Tsavo West National Park is located in the Coast Province of Kenya. The park covers an area of 9,065 square kilometres. The A109 road Nairobi-Mombasa and a railway divides it from the adjoining Tsavo East National Park. Together with adjoining ranches and protected areas, they comprise the Tsavo Conservation Area
The park is open year-round and always accessible.
It depends. If you like your scenery greener (as opposed to browner), you desire the best views of Kilimanjaro and the finest bird viewing, then choose the wet season (October to May). But if larger wildlife watching is your thing the best time to visit is in the drier months. The animals are easier to spot as they venture to the rivers and watering holes.
The park is open from 06:00 hrs. to 18:00 hrs. daily. Note: One can only walk or hike in designated areas and only in the company of a Kenya Wildlife Services ranger.
By road – you can book a tour with Kenya Tru Nomads from the coast or Nairobi.
Air – chartered aircraft can land at the park’s multiple airstrips at Chyulu, Mtito Andei, Tsavo, Jipe, Maktau, Kasigau and Ziwani gates.
Railway – take the Nairobi-Mombasa railway which runs right through the park.
This hardened lava flow is only a few hundred years old. Shitani is the Kiswahili word for ‘devil’. When villagers saw the flaming lava erupting from the earth, they imagined it was the coming of the devil into their world.
Over 600 types of birds have been spotted in the park. The area is a feast of migratory birds such as African skimmers, goshawks and palm nut vultures. Some more familiar species such as ostriches, buzzards, kingfishers, hornbills and herons are also plentiful here
Named for the persistent whistling of the wind and the constant buzz of nearby cicadas, this outcropping is an easy climb and a wonderful place to spot eagles and other birds of prey cruising nearby.
Perhaps the most special locale in the park, this lush spring is fed by over 200 million liters of clear water daily. Mzima means “life” in Swahili and this life sustaining oasis attracts a rich assortment of elephants, hippos, crocodiles, zebras and other wildlife to its raffia palm shores. There are plenty of nature trails and even an underwater observation platform.
The park is stunning in its variety of landforms, wildlife and places to discover. Climb a volcanic cone, walk through a lush oasis, marvel at the herds of red elephants and other animals throughout the expanse of this historic reserve.
Join us on safari to this beautiful park for a 1 day visit or as part of a longer tour. We have safaris departing from Nairobi, Mombasa and other coastal resorts going to Tsavo West and other great Kenya Parks