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Tsavo West

Tsavo West

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Tsavo National Park was established on 1st April, 1948. It is the largest Park in Kenya. In May 1948 Tsavo National Park was divided into East and West for administrative purposes. The two Parks are divided by Nairobi – Mombasa railway /road. The area is generally fairly arid with a rugged topography – although Tsavo West boasts a more varied landscape incorporating natural springs, swamps, extinct volcanic cones, rolling plains and dense scrub – Tsavo East remains flatter and drier (making game viewing easier). Two permanent rivers carry water into the park (the Tsavo River which flows through the western…

Tsavo National Park was established on 1st April, 1948. It is the largest Park in Kenya. In May 1948 Tsavo National Park was divided into East and West for administrative purposes. The two Parks are divided by Nairobi – Mombasa railway /road.

The area is generally fairly arid with a rugged topography – although Tsavo West boasts a more varied landscape incorporating natural springs, swamps, extinct volcanic cones, rolling plains and dense scrub – Tsavo East remains flatter and drier (making game viewing easier). Two permanent rivers carry water into the park (the Tsavo River which flows through the western section and the Athi in the East) later joining to form the Galana.

During the construction of the bridge Lions (Man eaters of Tsavo) terrorized the workers, killing over 130 people before being killed by Col. Patterson. During the World War I (1914-1918) British forces built fortresses along Tsavo river to counter threats from invading German forces from Tanganyika (present Tanzania) – whose intention was to blow up the Tsavo river bridge that was vital to British Communication. Captain Lugards a European explorer passed through the area on his way to Uganda and had a drop over at the Lugards falls area.

Over 500 miles of roadways in the Park bring visitors into proximity of a wide variety of game including black rhino, buffalo, giraffe, a number of big cats and an interesting array of antelope. Birdlife here is also prolific with bustards, hornbills, sunbirds, weavers, herons, egrets, vultures, fish eagles, kites, ostrich and many more all regularly seen.

One of the main attractions of Tsavo West is Mzima Springs, the point at which subterranean channels from beneath the Chyulu Hills emerge, producing almost 100 million gallons of crystal clear, fresh water each day. Here, visitors can go below ground to an underwater viewing chamber to see hippos and large shoals of fish through glass windows. Other highlights of Tsavo West include Chaimu Crater and the nearby Roaring Rocks viewpoint, both offering sensational views.

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Mombasa - Tsavo West

Our 3 days 2 nights Kenya coast Tsavo West/Amboseli road safari commences from our coast beach or Mombasa town hotels.

We start early on our safari journey via the Nairobi - Mombasa highway. There will be a stop over en-route for breakfast and refreshments. We enter the Tsavo West in the mid-morning and commence game viewing en-route base.

After check-in, we freshen up and settle for a buffet lunch. We will proceed for an afternoon game viewing drive with a visit to the rhino sanctuary.

We return to our base for dinner and overnight.

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Tsavo West - Amboseli

(140 kms, Appx 3 hrs) "The early bird catches the worm!" We test this old adage by embarking on an early pre-breakfast game and scenery viewing drive.

Sunrise catches us with its splendour as the drama of the wild unfolds amid the freshness and beauty of the morning. We will head to the Mzima Springs where we view hippos, crocodiles, exotic fish and a variety of bird species.

The greenery surrounding the springs is a welcome contrast to the harsh terrain that forms the bulk of Tsavo West. After our game watch we return for breakfast before starting our journey to the Amboseli.

The 140 kms journey will be through jungle to arrive at our base in Amboseli in time for lunch. Time to freshen up, and enjoy a buffet lunch and rest or take in the scenery until late afternoon when we set out to explore the Amboseli safari park game viewing in this open park.

Dinner and overnight at our base

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Amboseli - Mombasa

We will be early again!

The sunrise and emergence of the mountain peak from the clouds is dramatic.

We will marvel at the vistas as we enjoy our breakfast and later depart Amboseli with an en-route game viewing drive, before re-joining the Nairobi – Mombasa highway and proceed to the Coast with a lunch stop over en-route. We will arrive in Mombasa in the late afternoon. Drop off at respective hotels