Tsavo West National Park for wildlife and a mountainous scenic landscape.


Tsavo West National Park.

Tsavo West National Park contains a diversity of habitats, wildlife and a mountainous scenic landscape. The Tsavo West National Park is a vast expanse of the savanna stretching from Mtito Andei, along the Mombasa-Nairobi road and south to the Tanzanian border. The North Eastern boundary along the Highway adjoins Tsavo East National Park, but Tsavo West has a more varied topography and a more diverse array of habitats than its neighbour.


The park's habitats include 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 has important historic connections as a major battle ground in World War I where British and German troops battled for supremacy.

The Tsavo West National park became famous through the notorious "Man Eaters of Tsavo" incident at the turn of the century, when man-eating lions were preying on the workers building the great Uganda Railway. In fact, the carriage from which they pulled a traveler is now on display in the Nairobi Railway Museum. This incident was also depicted in the popular movie "Ghost and the Darkness." Tsavo West National Park's landscape is dominated, especially off the hills by the giant baobab, a tree that is reputed to live a thousand years.

After the rains, Tsavo West National Park is showered with white and pink ipomoea, 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 fuchsia-pink flowers of striking beauty at almost any time of the year.

Visitors can enjoy long walks along the nature trails and explore the Chaimu volcanic crater. They can also explore the Shetani Lava Flow and a variety of caves in the park.

There is a quite a variety of wildlife and birdlife in the Tsavo West National park. Over 600 species of birds have been recorded. Moreover, game viewing is fairly easy. Animals include the leopard, cheetah, buffalo, rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, crocodile, mongoose, hyrax, dik dik and porcupine. The Mzima Springs is a major attraction for visitors. This is a pool of natural spring water with underwater viewing hides from which one can observe the hippos. The Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary is another safe haven for rhinos.

The park offers a number of activities: horse riding, hiking, camping, archaeological and geological safaris with caves to explore and fantastic views across the Amboseli and Tsavo plains. Tsavo West Park Lodges: Ngulia Lodge; Kilaguni Serena Lodge; Severin Safari Camp/Lodge; Finch Hattons. Campsites: Lake Jipe; Kamboya; Royal Little; Simba; Kenge; Kudu. Finally, the park offers excellent views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

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