What is Tsavo National Park Known for?


What is Tsavo National Park Known for? : Tsavo national park is situated in Kenya’s south-west, Tsavo is an enormous wilderness area that is Tsavo national park which is the Kenya’s biggest park and at 22,000km2 (13,671 miles) one of the world’s largest game sanctuaries. The park is 13,747 square kilometres, the Tsavo national park is situated in a semi-arid area previously known as the Taru Desert it opened in April 1948, and it is located near the town of Voi in the Taita-Taveta county of the former coast province. The Tsavo national park divided into Tsavo East and Tsavo West national parks sections by the A109 road and a railway. Named for the Tsavo River, which flows West to East through the national park, it borders the Chyulu Hills National Park, and the Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania. Tsavo National park makes up 4% of the Kenya’s land mass.

Tsavo National park is well known as the ‘theatre of the wild’ that is the Tsavo national park is the sight of the dust-red elephant wallowing, rolling and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River is one of the most evocative images in Africa. This, along with the 300 kilometres along the Yatta Plateau, the longest lava flow in the world standing at 300 km long, make for an adventure unlike any other in Tsavo East. The park forms the largest mammals, vast herds of dust-red elephant the Tsavo national park harbours around 12,000 elephants and over 10% of Africa’s great tuskers and the park also has got various animals which includes the, Rhino, Buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodiles, waterbucks, lesser kudu, gerenuk and the prolific bird life features 500 recorded bird species. Most of the animals in the Tsavo national park feeds on the scattered –trees and the scattered-tress and the shrub or the dwaft-trees grasslands, spp Dobera glabra and the Platycelyphium voense.

Tsavo West National Park

As it said that the park is split into two parts East and West national parks, Tsavo West national park covers 9000 square kilometres, bearing the scars of volcanic activity, such as outcrops and lava flows of which Shaitana, meaning ‘devil’ in Swahili is the most significant. Despite being the smaller of the two parks, it is visited more and is most famous for its Mzima Springs; a network of four unfeasibly clear natural springs that make the Chyulu Hills as their source. Providing much of Kenya’s water source, Mzima is also famous for under water hippo observation as well as the crocodiles and barbels. The Chaimu volcanic crater is another area of interest, particularly for birders who can witness eagles, buzzards and falcons, and it may be explored on foot through some excellent hiking trails, wildlife you might encounter in Tsavo West national park includes elephants, buffalo, lion, rhinos, cheetah, leopard, giraffe and zebra and the  scenery has instant appeal, with a mountainous backdrop and picturesque Lake Jipe on its Tanzanian edge.

What is Tsavo National Park Known for?
Tsavo West National Park animals

Best time to visit Tsavo West National Park.

Tsavo West National Park is best visited in the dry months from June to October and January to February, though the park can be visited any time of the year, but the wildlife viewing activity during the height of the wet season (November, April and May) is not recommended because here the animals cannot be seen and easily spotted compared to the dry season where you can be able to see the animals moving across the park, others at water hole shores to drink water.

How to get to Tsavo West Nairobi national park.

Tsavo West national park can be accessed into two different ways from the Nairobi city to Tsavo West national park.

By Road transport.

The road means the distance between Nairobi and Tsavo West national park is 348km, this takes you approximately 5hr 57min to drive from Nairobi to Tsavo West National park.

By Flight transport.

Safari link operates two daily flights to Tsavo west national park, landing at Kilaguni and Finch Hattons airstrips in the park and also at Ol Donyo Lodge airstrip in the Chyulu Hills, this takes around 30 minutes to reach to the park.

Tsavo East National Park.

As the much quieter of these two parks, Tsavo East national park is one of the world’s largest national park that is the park provides undeveloped wilderness homes to the vast numbers of animals, the Tsavo national park, however is where the whole herd of elephant roam the wilderness plains with no other sight or vehicle sound. Geographically one to consider for those looking to combine a safari with a stay on Kenya’s East coast, the landscape is flat with dry plains, cut by the Galana River. The Yatta plateau is one of the lofty exception, and at 100 feet high it is the world’s longest lava flow, Lugard’s Falls is a nother highlight, whole waters run like a series of rapids along the Galana. Amongst the wildlife found in the Tsavo East are the elephants which are there in the large herds and other animals found there are the black rhino,675 lions, giraffe, Grevy zebra, vervet monkey and Mongoose.

Best Time to visit Tsavo East National Park

The best time to visit the Tsavo East National Park is between June to October and January to February, that’s the when the park is best for the favorable wildlife watching and best for bird watching as well because the migratory birds can be seen during that period and also it’s the breeding period of the birds  so that time  is best to visit Tsavo East national park.

What is Tsavo National Park Known for?
Tsavo east national park facts

How to get to Tsavo East National Park

The Tsavo East national park can be accessed by both the Road and the railway transport.

By road transport.

Tsavo East is in southeast Kenya,325km/201 mi from Nairobi and 426km/265mi from Mombasa, you can drive to the reserve from Nairobi, Mombasa or another park depending on your itinerary, the distance from Nairobi to Tsavo East national park is 99mi on google map which takes around 7 hours 11 minutes’ hours.

By Flight transport.

There are no scheduled flights to Tsavo East national park, but there are several airstrips available for the chartered flight which takes 15minutes, on (800km/hr).

Tsavo National Park is one of the world’s largest national parks, providing undeveloped wilderness homes to vast number of mammals like the elephants which are the largest, as well as the lions which are popular there in the park and other more mammals, Tsavo national park ecosystem is the biggest Kenya safari destination in Kenya .

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