and servals. The Tsavo has an information centre at the Kilaguni lodge where visitors can gain information on the latest sightings.

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