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Tsavo West National Park Tours and Holidays 2018/2019

Legends of man-eating lions made Tsavo West National Park popular around the world in the early 19th century. Tales of how railway construction was halted abruptly in the year 1898 spread far and wide and the war between man and beast that lasted for 9 months soon became a bedtime tale, a story for the generations. ... Read More

7 Trips in Tsavo West National Park

Highlights
  • 300 kilometer long Yatta Plateau.
  • The largest protected area in Kenya.
  • Land of Lava, Springs & Man-Eaters.
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Bushthorns Adventures
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3 Days Mombasa To Tsavo East And Tsavo West

This 3-day safari trip will take you to the Tsavo East and Tsavo West National ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Mombasa/Mombasa
  • Operator Bushthorns Adventures
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 950 3 days View Tour
Next Departures
Nov 17
Nov 18
Highlights
  • Check out the red elephants of Tsavo West.
  • Stay in Sarova Salt Lick, built on a high stilts above a waterhole and pastures.
  • Check out the fascinating diversity of African wildlife.
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Africa Flash Mc Tours & Travels
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3-Day Tsavo West Sarova Luxury Safari

Tsavo West is known for its red elephants and holds the legend of Tsavo man ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Nairobi/Kenya
  • Operator Africa Flash Mc Tours & Travels
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 620 3 days View Tour
Next Departures
Nov 18
Nov 19
Highlights
  • Stay in luxury tented camps.
  • Game drive at Tsavo West and East National Parks.
  • Visit to Amboseli known for its large elephant herds and views of Mount Kilimanjaro.
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Africa Flash Mc Tours & Travels
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4-Day East And West Tsavo With Amboseli Safari

This 4-day safari takes you to Tsavo West and East National Parks and the Amboseli ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Africa Flash Mc Tours & Travels
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 1,066 4 days View Tour
Next Departures
Nov 18
Nov 19
Highlights
  • Witness throngs of wildebeest thundering across the savannah during the Great Migration.
  • Enjoy Hell’s Gate National Park - one of the most atmospheric parks in Africa.
  • Amboseli offers a view of majestic herds of elephant & glorious views of Mt Kilimanjaro.
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Blue Ocean Safaris
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16-Day Kenya Adventure & Beach Holiday

Kenya - the name is almost synonymous with the word "safari". Perhaps no other place ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Nairobi/Mombasa
  • Operator Blue Ocean Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 5,000 16 days View Tour
Next Departures
Nov 19
Nov 20
Highlights
  • Visit the Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees in Uganda.
  • Witness throngs of wildebeest thundering across the savanna during the Great Migration.
  • Experience unparalleled wonders of the wild as well as the beautiful landscape.
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Blue Ocean Safaris
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15-Day East Africa Expeditions

Enjoy this magical tour of 15-Day East Africa Expeditions to Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. Uganda ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Entebbe/Zanzibar
  • Operator Blue Ocean Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 5,000 15 days View Tour
Next Departures
Nov 19
Nov 20
Highlights
  • Visit three of the Kenya's most beautiful National Parks.
  • See Shetani Lava Flows, Mzima Springs and the wildlife of Kenya.
  • Excellent Birdwatching.
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In2Kenya Safari Watamu Kenya
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4 Day Amboseli & Tsavo National Parks Safaris

The best safari package in Kenya! Visit Mt. Kilimanjaro in Amboseli National Park, Tsavo West ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Nairobi/Mombasa
  • Operator In2Kenya Safari Watamu Kenya
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 1,300 4 days View Tour
Next Departures
Nov 17
Nov 18
Highlights
  • See elephants, rhinos and lions at close range.
  • Visit Mzima Springs, known for its hippos and crocodiles.
  • Enjoy watching African skimmers, goshawks, red and yellow bishops and other bird species.
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Baboon Budget Safaris
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3-Day Tsavo Safari

Be ready for an exciting 3-day safari trip in two adjoining national parks. Visit Tsavo ... Read More
  • Starts /Ends Nairobi/Nairobi
  • Operator Baboon Budget Safaris
  • Tour Type Private Tour
From US$ 650 3 days View Tour
Next Departures
Nov 18
Nov 19
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Tsavo West National Park - Overview and Facts

Legends of man-eating lions made Tsavo West National Park popular around the world in the early 19th century. Tales of how railway construction was halted abruptly in the year 1898 spread far and wide and the war between man and beast that lasted for 9 months soon became a bedtime tale, a story for the generations.

