Tsavo West National Park

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Tsavo West National Park encompasses mountains and hills for climbing, savanna bush and semi-arid desert scrub, acacia woodland, palm thickets, rivers and the tranquil Lake Jipe Kudu – one of Kenya’s animals found in Tsavo.

There are many tourist attractions at Tsavo West National Park, from safari tours to see the red-skinned elephants, to birdwatching and hill hiking, to caving and boating. There are many Kenyan animals in the park, including elephants, African lions, hippos, cheetahs, hartebeest and buffalo.

Tsavo West National Park covers 7065km² but the terrain is much more varied than that of Tsavo East. It ranges from 200-1000m in altitude. The northern sector is bush land with scattered native baobab trees.

The railway runs along the border separating Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Park. In 1898, as many as 135 railway workers were attacked and killed by man-eating lions. The pair of male, maneless lions that, unusually, hunted humans rather than livestock, evaded traps and capture for many months. The man-eaters were eventually shot by Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson, but the legend lives on.

It is amazing to see Kenyan wildlife living in close proximity to one another. A bird may sit within a snap of being eaten, yet, unless it is hungry, the predator will ignore it completely. See the huge anthills, the sparse shrubs, and the tortoises plodding along the edge of the track. Keep your eyes open for giraffes – they are surprisingly well camouflaged as they nibble the tops of the trees. Look under the shady trees to find lions sleeping after lunch, and be ready to stop as gazelles or cheetahs stroll across the road in front of you.

Birders will be in heaven here, with over 600 species of birds identified in the area, from plains to wetland species.

What to wear for a trip to Tsavo West National Park

For your trip to Tsavo West, where the sun shines bright and the day is long, it’s essential to dress comfortably. Choose cool and light clothing to keep yourself at ease in the heat. A sunhat is a must to shield yourself from the sun’s rays, providing extra protection. Don’t forget to pack your camera to capture the amazing sights and binoculars for a closer look at the wildlife.

Tsavo West offers a variety of exciting activities, so make sure you’re prepared. Sunglasses are handy to protect your eyes from the sun’s glare, allowing you to enjoy the landscape without squinting. Stay hydrated by bringing a water bottle with you, especially as it can get quite hot during the day.

As you embark on your safari adventure, wearing comfortable clothes will make the experience more enjoyable. The key is to stay cool and protected from the sun, ensuring you can fully immerse yourself in the beauty of Tsavo West National Park. Whether you’re observing wildlife, taking pictures, or simply soaking in the natural wonders, being well-prepared will enhance your safari experience in this stunning destination.