Although Tsavo West and Tsavo East were once a single mega-park, but they feel like quite distinct national parks with different eco-systems: the open, flat-to-undulating plains and scattered bush of Tsavo East National Park and the much more wooded, hilly landscapes, dotted with volcanic cones and dramatic, black lava flows, that characterise Tsavo West National Park.
The rugged landscape of Tsavo West is the result of both old and more recent volcanic activity. The park consists of savannah interspersed with open plains, grassland, savannah, mountains, semi-desert, cliffs and volcanic ridges.
The Ngulia Hills even reach up to 1830 m altitude. Because these heights there are several places with great vantage points. Tsavo West is best known for Mzima Springs, the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, the lava landscape and the ability to climb mountains. In the rainy season the park turns into a green landscape.
During the 1st World War Tsavo West was a major battleground when British and German troops fought for power. In some places are memorials that remind us of that time.
Tsavo West Map
Every day millions of gallons of water flow under the ground of the Chyulu Hills to end up at the Mzima Springs to emerge. From the parking lot you will be escorted to the wells by a ranger. It is a popular place for hippos, crocodiles and various (water) birds.
There is an underwater observatory where you can see a variety of fish through the crystal clear water. Mzima Springs is of great importance to Mombasa and other places in the area. A pipeline connects the sources of the cities and provides them with fresh water.
Tsavo West Safari Tours
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Tsavo West Accommodations
Oranje safari offers Accommodations in Tsavo West. Tented camps but also Lodges you can view them below.