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Tsavo National Park

TSAVO STAYS? SORTED.

Located halfway between Nairobi and Mombasa, Tsavo serves up stunning scenery, incredible birdwatching, and ‘Big Five’ game-viewing. Tsavo holidays allow you to immerse yourself in Kenya’s wilderness. Tsavo National park is actually made up of two parks. There’s the 5,300-square-mile East Park – one of the oldest parks in Kenya – and the smaller West Park, which spans 3,500 square miles. Whichever one you visit, you can easily add on an all-inclusive beach stay on the coast, as Mombasa is just a three-hour drive away.

 

On a Tsavo holiday, you’ll have the chance to see huge herds of elephants wandering the plains and grasslands. Discover some of Kenya’s largest prides of lions and visit the park’s plentiful rivers, lakes and watering holes to find hippos, crocodiles, and the diverse wildlife attracted by the cool waters.

You’ll also see acacia trees dotted across the vast wilderness, while the land’s distinctive red dust floats across the landscape and settles on the grazing animals.

 

Sandy beaches join the thick vegetation which grows along Tsavo’s rivers, creating vibrant ecosystems for fantastic viewing. And volcanic landscapes – from the 185-mile-long Yatta Plateau to the Shetani Lava Flow – offer intriguing terrain, peppered with clear pools and cave systems.

 

You can spot hundreds of birds and fish species, as well as gazelle, zebra, buffalo, hyena and impala. And, if you’re lucky enough, you’ll see elusive big cats such as leopards and cheetah. Look out for endangered black rhino and hirola – the “four-eyed antelope” – that have been offered a home to regrow their population, safely inside the protected boundaries of Tsavo National Park.

 

Whether you’re just passing through, or travelling deep into the region for a quieter, more exclusive safari experience, Tsavo National Park is one of Kenya’s most convenient hidden gems. Speak to our Travel Specialists to find out more.

Things to do in Tsavo

Tsavo West

Tsavo East

Best time to visit Tsavo

Things to do in Tsavo

Marvel at the incredible backdrops of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Yatta Plateau as you tour the rich wildlife and striking scenery of Tsavo East and West. You can visit the clearwater pools of Mzima Springs, or explore the caves and moon-like rocks of the Shetani Lava Flow. Take in the power of nature at the Lugard Falls rapids. Get up close with endangered black rhino at the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary beside the jagged ridgeline of Ngulia Hills. Climb the roaring rocks at Chaimu Crater for stunning views of Chyulu Hills. Or, for some a little more relaxed, take a guided boat trip around Lake Jipe in search of wild hippos and crocodiles.

Want to see the park’s amazing wildlife? Discover the best game-viewing Tsavo East has to offer when you join a Four Day Mombasa Safari – then call into Amboseli National Park on your way to Taita Hills Game Sanctuary.

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Tsavo West

Sitting in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, the smaller but more cultivated side of the vast Tsavo National Park is all about variety. You can see ancient baobab trees scattered across the north of Tsavo West, some of which are thought to be almost a thousand years old. Follow the acacia woodland along the banks of the Tsavo River, until the terrain opens up into sprawling plains.

You can discover Mzima Springs, where 58 million gallons of crystal clear water fills an oasis of pools, connected by underground streams. It’s a great spot for wildlife-watching, as the waters attract hippos, crocodiles, monkeys, an array of colourful fish, and huge flocks of birds. Climb the striking black rocks of the Shetani Lava Flow, formed from eruptions more than two centuries before, and watch for hyenas as you descend into the caves below. And admire the many views of the park from the peak of Poacher’s Lookout.

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Tsavo East

A three-hour drive from the white sands of Mombasa’s beaches, Tsvao East is the larger yet less-explored park. You can travel along the Galana River, as it draws a lush green line through the rugged scrubland and plains, attracting wildlife to its waters all year round.

Discover the dramatic white water rapids of Lugard Falls as the river cascades over rocks, sending spray into the hot air and across the banks beside. Once home to the two infamous ‘Tsavo Man-Eater’ lions – who terrorised railway workers at the end of the 19th century – Tsavo East is still home to some of Kenya's largest lion prides, as well as the country’s biggest herds of elephants. You might also see endangered species, including Africa’s largest unfenced black rhino population and a protected group of the incredibly rare hirola antelope.

