26 Apr
26Apr

Tsavo West National Park is a renowned national park located in Makueni County, Kenya, covering an area of 9,065 square kilometers. This park is known for its diverse wildlife, including eastern black rhinoceros, hippopotamus, Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, and lion, as well as other smaller animals like the bushbaby, hartebeest, lesser kudu, and Masai giraffe


 The park is characterized by its magnificent scenery, rich wildlife, good road system, rhino reserve, rock climbing opportunities, and guided walks along the Tsavo River. It is part of the Tsavo Conservation Area and is operated by the Kenya Wildlife Service


Historically, Tsavo West has evidence of a thriving Late Stone Age economy dating back 6,000 to 1,300 years ago, with archaeological sites showing a focus on riparian areas and rock shelters due to limited water availability away from the Galana River. The park has a significant history related to the construction of the Uganda Railway in 1898, where the infamous "Maneaters of Tsavo," a pair of lions, killed a number of workers before being shot by Lt.-Col. John Henry Patterson


Tsavo West National Park is a biodiversity stronghold, home to the African big five (lions, elephants, buffalo, rhinos, and leopards) and other wildlife like giraffes, zebras, hyenas, cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles, and various bird species, including rare ones like the Corncrake and Basra reed warbler


The park's attractions include the Mzima Springs, Shetani lava flows, and unique landscapes with savannah grasslands, Acacia woodlands, scrublands, rocky ridges, and riverine vegetation. Visitors can access the park by road or flights, with various gates for entry and airstrips within the park for convenience