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Tsavo National Park

Why Tsavo National Park

The Tsavo East and West National Parks are the largest parks in Kenya at 13,747 square kilometers and are one of the largest in the world. Tsavo National park was officially established in April 1948. Previously, the area was known as the Taru desert since it was a dry and wet semi-arid area. The Park is located near the town of Voi which is in Taita-Taveta in Mombasa County. When the construction of the Mombasa – Nairobi railway was officiated, the National reserve was divided into East and West.  The National Park became a tourist destination due to its diverse wildlife which can be spotted in a safari drive in the Park. The reserve happens to be the world’s biodiversity stronghold with more mountainous landscapes and wetter swamps. It is also known for birdlife and sanctuary to black rhinos.

How to Get There

By Road: the Park is located on the South Eastern side of Nairobi County.  The highway from Nairobi –Mombasa separates the Tsavo East and Tsavo West. The Park has three gates, the popular one being the Mtito Andei gate which is 233km south of Nairobi and 250 Km north of Mombasa. It usually takes 4-5 hours drive from Nairobi to the National Park.

By Air: the National Park has several airstrips which are Voi, Sala, Aruba, Ithumba, Sangayaya, Mopeo, Bachuma, and Cattar airstrips.

By Train: visitors can book the Standard gauge train either by online or manual booking. The offices are located at Syokimau Railway station in Nairobi and Mombasa Counties, which will make a stopover at Mutito Andei railway station.

What to Expect

Wildlife: being one of the oldest parks in Kenya and the world, it’s the largest game reserve, and provides habitat to various type of animals and species. The famous wildlife park is known for the Tsavo Lions, a population which is slowly declining due to wild poaching. Animals found in the Park also include the Cape buffalo, bushbuck, caracal, African wildcats, cheetah, civet, African bush elephant, gazelle, and the gerenuk giraffe.

Birds: Tsavo National park has recorded over 500 birds’ species. These include the large prolific birds which are: weaver birds, secretary birds, herons, kingfisher, starlings, ostriches, kestrel, and the buzzards.

Yatta Plateau: The world’s most prolonged Lava flow is found in the Athi River, which runs along the west of the Park.

Aruba Dam and the Lugard Fails: the two famous attractions run across river Voi, thereby attracting the abundant wildlife and birds.

Accommodation

There are several luxurious hotels and lodges near the National Park. There are also camping sites in the Park. Most of the Lodges offer a beautiful view towards the Park, making the stay even more adventurous.

Why Is Tsavo National Park Famous?

  • Tsavo Park offers some of the most important species of wildlife in the world and makes it a tourist destination.
  • Other features are the Yatta Plateau and the Aruba Dam.
  • The Park gives visitors a game-viewing adventure as wildlife play and hunt each other ( the iconic hunt is that of the lions and Antelopes)
  • Over 500 species of birds are at Tsavo making the reserve a watchers bird paradise.

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