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Best time to visit Tsavo

The extraordinary scenery and ‘Big Five’ game-viewing of Tsavo National Park can be enjoyed all year round. But the long dry season from June to October is the best time to go, as you can enjoy warm days and great safaris. Daytime temperatures during this summer period can rise above 30°C, while nights are cooler with refreshing temperatures in the high-teens.

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November brings the rains, which can make wildlife-watching difficult – but it starts the process of turning the park’s foliage thicker and greener, which creates beautiful scenery. There’s another short dry period between January and March, when the skies clear and the landscape basks in sunshine. Birdwatchers will love Tsavo holidays the spring, as migrations bring dozens of species to the park before the long dry days return once more towards the end of May.

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Things to do in Tsavo

Things to do in Tsavo

Marvel at the incredible backdrops of Mount Kilimanjaro and the Yatta Plateau as you tour the rich wildlife and striking scenery of Tsavo East and West. You can visit the clearwater pools of Mzima Springs, or explore the caves and moon-like rocks of the Shetani Lava Flow. Take in the power of nature at the Lugard Falls rapids. Get up close with endangered black rhino at the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary beside the jagged ridgeline of Ngulia Hills. Climb the roaring rocks at Chaimu Crater for stunning views of Chyulu Hills. Or, for some a little more relaxed, take a guided boat trip around Lake Jipe in search of wild hippos and crocodiles.

Want to see the park’s amazing wildlife? Discover the best game-viewing Tsavo East has to offer when you join a Four Day Mombasa Safari – then call into Amboseli National Park on your way to Taita Hills Game Sanctuary.

Show More
Show Less

Tsavo West

Tsavo West

Sitting in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, the smaller but more cultivated side of the vast Tsavo National Park is all about variety. You can see ancient baobab trees scattered across the north of Tsavo West, some of which are thought to be almost a thousand years old. Follow the acacia woodland along the banks of the Tsavo River, until the terrain opens up into sprawling plains.

You can discover Mzima Springs, where 58 million gallons of crystal clear water fills an oasis of pools, connected by underground streams. It’s a great spot for wildlife-watching, as the waters attract hippos, crocodiles, monkeys, an array of colourful fish, and huge flocks of birds. Climb the striking black rocks of the Shetani Lava Flow, formed from eruptions more than two centuries before, and watch for hyenas as you descend into the caves below. And admire the many views of the park from the peak of Poacher’s Lookout.

Show More
Show Less

Tsavo East

Tsavo East

A three-hour drive from the white sands of Mombasa’s beaches, Tsvao East is the larger yet less-explored park. You can travel along the Galana River, as it draws a lush green line through the rugged scrubland and plains, attracting wildlife to its waters all year round.

Discover the dramatic white water rapids of Lugard Falls as the river cascades over rocks, sending spray into the hot air and across the banks beside. Once home to the two infamous ‘Tsavo Man-Eater’ lions – who terrorised railway workers at the end of the 19th century – Tsavo East is still home to some of Kenya's largest lion prides, as well as the country’s biggest herds of elephants. You might also see endangered species, including Africa’s largest unfenced black rhino population and a protected group of the incredibly rare hirola antelope.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to visit Tsavo

Best time to visit Tsavo

The extraordinary scenery and ‘Big Five’ game-viewing of Tsavo National Park can be enjoyed all year round. But the long dry season from June to October is the best time to go, as you can enjoy warm days and great safaris. Daytime temperatures during this summer period can rise above 30°C, while nights are cooler with refreshing temperatures in the high-teens.

Show More
Show Less

November brings the rains, which can make wildlife-watching difficult – but it starts the process of turning the park’s foliage thicker and greener, which creates beautiful scenery. There’s another short dry period between January and March, when the skies clear and the landscape basks in sunshine. Birdwatchers will love Tsavo holidays the spring, as migrations bring dozens of species to the park before the long dry days return once more towards the end of May.

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