Tsavo West National Park Attractions, Activities, Accommodation Lodges
Tsavo West National Park has an area of 9065 km2.
Separated from Tsavo East Park by Nairobi- Mombasa road, the park extends from Athi River in the North to Tanzania border. Tsavo West Park is also the home of the man eaters of Tsavo, the lions which brought the construction of the railway to a standstill. The local people believed that the lions were reincarnated chiefs protesting the invasion of their land by foreigners. A visit to Tsavo West Game Park is best combined with excursions to Chyulu hills National Park and Taita Hills Game Reserve. Other attractions in the vicinity
include Lake Jipe, Taita Hills Sanctuary, Chyulu Hills andTsavo East National Park.
Mzima Springs are perhaps one of the greatest wonder of Tsavo West. Water gurgles from the underground and forms large expanse of pools, which provide habitats for colourful fish, hippos and crocodiles. A glass observation tank allows one to view this aquatic undisturbed. The springs are the main source of water for Mombasa municipality. At its prime Tsavo's Mzima Springs gurgled out 20 million litres of water daily.
Besides the lions, the Park has a large concentration of herbivores and predators. and other animals. These include the Bush back, dik dik, duikers, eland, gazelles, gerenuk, wildebeest, hartebeest, impala, klipspringer, lesser kudu, fringe eared Oryx, steinbok, suni, buffalo, elephant, maasai giraffe, hippos, black rhino, cheetah, aardwolf, caracal, hyena, lions, leopard, baboons
The Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary:
The Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary covers an area of 62Km2. It has around 60 Black Rhinos. Ngulia Rhino sanctuary is fully fenced.
Lake Jipe is reached from Taveta. One can go for a boat ride in the lake. It is also popular with migratory birds from Europe between February and May.
Profusion Of Birdlife
With over 600 recorded species of birds, Tsavo West National Park is a bird watcher's paradise. Lake Jipe being one of the favoured sites of migratory birds. Each year from September to November the Ngulia region becomes the base for a large-scale netting and ringing.
The drive from Nairobi to Tsavo West National Park can be very interesting especially if your guide knows the history of the various towns and shopping centres that you drive by. From Nairobi the first significant town is Athi River, followed by Salama, Email, Kiboko, Kibwezi, Mtito Adei, Tsavo, Manyani and finally Voi. Voi is only 160Km from Mombasa. Travel from Nairobi will take at most 4 hours depending on the gate that you use.
Tsavo West National Park requires a smart card. The park headquarters are at Voi gate.
From Nairobi one can access Tsavo West Game Park through Chyulu, Mtito Andei, Tsavo, Jipe, Maktau Gate, Kasigau Gate.