Tsavo National Park was established in 1948 and it’s the biggest national park in Kenya forming 4% of the total area of the whole country. It’s divided into Tsavo East and Tsavo West by main Nairobi Mombasa road and the railway line. The Park was established in 1948
The history of the park dates back to 1898 when the lions of Tsavo turned into man-eaters and killing almost than 135 workers constructing the Kenya-Uganda railways between the months of March to December 1898. They were finally killed by Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson.
Tsavo West National Park Distance from Nairobi
The distance from Nairobi to Tsavo West National Park is approximately 41/2 Hours driving 281km (175 miles) on a straight line its 262km (165miles or 141 nautical miles) driving on A109 road. Some of the major towns you will drive through include; Mlolongo, Athiriver, Machakos junction, Konza Techno City, Malili, Sultan Hamid, Emali, Simba, Kiboko, Makindu, Mbuinzau, Kibwezi, Maikuu, Kambu and then MtitoAndei.
Daily scheduled flights operate from Nairobi (Wilson Airport) to Tsavo National Park and the flying time is approximately 45 Minutes.
Tsavo National Park Weather
Tsavo National Park has fairly constant temperatures throughout the year though it drops during the rainy season from 27-31°C (81-88°F). There is a slight drop at night from 22-24°C (72-75°F).
Tsavo West National Park Location
Amboseli National Park is located in TaitaTaveta/Makueni Counties coving an area of approximate 9,065 square km (151 square miles). The park coordinates are 3.3952° S, 37.9573° E.Average altitude of the park is though varies in different areas is 200 to 1000m above sea level. Tsavo West National Park Gates are MtitoAndei gate, Tsavo gate, Chyulu gate, Jipe gate, Manyani gate, Maktau gate, Ziwani gate. Several airstrips are an operation which includes; Finch Hatton, KilanguniJipe, Ziwani, Maktau and Kamboyo.
Tsavo West National Park Hotel
Several safari lodges and luxuries’ camps are found inside the park, they include Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge and Finch Hatton’s Tented Camp.
Best Time to Visit Tsavo West National Park.
The park is open to travelers all year round, however, during the rainy seasons, few animals can be spotted.
Tsavo West National Park Safari
Tsavo West National Park safaris can be organized through DK Grand Safaris from Nairobi by road with pick up from Nairobi City Hotel or direct from Jomokenyatta International Airport.
Some of Amboseli National Park Safari packages which include family safari, Honeymoon Safari, private safaris, customized and Photographic safari.
The safari packages will include accommodation, Safari in land cruisers or minivans, game drives, Tsavo national park fees, and park entry fee, professional guides.
Tsavo West National Park Animals
Tsavo West National Park has a diversity of more than 50 different species of wild animals include the famous big five animals namely; African elephant, Rhino, Leopard, Lion, and the Café Buffalo.
Other common animals found in Tsavo West National park includes; Hippopotamus, Lesser kudu, impalas, gazelles, zebras, giraffe, cheetahs, jackals, hartebeest, busy baby, baboons, monkeys, spotted hyenas etc.
Tsavo West National Park Birds
Over 500 species of birds have been recorded in the park which includes; Kestrels, weaver birds, hornbills, Ostrich, Pigeons, Owls, Guinea fowls, secretary birds, plovers, kingfishers, starlings,
Other common birds at Tsavo West national park includes; Goshawk, Bustards, Crowned crane, Plovers, Doves, Owls, Lilac-breasted rollers, Cuckoo, Woodpeckers, Shrikes, Sunbirds, Weavers, Guinea fowls, Secretary bird, Francolins, etc.
Over 1000 plants species in form of bushes and forest woodland have been recorded in the park, some of the common trees in Tsavo West National Park includes Doum Palm, The baobab tree, yellow barked acacia, Ivory palm etc.
Tsavo West National Park Highlight
- Big Five animals
- Bird Watching
- Spectacle Mzima Springs
- Shetani Lava Floor
- Poachers Lookout
- Lake Jipe
- The ancient land of Maneaters Lions
- Ngulia Sanctuary
- Chaimu Crater
- Roaring Rocks
Safari to Tsavo West National Park
DK Grand Safaris
Kenya Wildlife Services
The Senior Warden,
Tsavo West National Park,
P.O. Box 71-90128,