Tsavo National Parks are among the oldest and largest animal conservancies world over. Tsavo West has great sights that are worth a visit.
This is a more mountainous and wetter part of the Tsavo conversancy with swamps, Mzima Springs, and Lake Jipe in its loft. Its sits on a 9,065 square kilometre area, adjoining ranches and other protected spots such as the rhino reserve. This side of the park is most popular for its magnificent scenery, vast wildlife, rock climbing, and good in-park road systems. The park also has an archaeological history of early human settlement in the Tsavo rock shelters. Some of these shelters, which date as early as 700 AD are still present at the conservancy.
The park also offers superb rock climbing experience with elephants roaming below the cliffs and falcons, eagles and vultures circling the crags. Most impressive is Kichwa Tembo, a 300 meters rock that inspired the ascent of Great Tsavo chimney. The ivory Tower elect on the Elephant rocks, a more recent route, is ranked as the hardest, but most rewarding bush rock climb in Kenya. If rock climbing is your thing, make sure to notify the Mountain Club of Kenya (MCK) in advance, and carry climbing pegs. An early start is also advisable because it tends to get comfortably hot on clear days.
Tsavo West also boasts a wide variety of wildlife including Masai Giraffe, Eastern Black Rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, Hippopotamus, and the three major African Cats (Lion, Leopard, and Cheetah).
- Mzima Springs – creates a spectacle of pools and springs, popular for their large crocodile and hippo populations.
- Shetani Lava Flow– meaning “Devil” in Swahili, this is an 8 kilometre long, and 1.6 kilometres wide lava flow that occurred when a volcano erupted from the earth 500 years ago.
- Chaimu Volcanic crater and lava field – Chaimu crater or “the devil’s crater” is a rising hill clad in black lava stones and grassy shrubs.
- Five Sister’s hills- these are five identical cone-shaped volcanic hills. They create a stunning photographic landscape with black lava outcrop and grassy fields.
Key Attractions: Game viewing, bird watching, camping and trekking.
Wildlife: the parks are homes to Africa’s largest mammals including Rhino, Dust-red elephant, Buffalo, Hippo, Lion, Leopard, Lesser Kudu, Waterbucks, Hirola and Gerenuk.
Birds: there are over 500 recorded species birds, both local and migratory.
Park Accessibility: The Park can be accessed via road or air
Road: From Nairobi, you will enter the park through the Mtito Andei Gates which is 233km south, along the main Nairobi- Mombasa highways. From Malindi, enter through the Sala gate, using the Western Road via Voi.
Airstrips: Sala, Voi, Sangayaya, Cottars, Aruba, Ithumba, Mopeo and Bachuma.