Tsavo National Park Safari
Tsavo national park safari is one of the best wildlife experiencing Kenya wildlife safari that every guest would wish to enjoy. An African safari is a lifetime wildlife experience that is based on African big five. The African big five are not as big as the name say but they mean the most challenging animals that African and international hunters have ever met. The Tsavo national park safari is complete wildlife safari that gives guests a chance to observe all the African big five (Lions, leopards, Elephants, Buffaloes and Rhinos).
The trip takes you to the land of the man-eaters (lions) Tsavo national park which was nicknamed by the railway contractor who built a railway line that crosses the park in the middle. During the construction, they faced more challenging life where most of the contractors were eaten up by wildlife especially lions. Tsavo national park from that time gained popularity and become one of the famous national parks not only in Kenya but entire world. The park was later divided in to two after the construction of the highway and the railway across the park. The Tsavo national park is made up of Tsavo East national park and Tsavo west national park. The park is one of the oldest national parks in Kenya that was established in April 1948. Tsavo East was nicknamed as “the theatre of Wildlife” and Tsavo West was named as “the land of Man eaters”.
The large size of the Tsavo national park is dominated by different vegetation cover that ranges from the Open savannah grassland to the rocky kopjes around the park. The different habitants around the park has contributed greatly to the different wildlife species found at the park. The large size of the park has directly influenced on the number of days that one can spend to fully enjoy the great Tsavo national park tour. Its always recommended for three to five days safari. Besides the different wildlife at the park, the park hosts wildlife in large numbers hence making the guests enjoy more during their game drives at the park. The key activity during your Tsavo national park safari is game viewing. You can enjoy viewing as many wildlife as possible during your game drives at the park. The game drives are done in the morning and later in the evening.
During your game viewing time, guests are advised to use open roof cars and remain inside the car. You can get close to the animals but very quietly with a maximum distance to be observed. Travellers who normally come for the Tsavo national park safari come mainly for wildlife viewing. Besides the African big five other animals found at the park include: Cheetahs, Gazelles, Kobs, Hyenas, Wildebeest, Giraffes, Zebras, Topis and many more.
Game viewing at Tsavo national park is good throughout the year though the most preferred time is during the dry season of the year. The park like any other national park of Kenya experiences two dry seasons one which is longer starts from June to October and the other is from December to Feb each year. The dry months are considered to be peak season in Kenya hence the parks are mostly crowded and most good Tsavo national lodges are fully booked months to the time of the dry season.
Birding safaris are the other most common packages of Tsavo national park tour. The park is also known as birding paradise due to high concentration of bird species at the park. The park is remotely located in busy savannahs that hosts more plain birds in large numbers. Accessing and ticking on your long list of birds is very easy. The remote location of the park far away from large cities has made it less accessible by many guests hence less crowded. The low number of visitors to the park has made the ecosystem of the park more stable for the long time. Unlike game viewing, birding is the opposite in terms of the best time of doing the birding. The best time of birding across the world is during the breeding season. The birds breed during the rainy season that is from March to May and later in November. This is the time Tsavo receives more immigrants across the world which come to the park for breeding. Birding safaris are always patient, slow but sure, you need to give ample time if you need to achieve the long list of the park. The park homes over 400 bird species with majority being the permanent residents at the park. The list of birds in Tsavo include: Love birds, Hartlaub’s bustard, Egrets, Herons, pamgani longclaw, Pelicans, steel-blue whydah, Famlingo, Crowned cranes, Ostriches, von der decken’s hornbill, Secretary birds, White-bellied goway bird, Starlings and many more. Tsavo national park birding safari are the highlights of Kenya safaris that guests come and enjoy. Its location near the coastal area makes the park one of the great breeding places in Kenya. The warm and wet weather attracts more European immigrants who spend more time at the park before they return back to their homeland. When planning for Tsavo national park safari for birding then have good parking list like binoculars, sun hat, sun glasses, good clothing that favors the environment and many more. Birding needs you to use reputable tour operators that have good birding guides. The birding safaris are tricky as even your own dress code can make you miss seeing more birds as there are some colors that birds fear and they fly away.
Tsavo national park tour are mostly started from Mombasa or any party of the coastal areas. It takes few hours’ drive if you’re in the coastal area than starting it from the central part of Kenya in Nairobi. Its also a good connecting safari to Amboseli national park. Amboseli national park is one of the premier national parks in Kenya which are very popular. Its Southern gates are easily accessed from the Tsavo national parks. The package can also start from Nairobi with a stop at Amboseli national park then connect to Tsavo national park.
In nutshell, Tsavo national park safari takes you to the theatre of wildlife. This package can be done any time of the year. It’s also the best combination of coastal safari with wildlife safari. Achieve your dream of viewing African big five with a visit of only one national park with our Tsavo national park safari.