Tsavo National Park Guide
The Tsavo National Parks are one of the oldest parks in Kenya. In this post, I give you a guide on what to expect in terms of where to stay and the kind of animals you will see on your next visit.
Tsavo West National Park
You will agree with me that the Tsavo West National Park is not normally on your to visit wish list. For most travellers, it’s either a means to an end, a shortcut between Taveta and Mtito Andei. Getting to Tsavo west, you will drive from Nairobi to Sultan Hamud then to Hunters Lodge then to Mtito Andei. Just before you get there, you can take a break at the old Tsavo Inn in Mtito Andei. It is located right across the road from the park entrance. Roads in the park are suitable for all types of vehicles and no four-wheel drive is necessary.
There is an alternative to driving to the Tsavo from both Nairobi and Mombasa. You can opt to fly with Safarilink with daily flights from Nairobi. There is a map for sale available at the gate and it corresponds well with the park’s numbered signposts making navigation through the parking stress-free.
The game drives here are interesting as you will get to see the lesser kudu, numerous impala, oryx, the gerenuk, elephant, eland, buffalo, dik-dik, crocodile, hippo, ostrich, Grant’s gazelle, bushbuck, duiker, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, baboon, vervet and sykes, monkey, hartebeest, warthog, lion, leopard.
Here are more details on current park entry fees to Tsavo West National Park
Where To Stay
One of the places to stay at Tsavo West National Park is Severin Safari Camp. The tents are really comfortable, spacious and tastefully furnished with wonderful views of miles and miles of Africa with the Mt. Kilimanjaro as a beautiful backdrop. There are small waterholes in front of the tents and the main building that houses the dining area, bar, reception and shop attract animals throughout the night.
The bar and lounge are great places to meet, relax and tell stories after a day’s safari. The lodge offers delightful menus with a good choice of delicious hot and well-presented meals. Other accommodation options include the Finch Hattons that is a longtime favourite of many guests at the park. It is considered the best-tented camp in East Africa. A magnificent location situated around a series of beautiful springs. It’s luxurious and far from the madding crowd.
Kilaguni Serena has 56 rooms, a swimming pool, and conference facilities. It has wonderful views from its bar and dining terrace overlooking a very active waterhole.
Kitani Bandas is a self- catering accommodation option that was built in the early 1950s and the first accommodation built in Tsavo. The property has been renovated with a sensitivity to its original design. The bandas stock basic items for self-caterers.
Voyager Ziwani Camp is located on the southwest adjoining the park on a private thirty thousand acre conservancy. On the banks of a river, the camp offers a high level of privacy and is popular with couples.
Tsavo East National Park
Tsavo East National Park is one of Kenya’s oldest and largest park and lies in a semi-arid area that was previously known as Taru Desert. The park is known as the place where Stone Age sites have been recovered with evidence of a thriving Stone Age economy from as early as 6,000 years ago.
This park is one of the last great tracts of wilderness on earth. Much of it is so wild, so far off the beaten track that it’s only visited by the rangers of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). Closer to the park you will see a circuit of roads bustling with tourism vehicles.
Explore the park to a unique area called Mudanda Rock, get a guide in advance to take you through rusty red tracks which seem treacherous. Some of the paths are blocked by trees newly felled by elephants while others have been washed away by the recent rains.
The Mudanda Rock is a huge whale of pinkish-red stone that rises unexpectedly out of the bush with a flight of steps cut into its huge flank. The area looks like a stairway to the stars. At the foot of the steps is a signboard with more information about Mudanda Rock.
Mudanda Rock is up to 4,550 million years old and a favourite place for leopards and elephants. Mudanda according to the locals means a place of dried meat. The rock is massive and runs for 1.5km and at the peak adorns the colours pink and purple. From here you can see the Galana River as it snakes through the Yatta Plateau.
Here are more details on current park entry fees to Tsavo East National Park
Where To Stay
Aruba Ashnil is located next to a watering hole, giving you a chance to see zebras and wildebeests grazing. The views overlooking the Tsavo East National Park are breathtaking
Epiya Chapeya Tented Camp is your perfect bush experience. The tents are huge with spacious bathrooms. The camp is located right next to the river and you will experience hippos conversing. The camp is situated along the banks of Galana River. Enjoy a great Italian menu with mini pizza servings and drinks as dinner appetizers.
Kilalinda Lodge – The lodge offers interesting activities such as water rafting and Game Park walks. You also have an opportunity to sit down and relax as you watch breathtaking views of the park. The lodge serves delicious food with a menu that has lots of variety and you can experience open-air baths.
Ndololo Tented Camp located about 7 km from the Voi Gate. It is located near the banks of Voi River near the Aruba dam that is a popular wildlife attraction. It has 20 luxurious spacious self-contained tents. The interiors are adorned with rich African furniture.
Voi Safari Lodge has one of the best views of Tsavo East National Park. From here you can view wild animals roam below. Close to a watering hole with an opportunity to all kinds of animals found here. The lodge has plenty of rooms located in four buildings within the property.
The Tsavo East can be frustrating when it comes to game viewing. Wildlife views are very rare, you will be lucky to see wild animals. You can drive for miles on end without seeing a single wild animal. However, one of the most spectacular views of the park can be found at the Voi Safari Lodge and the Mudanda Rock.
The best times to visit the park is during the rainy season, as most of the animals will have migrated back in search of pasture and food.
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