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|TSAVO WEST INTRODUCTION :|
Tsavo West National Park, covering an area of about 9,065 sq. km, holds a wide range of habitats, wildlife and a young mountain scenery unique in Kenya, spectacular showcase of recent geological activities.
This vast expanse of savannah, lying equidistant between Nairobi and Mombasa and linked with Tsavo East National Park along the Mombasa Road, is a vibrant volcanic arena painted by green hills, lava flows, springs and large permanent rivers.
Tsavo West, far more varied topographically than its neighbour Tsavo East, is the more famous of the two parks, which forms, with the adjacent Chyulu Hills National Park, one of the largest national parks in the world.
|How to get there :|
From Nairobi, take Mombasa highway up to Mtito Andei where is the nearest main entrance (Mtito Andei Gate).
Distance Nairobi-Mtito Andei : 233 km - Distance Mtito Andei-Voi : 96 km
From Mombasa, take Mombasa highway up to Manyani town where is the Tsavo Gate.
|TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK :|
With the Kilimanjaro sitting on its flank, this recent volcanic area abounds in hills/moutains (like the Chyulu or Ngulia hills and Chaimu crater), in lake/rivers/springs (Jipe lake, Tsavo river and Mzima springs) and other geological particularities such as lava flows (Shetani flow), caves (Shetani caves) and outcrops rock and ridges (Roaring rocks). All these landmarks and nature treasures erupted millions years after the energic shake up of the earth of Tsavo.
Unknown by major tour-operators due to its large size and therefore a smaller concentration of wildlife compared with other parks (although wildife and birdlife is abundant), Tsavo West is an excellent place for visitors who enjoy walking and who have time to spend days visiting the surroundings and the diverse habitats that the park provides. : open plains with scattered savannah bushes and semi desert scrub, acacia woodlands, rocky ridges and outcrops and isolated hills, riverine vegetation, palm thickets and on the Chyulu hills, mountane forest.
The park has also an important history : first, for its cruel "Man-Eaters of Tsavo" story secondly, for being a major battle field in WWI where British and German troops battled for territory.
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Altitude : 150 - 1,821 m (492 - 5,975 ft.)|
Area : 9,065 km²
Localisation : 240 km km from Nairobi
Entrances : The park has two main entrance (Mtito Andei and Tsavo gates) and five secondary entrances (Chyulu, Jipe, Maktau, Mbuyuni and Kasigau gates) and 4 major airstrips.
Open : Daily from 6.00 am to 7.00 pm. No entry is allowed on foot and visitors will not be allowed in the park after 6.15 pm.
Historic : Gazetted in April 1948. Drought in the 60s. Poaching in the 70s and 80s. Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary opened in 1987. Conservation and protection management in the 90s.
The Warden : Senior Warden, Tsavo west National Park. P.O. Box 71, Mtito Andei - Kenya, Tel: +254 (0)45-622483/622120.
o Mzima Springs and its underwater observatory - one of the most important fresh water spring of Kenya.
o Roaring Rocks - outcrops rocks erected on the Ngulia plains and used for Rhino observation.
o Shetani lava flow and Shetani cave - huge lava flow and its cave.
o Chaimu Hill - tall black volcanic hill rising.
o Black rhinoceros Sanctuary.
o Large herd of elephants, black rhinoceros, crocodiles and ostriches.
o Landscape viewing - panoramic view of the Kilimanjaro peak and Chyulu Hills.
|WILDLIFE/VEGETATION --> Just click on the name to see snapshots and a fact sheet of the animal...|
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|Bushbuck - Dik-dik (Kirk's) - Duiker (Blue) - Duiker (Common) - Eland - Gazelle (Grantís) - Gazelle (Thomson's) - Gerenuk - Gnu (White-bearded) - Hartebeest (Coke's) - Impala - Klipspringer - Kudu (lesser) - Oryx (Fringe-eared) - Steinbok - Suni - Waterbuck (Common) -|
|Other ungulates and mammals :|
|Buffalo (Cape) - Elephant (African Bush) - Giraffe (Maasai) - Hippopotamus - Hyrax (Bruceís) - Hyrax (Eastern Tree) - Hyrax (Rock) - Hyrax (Southern Tree) - Rhinoceros (Black) - Warthog (Common) - Zebra (Common) -|
|Aardwolf - Caracal - Cat (African Wild) - Cheetah - Civet (African palm-) - Civet (African) - Dog (Hunting) - Fox (Bat-eared) - Genet (Large-spotted) - Genet (Small-spotted) - Hyena (Spotted) - Hyena (Striped) - Jackal (Black-backed) - Jackal (Common) - Jackal (Side-striped) - Leopard - Lion - Mongoose (Banded) - Mongoose (Bushy-tailed) - Mongoose (Dwarf) - Mongoose (Grey) - Mongoose (Marsh) - Mongoose (Slender) - Mongoose (White-tailed) - Otter (Clawless) - Ratel - Serval - Zorilla -|
|Baboon (Savannah) - Bushbaby (Lesser) - Galago (Large-eared greater) - Galago (Small-eared greater) - Monkey (Blue/Sykes/Diademed) - Monkey (Green Vervet) -|
|Others (rabbits, hares, insectivores) :|
|Aardvak - Pangolin (Temminckís ground) - Hare (Cape) - Hare (Spring) - Porcupine (Crested) -|
|The park has a large variety of habitats including open plains with dispersed savannah bushes and semi desert scrubs, acacia woodlands; rocky ridges and outcrops and isolated hills; belts of riverine vegetation; palm thickets. Note also the presence of montane forest on Chyulu hills (Chyulu N.P.). Most of the northern section are characterised by acacia bushlands with scattered acacia trees and baobabs. The southern section is mainly composed of open grasslands and plains. Dense riverine vegetation and riverine forest are found along the permanent Tsavo river. Particularities are : in the Ngulia hills where dense low-woodlands are found; in the Jipe area where the permanent swamps are bordering the lake; and the Mzima springs where palm trees (ivory palm, doum palm) and raphia can be seen. Finally, during the 1960's, the impact of fire and large elephants on vegetation was dramatic as 45,000 elephants converted 16,000 sq. km of dense Comniphora into grassland.|
Name of plants below are provided by the K.W.S. Tsavo West and K.W.S. Chyulu Hills webpages.
|Smartcard is needed to enter.
Smartcard can be loaded (but not obtained) at Mtito Andei gate.
Smarcards can be obtained and loaded at Voi gate (Tsavo East N.P.).
ENTRANCE FEES/DAY :
Source : K.W.S. park tariffs
Adult resident - 500 Kshs
Children resident - 200 Kshs
Adult non resident - 23 US
Children non resident - 10 US
VEHICLE FEES/DAY :
Less than 6 seat - 200 Kshs
6 to 12 seats - 500 Kshs
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