Tsavo national park is Kenya’s largest national park, and one of the world largest game reserve. The park became popular even before it was gazetted as a national park. When the British were building the Kenya Uganda railway; the biggest problem the encountered was around Tsavo in Mtito Adei forest; where about 138 men were killed by the “Tsavo man-eaters”.
Due to its sheer size 11,747 square kilometers, the Kenya parks authority divided Tsavo national park into two along the railway line for ease of management; Tsavo East and Tsavo West. Tsavo national park is ideal for people looking for solitude and a true jungle experience, due to its location away from civilization, makes the park have an isolated feeling and ideal for a game view. But the park is just a short driving distance from Mombasa city; that way you can enjoy game viewing in the morning and in the evening and relax on the beach during the day; a wonderful combination while you are on a safari in Kenya Africa.
Tsavo East is home to Kenya’s famous big five, being one of the biggest game reserves in the world, Tsavo is home to a vast number of game animals. Compared to Tsavo west the east has a more open savannah grassland and shrubs covered hills with a true Kenyan jungle feel. At Tsavo East herds of elephant are always a familiar site, along with the Kanderi swamp near the Voi gate, but if you want to see the African lion in action you will have to drive deep into the park around Aruba dam on Tsavo river.
The terrain of Tsavo west compared to the east is more rugged with volcanic mountain ridges and swampy grassland savannahs; the park is more of wetland with mzima springs and Lake Jipe on this side of the park. The wetlands in Tsavo national park west attracts over 500 bird species, including ostriches, kestrels, buzzards, starlings, weaver birds, kingfishers, hornbills, secretary birds, and herons. Despite a large number of game animals on this side of the park most of them are hard to spot due to the tall grasslands. This side of the park is more developed and is where several lodges are located there is also the famous Mzima pool a popular hangout for hippos and crocodiles.
Things to do
Enjoy the under underwater viewing chamber at the Mzima where you can observe thousands of primordial looking fish
Yatta Plateau – The Yatta Plateau, the world’s longest lava flow, runs along the western boundary of the park above the Athi River. Its 290 km length was formed by lava from Ol Doinyo Sabuk Mountain.
Enjoy the Lugard Falls – Lugard Falls, named after Frederick Lugard, is actually a series of whitewater rapids on the Galana River.
Bird watching and game viewing – The Mudanda Rock is a 1.6 km inselberg of stratified rock that acts as a water catchment that supplies a natural dam below. It offers an excellent vantage point for the hundreds of elephants and other wildlife that come to drink during the dry season. Aruba Dam was built in 1952 across the Voi River. The reservoir created by the dam attracts many animals and water birds.