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Tsavo East National Park - Tsavo West National Parks

& Chyulu Hills National Park

(Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks forms one of the largest National parks in the world and covers a massive 4% of Kenya’s total land area. Tsavo West Mtito Andei Gate is 233 km South of Nairobi and 250 km North of Mombasa on the main Nairobi- Mombasa Road. Distance Nairobi-Mtito Andei: 233 km - Mtito Andei-Voi: 96 km - Voi-Mombasa: 153 km. From Malindi, take the western road (C103) and enter in the park via Sala gate.)

 

 

Tsavo National Park

Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo National PARKTsavo West National Park

Tsavo West National Park Tsavo West National Park


Tsavo East, Tsavo West & Chyulu Hills

The three reserves of Tsavo East, Tsavo West and Chyulu Hills cover an enormous tract of land in southern Kenya. The main Nairobi to Mombasa road and railway splits Tsavo East and West right down the middle, which neatly cuts the parks into two.


Tsavo East National Park
Tsavo East National Park is one of Kenya's oldest and largest National Parks at the eastern edge of the inland plateau. Here you find bushy grasslands and rocky open plains alternating with semi-arid acacia scrub and woodland, with the Galana River cutting a green swathe across the park.

 

The seasonal Voi and Tiva rivers are important to the northern and southern portions of the park, as there is little other surface water.

 

Mudanda Rock is a great spectacle of this park as this outcrop is a water catchment area which feeds a natural dam where hundreds of elephants come to drink and bathe during the dry season.

 

Views are exceptional and it is a good place to sit and watch game. Ancient volcanic activity is evident at the Yatta Plateau - a long flat-topped lava ridge on the western border of Tsavo East.


Tsavo West National Park
Tsavo West offers tremendous views and diverse habitats ranging from mountains, river forests, plains, lakes and wooded grassland. It is especially attractive at the end of the rains when the countryside turns green.

 

Mzima Springs is pool of natural spring water that attracts a lot of game and there is even an underwater hippo-viewing hide. Tsavo West is known for its 'Roaring Rocks', which if climbed gives views usually only seen by the eagles and buzzards that whirl around these cliffs.


Chyulu Hills National Park
The Chyulu Hills are a volcanic mountain range pitted with volcanic cones and barren lava flows. Surface water is rare, but nevertheless it is an important water catchment area for Mombasa and was gazetted in 1983 to protect this water source. Weird cylindrical tunnels were formed shortly after volcanic eruption and created the longest lava tube in the world.

 

Tsavo East and Tsavo West Parks are popular for short visits due to their proximity to the Mombasa coast, but the Chyulu Hills is neglected on most tourist itineraries. None of these parks get crowded.

 

 

 

Tsavo National Park Hotels Lodges, Camps & Campsites


Tsavo East National Park Accommodation

Tsavo West National Park Accommodation

Chyulu National Park Accommodation

Tsavo National Park & Chyulu Hills Safaris & Tours

 

Animals, Birds of Tsavo & Chyulu

The enormous size of these parks with many remote corners, makes them important for their bio diversity. Wildlife congregates around waterhole's particularly in the dry season. Game includes buffalo, zebra, giraffe, oryx, lion and leopard.

 

Tsavo East sees herds of elephants up to a hundred strong and they often appear more brown than gray from the rich red Tsavo dust. Chyulu national park has Buffalo; Bushbuck; Eland; Elephant, African; Leopard; Pig, Forest Bush; reed buck, mountain; Steenbok.

 

Some 500 species of birds have been recorded in the Tsavo West area, including many migratory birds on their flight south.


Seasons

The weather in Tsavo is pleasant for most of the year.

 

Rainy Season

There are two rainy seasons. The long rains are generally from March through to May and the weather is hot and humid. The short rains arrive in the warm months of October to December.


Dry Season

January to March is hot and dry and July to October is warm and dry.

 

Tsavo Facts

* Chyulu Hills Area is 741 Square Kilometers Altitude: 1,500 - 2,160 meters above sea level
* Tsavo West area is 3,500miles² (9,065km²) rising between 5000-6,000ft (152-183 metres) above sea level
* Tsavo East area is 4,535miles² (11,747km²) rising between 500-4,000ft (152-1,219 metres) above sea level

Highlights of Tsavo & Chyulu

There are some interesting geographical features in Tsavo, including the Lugard Falls (this is actually a misnomer as the 'falls' are in fact a series of rapids on the Galana River), and the Mzima Springs (the source of much of Mombasa's fresh water).

 

At Mzima you can walk down to a large pool, a favorite hang out for hippos and crocodiles. There is an underwater viewing chamber where you can observe thousands of primordial looking fish. Sadly, you are not going to spot crocodiles or hippos in the chamber.

 

Breathtaking views from the Chyulu hills,cave exploration,one camp site next to park headquarters

 


 

Booking & Reservations for Safaris to Tsavo/ Visit Tsavo/ Tours to Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Park - Kenya

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