Tsavo West National Park is home to the Black Rhino.


Tsavo West National Park.

This is the kind of place that captures one’s interest! It is everything that a national park should be. This is the Tsavo National Park. Established in 1948, it was once described as “Kenya’s chief national park …” The Tsavo National Park’s 20,000 square-kilometers had to be divided into two: Tsavo East and Tsavo West.

Tsavo West is the smaller of the two Tsavo’s at 7,800 square-kilometers, lies west of the Nairobi-Mombasa Road, and plays host to the Kenya-Uganda railway.


Though many describe Tsavo West National Park as a minor safari destination, the reality is that this park offers the visitor a chance to witness one of Africa’s most beautiful and diverse wildernesses; with open plains, dense bush lands, hills, valleys, rivers, lakes and an array of wildlife.

Tsavo West National Park’s Black Rhino population is protected in the fenced in, 70 square-kilometer, Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary. The visitor can also expect to see large numbers of giraffe, elephant and buffalo here as well too. Water holes- some near lodges and camps- around the Tsavo West National Park attract a constant procession of wildlife. Elephants leisurely enjoy themselves at these points, with Impala and other antelope hanging around for the relative safety of the night floodlights.

Tsavo West National Park is home to big cats as well. Please note that these animals are not as accustomed to vehicles, as their counterparts in other National Parks and Game Reserves around the country. Chances for game drives in fully-open vehicles here are non-existent. The Park might also offer visitors a chance to see the African Wild Dog. However, these animals use the vastness of the Tsavo West National Park, to remain elusive. The Mzima Springs, found in the Park, offers a habitat to hippos, crocodiles, monkeys and a large variety of birdlife. The under water viewing tank at the springs provides a unique view of hippos and crocodiles underwater.

The Ngulia Hills, on the northern part of the Tsavo West National Park, offers a natural checklist for the visitors. It over looks the Chaimu Crater, Rhino Valley, the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary and the Tsavo River. Game drives in this area are quite productive. Dik-diks, antelopes and the beautifully marked lesser kudu form part of the highlight of the drive. The Roaring Rocks Observation Point provides a wonderful view of this area. Breathtaking!

The Ngulia Hill rise to a dizzying height, and conditions allowing, arrange can be made for rock climbing. The Tsavo River flows through the Tsavo West National Park. The river attracts wildlife, and game drives along the banks of this river, can be very rewarding.

Towards Tanzania, the park takes up the landscape familiar to the Serengeti Plains and bushy vegetation. The main water source here is the Lake Jipe. This relatively long lake makes the area rich in birdlife. The Tsavo West National park needs patience and desire to know more about it, from the visitor. This part of the world is surely Africa’s most beautiful and diverse wilderness.

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