Tsavo is made up of two separate parks, Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park. Located in Coast Province of Kenya in between Nairobi City and Mombasa. It is nearly 22,000km2, being the largest national park in Kenya and one of the largest in the world. The park was split into, Tsavo East and Tsavo West, two due to the railway going from Mombasa to the interior of Kenya that cuts through the park.
Tsavo East National Park is located South East of Kenya near the Town of Voi in the Taita-Taveta District of Coast Province, inland from the Coast, it measures 13,747 sq.km. Tsavo West National Park is also located in the Coast Province of Kenya covering an area of 9,065 sq.km. The park was has been operational since April 1948.
Tsavo East is generally flat, with dry plains across which the Galana River flows. Other features include the Yatta Plateau and Lugard Falls.
Tsavo West National Park is more mountainous and wetter than its counterpart, with swamps, Lake Jipe and the Mzima Springs. It is known for bird life and for its large mammal’s e.g. black rhino, Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, hippo and Masai lion. There are also other smaller animals that can be spotted in the park, such as the bush baby, hartebeest, lesser kudu and Maasai giraffe.
Tsavo East can be accessed trough Manyani Gate, Voi Gate, Buchuma Gate and Sala Gate while Tsavo West can be accessed through Mtito Gate, Man Eaters Gate, Chyulu Gate and one other gate near Maktau.
There are plenty of places to stay in the two parks. These range greatly and most of them have a water hole close to the property making game viewing easier. Some of the best facilities include Fich Hatton’s Camp and Severin Safari Camp in Tsavo West and Galdessa Safari Camp and Kilalinda Safari Camp located in Tsavo East. In total, there are about 40 facilities of different ranges and tupes in Tsavo National Park. CLICK HERE to view a list of some of the facilities available.
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