Tsavo National Park Attractions
Tsavo National park attractions are the key things that travellers come and experience while doing the best Tsavo national park safari. Tsavo national park which is a combination of two national parks that are found in the coastal province. The park is the largest national park in Kenya covering a total land area of around 22,812 square kilometres. The park is made up of two national parks those are Tsavo West national park and Tsavo East national park.
Tsavo West national park which is known as the “land of Lava, springs, Man-eaters and Magical Sunset” Tsavo West is the second largest national park in Kenya covering a total land Area of 9,065 square kilometres. Tsavo West national park is a rocky park that is characterised by the rugged wilderness, scrublands, Acacia woodlands and many more vegetation covers.
Tsavo East national park is the largest national park in Kenya covering the total land area of 13747 kilometres squared. The park is considered as the land of great wilderness experience. Its covered with rocky bushes that are mostly dominated by the open savannah grassland, Acacia forests, riverine vegetation and others.
The two national parks are divided by the highway that crosses the park in the middle running from the Nairobi town to the coastal province in Mombasa. The combination of the two parks has made the park one of the best national park in Kenya. The attractions in both parks has greatly contributed to the wide range of Tsavo National park attractions. When giving highlights of the Tsavo National park attractions we give the attractions from both Tsavo East and Tsavo West national parks.
The attractions in both parks are almost the same but with some differences due to the different characteristics of the two parks in regards to the topography. The Tsavo West national park is more mountainous and wetter than the Tsavo East national park. The main draining river to Tsavo national park is the Tsavo River which cuts the park in the middle. The Tsavo East is also drained by the Galana River.
Below are some of the key Tsavo National park attractions that guests must experience when in their Tsavo National park Safari. The park is one of the best choice for the travellers who would wish to achieve their dream of lifetime wildlife experience. The park is a home of all the African big five with the rare black Rhinos also available. The big cats are unmisable while at the park. The park hosts the big game in large numbers like Elephants, Lions, Leopards, Buffaloes, Black and White Rhinos, zebras, rare antelopes, wildebeests, Hyenas, African wild Dogs mention but a few. The park can be visited any time of the year though the best time of visiting Tsavo National park is during the dry season of the year that starts from June To October. The park is easily accessed by the travellers through the highway. The park is now popular after the man eating lions that attacked the contractors during the construction of Railway line. Tsavo national parks in a home of the birds with over 400 bird species. The key birds seen are Starlings, Ostriches, Marabou stork, secretary birds, love birds mention but a few.
- Mudanda Rock: Mudanda Rock is one of the most popular Tsavo National park attractions. The mountain stands out as the best scenery located in the center of the park near the Manyani gate. The mountain is also the water catchment area that most wildlife come to quench their thirst. The travellers come and hike the mountain as well as viewing the wildlife through the game drives.
- Yatta plateau: This is the world’s longest lava flow, its great Tsavo National park attractions. Located in between the two rivers of Tiva river and River Athi, the plateau is shallow and wide with spaced valleys. The plateau is formed from the lava flows which originates from Ol donyo Sabuk Mountains.
- Lugard Falls: Formed from the long Galana river through the rocky surfaces of the cold lava. The falls was named after the European explorer Lord Fredrick Lugard who passed through the park. The rapids are very steep and powerful due to the high interruption of the water flow by the rocks.
- Aruba Dam: The dam is located near the Voi Gate and it’s a water catchment area where more wildlife go for water. The dam is artificial dam that is constructed by the park authorities.
- Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary: This is the only place where travellers enjoy the great views of the rare black rhinos. The park has over 20 individuals of the black rhinos, it was established in 1986. The main aim of the establishment of the sanctuary was to protect and conserve the black rhinos. The sanctuary covers a total area of 80 square kilometres well fenced at the foot hills of Ngulia hills. With over 80 kilometres the rhinos are easily seen during your safari at Tsavo national park.
- Mzima Springs: Mazima springs are some of the Tsavo National park attractions. The springs are the key attractions at the park which you should not miss when in Tsavo national park. The springs are made up of 4 natural springs situated in the West of Tsavo national park. Its only 48 kilometres from the Mitto Andei town in Makueni county. The Mzima Springs originates from the Chyulu hills which are composed of the various volcanic lava rocks. The springs are a home of large schools of hippos and crocodiles. The great film of Alan and Joan Root’s which was documented in 1969 was taken from Mzima Springs.
- Shetani lava: Shetani lavai is located near the Chyulu gate which is used by the Amboseli national park route. The lava covers around 50 kilometres long. The lava flow was formed hundreds of years ago when the eruption occurred. The lava has the historical attachment as the locals believe that the lava was formed by the devil locally known as “Shetani” hence deriving its name from that. Its one of the best places not to miss during the Safari to Tsavo national park.
- Roaring rocks: These are the rocks where the Lions are easily viewed, it got its name from the sound of the lions “roar” as the lions like roaring from this spot. This point is popular as the point where the lion king Mufasa hold the Simba. It’s the nbest spot for viewing lions at the park.
- Poacher’s hill: This is also called the Poacher’s outlook, its in the centre of the park where you can see any corner of Tsavo national park at 360 degrees. The hill was originally used by poachers for spotting the game that is why it was named the poacher’s hill or poacher’s outlook.
Other Tsavo National park attractions include Chaimu hills, Chyulu Hills and many more. The size of the park gives an added advantage to the wide range of wildlife as well as birds.