The Tsavo

The Tsavo constitutes one of Africa’s largest wilderness reserves comprising of Tsavo East and Tsavo West and is said to be larger than the island of Jamaica. It totally consists of 10 million acres of pure wilderness, incorporating savannah, ranges and hills, acacia and montane forest, and an extensive river system.

The Tsavo Parks are bisected by the main Nairobi- Mombasa Highway and are crossed by the main Nairobi-Mombasa railroad. The Railway was in 1899, the scene of one of Africa’s greatest Adventure stories – The Maneaters of Tsavo (two large lions which devored over 120 victims). The most central town for access to the parks is Voi, although the smaller town of Mtito Andei is the headquarters of Tsavo West.

Here, you will see large herds of Elephant, their hides often a luminous red with dust, as well as Lion, Buffalo, Eland, Giraffe Impala, Kudu and possibly Rhinoceros.

Tsavo’s massive area and wide range of landscapes make this an ideal place for a varied wildlife safari. The sheer space and freedom of Tsavo lets you really explore and feel at one with this awesome wilderness. Exploring both parks means that your safari will take you through several very different habitats in a single day, encountering many different species.

The plains are also ideal for finding Lion, Eland, Impala, Kudu and possibly Rhinoceros. In the forested hills, large herds of Buffalo and Giraffe are often found. The forests of Tsavo are ideal for birding, with a fantastic range of species recorded including a variety of weavers, hornbills, sunbirds, rollers, and raptors.

Birders should definitely not miss the Mzima Springs, where the plentiful supply of fresh water has created a verdant oasis. The springs attract plenty of game, and there is an underwater observatory that gives the visitor a unique glimpse into an underwater world dominated by the presence of large pods of hippopotamus. The sight of these ungainly three tonne animals gliding gracefully through the crystal clear waters of Mzima is unforgettable.

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