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 mammals including black rhino, Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, hippo and Masai lion. Other, smaller animals can also be spotted out on safari such as the bush baby, hartebeest, lesser kudu and Maasai giraffe.
This is a park with a whiff of legend about it, first for its famous man-eating lions in the late 19th century and then for its devastating levels of poaching in the 1980s. Despite the latter, an African safari to Tsavo is still plentiful in wildlife, though you’ll have to work a little harder for it as the foliage is generally denser and higher here than the open plains of the Mara. Pair this with Tsavo National Park’s wilderness and dramatic scenery, however, and you get one of Kenya’s most rewarding parks.
Welcome to an area of wild, untouched Kenya and a truly unique safari experience. Tsavo National Park is made up of two separate areas, Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park, which are located in the Coast Province of Kenya in between Nairobi and Mombasa. The slightly larger Tsavo East is generally flat, with dry plains across which the Galana River flows and is one of the oldest parks in Kenya. Other features include the Yatta Plateau and Lugard Falls.
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