Tsavo National Park
Tsavo is Kenya’s largest national park made up of two separate parks, Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park. It is located in Coast Province of Kenya in between Nairobi City and Mombasa.
The largest (8,036 square miles [20,812 square km]) of Kenya’s national parks, it was established in 1948. Later that year, for administrative purposes, the park was divided into two smaller units: Tsavo East and Tsavo West. Drained by the Tsavo and Galana rivers, and the Tiva River in the north, the park comprises semiarid plains covered by dormant vegetation (which bursts into luxuriant bloom after a light rain) and acacia and baobab trees. Tsavo East is relatively flat, while Tsavo West is volcanic and dotted with springs and water holes.
The park hosts all the members of African big five (Lions, Leopards, Rhinos, Elephants and Buffaloes) The park is a home of both Black and White Rhino species making one of the few protected areas across the country with both species of Rhinos. The park has scenic views of the great work of the volcanic activity that led to the formation of the great Yatta plateau. Other volcanic features at the park include the Fifty million gallons of white crystal water that is produced from the underneath of the rocks. Those are some of the attractions that are found in the Park.
Wildlife includes elephants, as well as lions, rhinoceroses, buffalo, hippopotamuses, hartebeests and several other species of antelope, and hundreds of species of birds.
What to do here:
- Birding/Bird watching
- Game drives/Game viewing
- Guided Nature walks/walking Safaris
- Cultural tours
Interesting places to visit:
- Shetani lava flow
- Mzima Springs