Tsavo national park size : Tsavo national park is situated in Kenya’s south west, Tsavo is an enormous wilderness area that has been divided into Tsavo East and Tsavo West National parks. Combined, Tsavo is Kenya’s biggest park and at 22,000km2 (13,671 miles) one of the world’s largest game sanctuaries. Located in coast province of Kenya between Nairobi city and Mombasa. Tsavo national park is famous for its red elephants. The park is a home to most of the larger mammals, vast herd of dust- red elephants, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, lesser kudu, Gerenuk and Hirola, the park also the prolific bird life features 500 recorded species. Tsavo national park is particularly well known for its large herds of elephants and captivating landscapes. Tsavo national park is one of the less populated game areas in Kenya and is perfect for those who want to enjoy a pristine wildlife experience.
Size of Tsavo national park
Tsavo is nearly 22,000km2(13,671 miles) being the largest national park and one of the largest in the world. The park was split into two due to the railway going from Mombasa to the interior of Kenya. The park is 290km length was formed by lava from Ol Doinyo Sabuk Mountain.
The park is one of the oldest parks in Kenya, located South East of Kenya near the Town of Voi in the Taita-Taveta district of coast province, inland from the coast, it is 13,747sq.km.While the Tsavo West national park is also located in the coast province of Kenya covering an area of 9,065 sq.km.The park was opened in April 1948 April.
Tsavo East features
The slightly larger Tsavo, Tsavo East is generally flat, with dry plains across which the Galana Rivers flows. Other features include the Yatta plateau and Lugard falls. Tsavo East is one of the oldest parks. Moreover it is the largest national park in Kenya and together with Tsavo West covers just over 20,000 square kilometers and covering a distance of over 300 kilometers or 4 % of Kenya. Furthermore also it has more biodiversity than any other park globally, as it marks the meeting point between northern and southern wildlife. It is approximately 9 times bigger than the Masai Mara and well known for its maneless lions, big herds of red dust- covered elephants and cheetah.
Tsavo West Features
Tsavo West National park is more mountainous and wetter than its counterpart, with swamps, Lake Jipe and the Mzima springs. It is known for bird life and for its large mammal’s for example black rhino, Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, hippo and Masai lion. There are also other smaller animals that can be spotted in the park, such as the bush baby, hartebeest, lesser kudu and Maasai giraffe. Tsavo west is located in the coast province of Kenya and covers an area of 9,065 square kilometers, the road A109 Nairobi-Mombasa and rill divides it from the adjoining Tsavo national park.
Where to stay in Tsavo national park.
The park has modes of accommodation with well facilitated services according to which type of accommodation you would like to have.
Satao camp. It’s an unfenced tented camp in the heart of Tsavo East national park in Kenya, it offers a unique and authentic safari experience. The camp is having 20 rooms.
Kilaguni Serena safari lodge, Is one of the first lodges built in the park situated in the view of Mount Kilimanjaro.It has 58 rooms. Others include Lake Jipe safari camp, Voyager Ziwana safari camp, and Leopard lodge among others.
Lions Bluff Lodge, This accommodation is set within 48,000 at Lumo conservancy Wildlife sanctuary. The lodge has 6 rooms.
Other places for mid-range accommodation includes Voi wildlife lodge, Asnil Aruba lodge, Red elephants safari lodge, severin safari lodge.
Luxury accommodations include Finch Hatton’s, Savora salt lick lodge, Rhino valley lodge, Kiboko camp, Satao camp and many others.
How to get to Tsavo national park.
Tsavo national park can be accessed by road and air means.
- By Air/flight transport.
Tsavo national park can be accessed by the several daily charter flights that are used. The domestic flights depart from Wilson airport in Nairobi, Mombasa airport and other domestic airstrips.
The park has more strips that are distributed both in Tsavo East national park and Tsavo West national park. The airstrips include, Satao Airstrip, Tsavo Gate airstrip, Jipe airstrip, Bachuma airstrip, Mopo Airstrip, Kamboyo airstrip and among others. Some of the airstrips are located inside the park others located a few kilometers away from the park but near the park gates.
Domestic chattered flights can be booked by traveler or use local your operator who would give you all inclusive Tsavo national flight safari.
By Road transport.
The gate can be accessed from Nairobi-Mombasa. The construction of the highway has made it easy for the travelers to access the park by both public and private means which take s6 to 7 hours’ drive using the Nairobi-Mombasa highway. The buses drop you just at the gate entry where you can now enter immediately in the park.
You can alternatively use the public railway that operates daily from the capital city Nairobi to Mombasa. The park is among the few national parks in Africa which can be accessed easily by the cheapest mode of transport by railway. Railway means of transport passes through different villages hence giving you true experience of Kenyan rural life. Depending on where the traveler will be starting his or her safari from within Kenya boundaries. The park has various gates where you take to reach the gate for example Chyulu gate, Voi gate, Mtiti gate, Manyani gate, Bachuma gate, Sala gate, Man eaters gate and among others.
The park is considered as one of the world’s biodiversity strongholds, and its popularity is mostly due to the vast amounts of diverse wildlife than can be seen, including the famous big five consisting the lion, black rhino, cape buffalo, elephant and leopard. And a highlight of Tsavo national park is the spectacular Mzima springs, where crystal clear water flows through the rock.