With the war all but lost, the beasts retreated deep into the interiors of the park and widespread poaching in the late 1900s all but decimated the area’s wildlife. However, the national park has grown in leaps and bounds since and today, you get to see a spectacular diversity of wildlife here, minus the man-eating lions of course.

Tsavo West National Park is one of the largest national parks in Africa, a land that is full of natural springs, extinct volcano's, liquid lava flows, vast swamps, rolling plains, palm-fringed rivers and untouched sceneries. Stretching over 9065 sq. kms., Tsavo West demands your time. It presents dramatic sights, excellent animal sightings and exquisite lodges, but don’t come here expecting to see everything in a day. You need to be patient with the park due to its sheer size, and you can be rest assured that your patience shall be always rewarded with some of the best animal sightings on the continent.

Most safaris in Tsavo West National Park concentrate around a 1,000 sq. km area, the Developed Area. This area lies in the north and is home to some of the most well-watered soils and best landscapes that the national park has to offer. It hosts beautiful Savannah and woodland habitats and needless to say, animal sightings here are among the very best.

The star attraction at Tsavo West is Mzima Springs. Its crystal-clear water filters through the volcanic rocks and is full of huge pods of hippos, numerous crocodiles and large schools of fish. The world-famous underwater chamber which lets you see crocodiles and hippos from up close is also located here.

If the thought of liquid lava flows felt exciting, you must visit the Shetani Lava Flow, the largest lava flow in the park. You can explore the numerous lava caves below the surface and stumble across remains of prey animals as well as predators that were trapped inside.

Tsavo West National Park also hosts several volcanic cones, with the Chaimu Crater deserving special mention. This is a nature trail that allows you to leave the confines of your safari vehicle, stretch your legs, hike to the summit and enjoy majestic views of the Developed Area.

Tsavo West National Park has the following safari relevant ratings:

  • Wildlife Rating: 4 stars out of 5
  • Scenery Rating: 4 stars out of 5
  • Bush Vibe: 4 stars out of 5
  • Altitude: 150 to 1,800 meters

Visitors wouldn’t want to miss out on exploring the Poacher’s Lookout either. This wooded area takes you on a beautiful drive through a winding track and presents breathtaking slopes and special bush hikes. Tsavo West National Park is full of hilly landscapes and this means that spotting wildlife can often prove to be difficult, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that Tsavo West is lacking in terms of wildlife. There’s plenty to see here.

Some of the animals found in Tsavo West National Park include the lesser kudu, impala, gazelle, zebra, giraffe, rhino, buffalo, elephant, oryx, leopard, hyena, cheetah and the lion. A few lucky ones might also get to see the elusive black rhino. The park also presents beautiful birding opportunities and the white-headed buffalo weaver is one of the most noticeable species here. Lake Jipe is famous for being a paradise for bird lovers.

Pros and Cons of Tsavo West National Park

Pros:

  • Excellent rock climbing adventures
  • Attractions of geological interest such as lava flows and underground caves
  • Watch hippos bathe underwater
  • Breathtaking game drives
  • Home to the endangered black rhino
  • Year-round explorations
  • Well-maintained roads
  • Prolific bird-life Cons
  • Scattered wildlife
  • Itineraries demand time and patience

Cons:

  • Scattered wildlife
  • Itineraries demand time and patience

Accommodation in Tsavo West

Lions Bluff Lodge is a mid-range safari lodge that is located at the very end of the ridge and is perfect for those interested in bush walks and night drives. For something more special, you don’t need to look further than Severin Safari Camp, a beautiful camp run by an enthusiastic German couple. Other options worth considering include Finch Hattons, Voyager Ziwani Safari Camp and Kilaguni Serena Lodge.

Best Time to Visit Tsavo West

The months of June to September represent the best time to visit the Tsavo West National Park. January and February are equally hospitable. The temperature stays pleasant throughout the day and cool at night and the animals tend to roam in the open searching for greener pastures. Bird lovers have to visit Tsavo West between October to January. This is when most of the migratory birds visit the park.

Extend Your Vacation from Tsavo West

The Tsavo West National Park is located very close to the Chyulu Gate and is a common addition to most Tsavo West itineraries. Tourists visiting this national park would also want to consider visiting Mombasa, located at a distance of 188 kms. from the Tsavo Gate or the Mtito Andei Gate.

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