Tsavo National Park is Kenya’s first and largest park, located south of Nairobi. The park is bisected by the busy Nairobi/Mombasa highway and is now administered as two separate parks, Tsavo West and Tsavo East. Together, they consist of 10 million acres of pure wilderness, incorporating savana, ranges and hills, acacia and montane forest, with an extensive river system.
Tsavo West is the most developed of the two parks and is located just east of Mt. Kilimanjaro and southeast of Amboseli. Several of Kenya’s first tourist lodges were built here in the late 1940s. It is quickly regaining its reputation as Africa’s elephant park, because this was where the great hunters came prior to the horrible years of elephant poaching, now ended.
The famous book, “The Man-eaters of Tsavo” recalls the legendary pair of lions who attacked and killed over 120 workers building the railroad through Tsavo in the late 1890s.
Visitors to Tsavo will be struck by the solitude and vastness of the area. The many highlights on safari include large herds of elephant, Cape buffalo, eland, giraffe, klipspringer, impala, kudu and rhinoc.
Tsavo is a birdwatcher’s paradise with numerous species of weavers, hornbills, sunbirds, rollers, and raptors commonly seen. Other highlights include the Lugard Falls, where white water rages through a series of spectacular rock formations and the volcanic Mzima springs, a wetland paradise alive with swirling shoals of barbell, hippopotamus and waterfowl.