Tsavo West National Park

The park is located on south eastern Kenya, 240km from Nairobi along the western side of Mombasa-Nairobi highway. The savannah ecosystem comprises of open grasslands, scrublands, and Acacia woodlands, belts of riverine vegetation and rocky ridges.

Major wildlife attractions include elephant, rhino, Hippos, lions, cheetah, leopards, Buffaloes, diverse plant and bird species including the threatened corncrake and near threatened Basra Reed Warbler.

 

ACCESS

Distance: 240 km from Nairobi, 250km from Mombasa (Mtito Andei Gate).

By air There are 3 airstrips in the park

Gates: Tsavo, Lake Jipe, Mtito Andei (Kamboyo HQ), Chyulu, Maktau and Ziwani.

Roads: The main access routes are through Chyulu Gate from Amboseli and Mtito Andei Gate from Nairobi.

Visitors from Mombasa also use Tsavo Gate near Manyani.

The Park can also be reached via Taveta –Voi road through Maktau, Ziwani and Jipe Gates.

Airstrips: Kamboyo, Kilaguni, Tsavo Gate, Jipe, Kasigau,Finch Hottons, Ziwani, and Maktau airstrips are in good.

SIZE / LOCATION

9065 Km2.

South Eastern Kenya, Inland from Mombasa

CLIMATE

Temperature ranges from 20-30 c and rainfall from 200mm – 700 mm.

Two rain seasons: Long rains – March & April & short rains – Nov/ December.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

Recent Volcanoes, lava flows and caves with potential for geological and cave exploration and hiking. Mzima Springs & underwater hippo and fish watching,

WILDLIFE

Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dogs, Buffalo, Rhino, Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Lion,Crocodile, Mongoose, Hyrax, Dik- dik, Lesser Kudu, and Nocturnal Porcupine. Prolific birdlife features 600 species.

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