Tsavo National Park Houses the Best of Kenya’s Flora and Fauna
Experience the joy of a day in the wild, in a scenic location with animals all round you. This expansive conservation area lets you tour freely and see why Africa is the best place to spend your vacation.
Tsavo National Park is arguably one of the oldest reserves in Kenya. In addition, it is the largest in the country. This conservancy dates back to 1948, and its name means a place of slaughter in the Kamba language. This may result from the tribal wars that ensued in the region years ago, when the Maasai raided villages in cattle rustling activities.
What to see
Tsavo National Park has a wide range of wildlife species. It contains about 500 species of birds. Other animals visible here are lions, buffalos, leopards, hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks, elephants and rhinos.
Apart from wildlife, other attractions here
- Mzima Springs
- Yatta Plateau
- Mudanda Rock
- Lugard Falls
This region is also famous because of the man eaters of Tsavo that killed over a hundred workers during the railroad construction in 1898. History also associates this region with the First World War. The German and British soldiers set camps here as the British prevented the Germans in Tanganyika from invading Kenya.
The government divided it into the Tsavo East and Tsavo West conservation areas. The east is larger than the west but most visitors go to the west because it has better roads and a serene environment. This side also has varied terrain with plains and hilly areas as well as collections of lava from ancient volcanic activity. The eastern side is drier. The Nairobi– Mombasa railroad cuts across this region. The climate is fairly warm and dry throughout the year.
How to get here
Entry is through several gates that are Mtito Andei, Voi, Buchuma, Manyani, Ithumba and Sala. This area has several airstrips in Voi, Aruba, Satao, Sala, Ithumba, Sanganyaya and Cottars among others. Fly from the capital city, Mombasa or even from Malindi’s airstrip to these landing sites.
By road, the distance depends on the gate you wish to use to access this wildlife paradise. For instance, the distance is 233km from Nairobi to Mtito Andei gate, and 250km from Mombasa to the same entrance route.
As it is the case with other parks under the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), you need a SafariCard to gain access. This card is available from KWS offices, and you can reload it anytime you visit national parks in Kenya. Tsavo awaits you.