Parks

Aberdare National Park

Amboseli National Park

Chyulu Hills National Park

Hell's Gate National Park

Kakamega Forest

Lake Bogoria National Reserve

Lake Nakuru National Park

Longonot National Park

Marsabit National Park & Reserve

Masai Mara Game Reserve

Meru National Park

Mt. Elgon National Park

Mt. Kenya National Park

Nairobi National Park

Saiwa Swamp National Park

Samburu, Buffalo Springs & Shaba National Park

Shimba Hills Game Reserve

Tana River Primate National Reserve

Tsavo National Park.

General Information
Tsavo National Park to many is mostly associated with the 'man-eaters of Tsavo', which has been documented on and produced as a movie. However not all is doom and gloom in the park. Tsavo West borders the south Serengeti plains in Tanzania and is home to many animals as altitude levels are conducive. Tsavo in general is divided into Tsavo East and Tsavo West; the Mombasa- Nairobi highway marks the separation.

Tsavo west is famous for its Mzima springs which has an observation point underwater for viewing hippos and crocodiles. The park is conducive for expeditions on foot or for trekking. Most Tsavo lodges and camps are conveniently situated inside the national park. The park was opened in April 1948 and covers an area of 9,000square kilometer and is situated in southern Kenya.

Tsavo's inhabitants are mainly the Bantu- speaking Akamba have still held one to the traditional practices such as circumcision making them a cultural attraction.

Getting There
There are two gates that lead to the park, chyulu gate form Amboseli and Mtito Andei from Mombasa. The park can also be reached via Taveta- Sipe road. Kamboyo, Kilagrui, Tsavo Gate and Maxtar airstrips are also at service.

Major Attraction

The star attraction of the park would have to be what lies beneath Mzima Springs. The natural spring waters have within them a viewing point to see crocodiles and hippos.

There is a wide range of animals to be seen enhanced by the neighboring Southern Serengeti Plains from where animals migrate in search of food, water or simply change of environment. Game includes: leopard, cheetah, buffalo, rhinos, elephant, giraffes, zebra, lions, crocodiles and hippos. Smaller animals include hyrax, mongoose, dik dik.

Habitat diversification is also an attraction as Tsavo is outlined by mountains, forests, rivers, plains and wooded grassland. Mount kilimanjaro can be observed in the horizon. Over 500 bird species have been identified in the park and as the park is excellent for taking walks, visitors are able to capture the sight of flying birds.

Rhinos were once in abundance in the park but due to illegal poaching, their numbers have greatly reduced. This has given rise to the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, which acts as a safe haven for them. Rhino- lovers would appreciate this.

The park is host to a number of caves and due to its easy accessibility on foot, visitors can visit these along with the Shetani Lava Flow and the Chaimu Volcanic crater. Plentiful accommodation is available in the park.

Features summary

Sweeping plains & ancient volcanic cones, Big five

Activities

Wildlife drives, rock climbing, walking

Best time to visit

Year-round

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