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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.

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.

PERSONNEL ON CALL

  • The Warden

SAFARICARD REQUIRED?

  • Entry is by SafariCard only. Safaricards may be loaded – but not obtained at Mtito Andei Gate

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.

WHERE TO STAY

  • In- Park Accommodation
    • Ngulia Safari Lodge
    • Kilaguni Safari Serena Lodge
    • Kitani Severin Safari Camp/ Lodge
    • Finch Hatton’s Tented Lodge
    • Voyager Safari Camp
  • Self – Catering Accomodation:
    • Kamboyo Guest House: Former Warden’s House; 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a caretaker
    • Lake Jipe Bandas: 3 self-catering Bandas.
  • Camping
    • 3 public campsites (offering water and latrines only) as follows; Kamboyo campsite (8 km from Mtito Andei Gate), Chyulu Campsite (1 km from Chyulu Gate) and Lake Jipe Campsite (on the lake shore)
    • A wide variety of ‘special campsite’ (no facilities) exist and must be booked in advance through the wawrden or KWS HQs

ACTIVITY OPTIONS

  • Game viewing
  • Camping
  • Cave exploration
  • Underwater Hippo and fish watching
  • Caving at the Shetani caves

BEST TIME TO VISIT

  • All year round

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

  • Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks

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