Tsavo National Park Animals
Tsavo national park animals are the key and primary attraction at the park. Game viewing is one of the most enjoyful activity that almost 90% of the tourists that come to the park come to do. The dream of not only African safari but Tsavo national park safari is achieved after doing successful game drives that exposes the guests to the large herds of animals at the park. Tsavo national park is one of the national parks in Kenya that are isolated and remotely located in the busy areas few kilometres away from the coastal area. The park is the largest national park in Kenya hence giving adequate room for the increasing population of animals at the park. It hosts a good number of animal species which are found in large numbers. The park is nicknamed as Theatre of wildlife or the land of man eaters due to its record-breaking of the population of animals.
Tsavo national park animals are permanent residents and this makes it possible for the travellers to enjoy game viewing throughout the year. Travellers are free to plan their Tsavo national park safari at any time of the year. The animals at the park are found in large numbers hence easily viewed at any time of the year. The park is dominated by the short grass of the Savannah grassland hence making game viewing wonderful activity that guests can do. Unlike some of the East African national parks like Serengeti national park of Tanzania, Masai Mara in Kenya which are famous of wildebeest migration. The two protected areas share the ecosystem that the animals follow as they move from time to time
The park is a home of more animal species that are mostly divided in two groups those are Carnivores and Herbivores. The popularity of the park is based on Carnivores and that is why it was sometimes called man-eaters. The park hosts a large population of predators (these are animals that survive or depend on flesh) The park is a home of all the big cats like Lions. Leopards, Cheetahs, Janet cats and many more. Other predators include Hyenas, Jackals, African wild dogs and many more. The other section of Tsavo national park animals are the herbivores (these are animals that depend on grass) which are sometimes known as grazers. These are the most dominant animals at the park that consists of over 60% of the total animal species found at the park. The majority are always easily visible at any time of the day or year during your game drives. The grazers include Giraffes, Elephants, Buffaloes, Gazelles, Kobs, Zebras, Wildebeests, topis, Eland, Kudu and others.
Tsavo national park animals also include the African big five especially the king of the juggle the Lions. The park homes more population and different prides of lions across the park. The lions dominate your game viewing experience. Other members of the African big five that are easily found at Tsavo national park include: Elephants, Leopards, Rhinos and Buffaloes. During your Tsavo national park safari, you expect to see the African big five especially if you use the reputable local tour operators who have got good driver guides. The hardest to spot always among the African big five are the leopards. These are very shay but dangerous animal among the family of the big cats. They like lazing much along the tops of the trees, if walking they stretch themselves to the level of the grass hence making it hard to be spotted.
The other set of Tsavo national park animals are the water animals. The river that cut across the park is a home of large number of hippos and crocodiles. Travellers can also enjoy viewing the large schools of hippos over the water pools. The hippos can be seen sun bathing in the mid-morning daily and during the sun set when they start moving outside the water to graze.
Guests also enjoy more game viewing experience through visiting the neighbouring ranches. This adds more opportunity to the guests to enjoy more animals at the park. The ranches are mostly good for the Rhino viewing which are all just a continuation of Tsavo national park
Best time for Tsavo national park animal viewing
Game viewing in this park is done throughout the year due to the favourable weather conditions. Also, the open savannah grassland which contains short grass makes the game viewing to be done any time of the year. The national open tracks that are found across the park has made it easy for the travellers to enjoy viewing the game at very close distance. The entire park is easily accessible especially by the 4 wheel drive cars. You must have open roof safari vans or cars that gives you clear views of the animals at your comfort of the car. The Tsavo national park animals are all permanent residents hence making it possible for the game viewing activities to be done throughout the year
Unlike the birding which is best done during the rainy season, Game viewing is the opposite. It is excellently done during the dry season of the year with its climax around July every year. If interested of both animals and birds then come during the rainy season so that you kill two birds using one stone. During the rainy season, even the animals are easily seen hence making you game drives very short but much rewarding compared to the crowded time of the dry season.
Apart from Tsavo national park animals, the park also homes over 400 bird species. This gives the guests a wide range of options to enjoy while on their Tsavo national park safari. The long list of the bird species can be achieved for the guests who would wish to spend more days at the park
When planning for a great view of Tsavo national park animals, one has to have preliminary information of the kind of animals that are found at the park. Our detailed articles about the park on Attractions, Activities, location helps travellers who are planning their first trips to Africa. This will help and guide you on the expectations from your Kenya safari. The kind of animals that are found in specific national park and finally the park to choose depending on the specific animals you want to see.