Tsavo West National Park
The Tsavo West national park sits south of Kenya, covering an area of 7,065 square Kilometers. The rugged, arid landscape typifies vast areas of the lower altitudes of Kenya. In sharp contrast with the vast flat plains of Tsavo East, Tsavo West is marked by several recent rocky outcrops and volcanic hills, the youngest being only a few hundred years old.
It is a diverse mosaic of rocky outcrops and arid plains; Tsavo vast reaches shelter some of the largest populations of wildlife in Kenya. These include the largest concentration of Elephants, Lions and many herds of Oryx, Zebra, leopard, cheetah and lesser Kudu. Other animals include the Hyenas, Wild dogs, African Civets, Rhinos, Servals and Caracals.
Other attractions at Tsavo include the Mzima Springs, and this is a freshwater oasis in the heart of Tsavo dry savannah. The Mzima spring is a fascinating geological phenomenon. Fed by water that drains from the slopes of Kilimanjaro and the Chyulu hills, it forms into a network of underground streams that flow above the Non- Porous Precambrian rock surfacing south of its source in the vast Tsavo.
The mass of black lava flow is known as the Shetani Lava flow- A relict of the most recent major volcanic eruption in the Tsavo area. Shetani is a solidified stream of Magma that erupted from the southeast end of the Chyulu Hills. According to the local oral tradition, many people and animals were buried alive by the fast-flowing fiery stream of Lava accounting for its Swahili name Shetani which means Devil.
Further south of the Shetani Lava flow is the Chaimu Crater. This volcanic hill rises in stark isolation from a setting of solidified lava flows, forming an almost perfect conical pyramid whose coal-black ashy support a meagre cover of yellow grass on one side and denuded.
Why Visit Tsavo West national park
- Home to a variety of animal with the Big Five present
- Views of Kilimanjaro on a clear day
- Beautiful scenery – the park is marked by several rocky outcrops and volcanic hills.
- The spectacle Mzima Springs – the sight of fifty million gallons of crystal clear water gushing out of from the under parched lava rocks, forming the most welcoming and lovely scene in Africa.
What to Do:
- Game drive safaris
- Short walking trail at Mzima Springs
- There are charter and scheduled flights to Tsavo West from Nairobi and several other parks, including Masai Mara and Amboseli.
- 240 km from Nairobi, 250km from Mombasa (Mtito Andei Gate). Driving to the reserve from Nairobi, Mombasa, or another park is a good option depending on your plans.
Best Time to Visit:
- Year-round but recommended dry season (June to October and January to February)
TSAVOO WEST ACCOMMODATION
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge
Situated in Tsavo West National Park in Kenya, the lodge commands a magnificent view second to none, extending to the rugged scenic Chyulu hills in this 7,065 square km park. The snowy dome of Mt. Kilimanjaro creates a perfect backdrop. The lodge immerses you in stunning beauty and exhilarating adventures while surrounding you with every modern comfort.
The lodge has 56 guest rooms, including five suites that feature extensive living areas, ranging from standard rooms to deluxe suites and the resplendent Kilaguni Suite. Offering views of the water hole or Chyulu Hills, our exceptionally spacious accommodations are beautifully appointed with natural stone walls and locally inspired furnishings, fabrics and artwork.
Salt Lick Safari Lodge
In the heart of the private Taita Hills Sanctuary, bordering Tsavo West National Park in south-eastern Kenya, Salt Lick Safari Lodge is a unique concept consisting of 96 rooms elevated on stilts each overlooking a waterhole and linked by suspended walkways. The lodge offers luxurious accommodation and facilities and is the perfect place in an unforgettable setting to explore the surrounding natural environment.
At night, the waterholes are floodlit, ensuring that you enjoy an uninterrupted view of the numerous animals arriving to quench their thirst. The elevated restaurant, and the bar a level higher, also offer stunning views of the sanctuary and are the ideal vantage points to view the game.
Campi ya Kanzi
Campi ya Kanzi is widely recognized as one of the most inspiring and eco-friendly safari experiences in Africa. Situated at the foot of the legendary Chyulu Hills, Ernest Hemingway’s “Green Hills of Africa” is a luxury camp offering an incomparable combination of 5-star luxury, first-class wilderness adventure, unique wildlife, and authentic immersion Maasai culture. This is truly the ultimate African safari.
This luxury lodge has been built in partnership with the Maasai community of the 283,000-acre Kuku Group Ranch. The classic safari experience under canvas, with the luxury of a comfortable bed (4 tented cottages have twins, 2 have a king-size bed) and a full en-suite bathroom. Each of the six luxury tented cottages is named after the beautiful view of the specific hills that they face.
Finch Hatton’s Tented Lodge
Finch Hattons is a luxury tented safari camp that combines its love for Tsavo with world-class facilities. Set on 35 acres in the heart of Tsavo West National Park, we offer a chance to experience the thrill of an authentic African safari without preceding the luxury afforded by contemporary comforts.
With just 17 tented suites surrounding the hippo pools fed by the freshwater springs of Mt Kilimanjaro and the Chyulu Hills, the camp is the ideal combination of adventure and intimacy. The suites are elevated to offer sweeping views of the surrounding landscape and guarantee absolute privacy for our guests. In addition, the tents’ open-plan design invites the cool breeze that drifts over the nearby natural springs, bringing the sounds and scents of the bush directly to you.
Discover the safari of a bygone era, a camp built to be minimally intrusive while combining the modern-day luxuries of any 5-star boutique hotel. Fusing modern design with rustic charm, you will experience authentic African sights, sounds, tastes and smells.
Severin Safari Camp
Severin Safari Camp is hidden in the remote Kitani Wildlife area of Tsavo West National Park, overlooking Mt. Kilimanjaro. The Severin Safari Camp is designed in a stylish natural design. The tents and suites feature handcrafted wood furniture in traditional African style.
The camp offers 27 luxurious accommodations and eight self-contained Kitani bandas spread over 25 hectares of bushland. The camp is not fenced and, therefore, perfectly integrated into the natural environment. The tents provide an excellent view of the landscape and the wild animals that pass freely at the water hole. Maasai warriors work around the clock to protect them and represent the harmony of the Severin Safari Camp with man and nature.
The camp is a small haven with beautifully constructed tents, fantastic dining, a crystal clear pool and a lovely spa. After a refreshing swim and a soothing massage, guests are treated with fantastic food at the lovely restaurant whilst viewing the game coming to drink at the floodlit waterhole.