The 10 Prodigious Attractions in Tsavo National Park is the one of the largest and the oldest national parks in the world. The Tsavo national park carries the 4% of the Kenyan land. The Tsavo national park was split into two parks that is Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Park. A Kenya safari to Tsavo national park has a been a dream to everyone, the park has unique features like the presence of the red elephants.
The 10 Prodigious Attractions.
Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary.
Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary is the breeding hub in Tsavo national park in Kenya at large and a tourist Powerhouse in Africa. Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary is located in Tsavo West National Park. Extensively extends up to 85 kilometers square with a 1-meter high electric fence, as the sanctuary is guarded 24 hours 7 days in a week.
Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary started after the black rhinos almost got extinct, there were over 8000 black rhinos in the late 70’s but due to poaching for the horns trade abroad, these rhinos decreased to about 20 individuals.
Currently the numbers are now rising and encouraging 80 black rhinos. These archaic creatures are not only shy but also nocturnal. There are very slim chances to spot a black rhino in other parks but only at Rhino Sanctuary you can have high chances to spot them. During your safari to Tsavo national park Kenya, apart from spotting the black rhinos, the tourists can be able to spot other animal species like the elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos and many more.
What an incredibly natural beauty! This is amazing thing you should never miss on your Tsavo west National park safari. Located just 45 kilometers from the Mtito Wa Andei.
Mzima Springs which mean ALIVE in Swahili is a series of attraction of a 4 Natural Springs which owe the source to Chyulu Hills which comprise of the volcanic stones and Ash. This clear water is infested with Hippo and crocodiles. Being a hidden joint, it makes it a cool and quite home for them. The Hippos browse by the night and relax in the pool by the day.
Mzima Springs became famous after it was featured in the wildlife documentary by Ian and Joan Root in the year 1969. The underground water infested with hippopotamuses and crocodiles.
Roaring rocks have serene beauty, you climb the rocks and have an incredible reward for the breathtaking views. You feel like a soaring Eagle above. The incredibly 360 panoramic views of wildlife, Chyulu hills sometimes Mount Kilimanjaro is a spectacle not to miss. It is ideal place if you have packed lunch from your hotel to stop by. There is a dining table and taking your lunch from there is such an enthralling experience.
Shetani Lava Flow.
Shetani Lava Flow is a 50 kilometers long lava flow believed to have caused by the volcanic eruption a hundred years ago. It is just a 4 kilometers from the Chyulu Hills Gate on the western side of Tsavo towards Amboseli National Park.
The locals, however, have their own version of story, they believe it is evil himself who emerged from the flow. While explaining why the Name Shetani Lava Flow. ‘’Shetani’’ is a Swahili word meaning the devil, nearby there are Shetani Caves formed due to volcanic eruption. You will need a well-lit Flashlight to manoeuvre inside the caves as well you be able to spott the hyenas.
Chaimu Hills is magnificent hiking hill that takes approximately 20 minutes to the top. It has incredible views of Chyulu Hills and the Majestic Mount Kilimanjaro from a distance, Chaimu hills mean (Devils or Ghost Hill in Kamba Language).
Chaimu hills is an epic observation point and a good spot to take those breathtaking pictures, as you approach this crater, the soils changes the known red sand of Tsavo National Park to black clay which is slippery but easy to be climbed.
Five Sister’s Hill.
Five Sister’s Hill are known as identical twins, which are such stunningly and are cone-shaped who sit around each other as if they are people having a board meeting. Five sister’s hill is a feature in Tsavo West National Park Safari a must stop over.
Kanderi swamp is located at Tsavo East National Park is one of the few sources of water during the dry season which is fed by the Voi River, as you might be aware most animals do not stay far away from the water sources thus making it also the spotting animal area for the tourists.
During the dry season all the types of animals flock in, from the elephants to lions making it a Tsavo National Park a spectacle attraction.
Galana River cuts Tsavo East National Park into two, it is a combination of the waters of the Tsavo and the Athi Rivers, which cuts a green gash across the dusty plains. The main attraction here is the Lugard’s falls named after Fredrick Lugard, which is said that he was bitten by a crocodile while he was cooling at a rock nearby. Hence the honor to name the falls after his name.
Chyulu Hill is known as the Green Hills in Africa, it has breathtaking photogenic endless green rolling hills with the great blue sky while camping there is uniqueness feel like camping above the clouds. It is one of the engrossing attractions surrounding Tsavo national Park, it has a quite a large share of animals.
The terrestrial number of animals spotted includes the elephant, elands, bushbucks, buffalos, leopards, hogs, bush pigs, reedbucks, giraffes. Note that the Chyulu Hills are in an independent park on its own but just a few kilometers from Tsavo, that is Chyulu National Park through Tsavo east national park.
Activities to be done includes; Camping, Mountain climbing, Horse riding, game viewing, bird watching and among others.
Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary.
Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary has 28,000 Acres Mosaic habitat where the plant physiognomy is riverine forest, savannah wood and grassland, erive its name from the surrounding clusters of hills and is an intregral part of the Eastern Arc forest classified as biodiversity hotspot.
Since the small size of the sanctuary that is 100 square kilometers, the wardens give it the desired protection from the poachers and guides almost have the specific spots where to find specific mammals, it has more than 50 big mammal special and over 300 bird species, the endangered Maasai Ostrich and the critically endangered hirola or the Hunter’s hartebeest.
Where to stay in Tsavo National park.
There are various accommodations where to stay during your safari in Tsavo East and Tsavo West national parks that are comfortable and then are categorized into Budget, Mid-range and Luxury such as Ngulia safari lodge, Salt Lick Safari Lodge, Voi Safari lodge and many more.
Entrance fees of Tsavo National Park, that is Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Park entrances fees.
Citizen Ksh 500
Resident Ksh 500
Non-Resident USD 30
Citizen Ksh 200
Resident Ksh 200
Non-Resident USD 20
How to get Tsavo National Park.
Tsavo West National Park.
Tsavo West National park can be accessed by either road or air transport from Mombasa or Nairobi.
The distance is 240 km from Nairobi, then 250 km from Mombasa (Mtito Andei Gate).
Then if you’re coming from Amboseli National park, the main access routes are through Chyulu Gate, if you are coming from Nairobi the main Gate is the Mtito Andei Gate
Coming from Mombasa; if you are coming from Mombasa, it is ideal to use that Tsavo Gate near Manyani.The Park is reachable through Taveta-Voi road through Maktau, Ziwani and Jipe Gates.
The airstrips are Kamboyo, Kilaguni, Tsavo Gate, Jipe, Kasigau, Finch Hottons, Ziwanai and Maktau airstrips.
Tsavo East National Park.
The park has 3 gates, Mtito Andei Gate is 233 km south of Nairobi and 250 km north from Momba on the main Nairobi-Mombasa highway.
Then if you’re coming from Mombasa there is a Voi main gate 153 km of Mombasa-Nairobi highway.
From malindi take western road (103 km) and enter the park through Sala gate.
The park got various airstrips like Aruba, Satao, Sala, Ithumba, Sangayaya, Mopeo, Bachuma and Cattar.