The Nairobi / Mombasa Road divides Tsavo from north to south into Tsavo East and Tsavo West. In the most part of Tsavo West the game live in an almost undisturbed existence and in quiet seclusion- herein lays the challenge today. At the Tsavo West you also have the Chulu hills, which is home to many bird species.
TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK
This part of the park is dry, and rugged with rolling hilly scrubs. It is remote and laid back and very private. It is the place to experience the real African Savannah grasslands where you can listen to the winds blowing some African tune and talk to your inner self. The river Galana pass through this park on its long journey to the Indian Ocean. This park is only 100km from Malindi giving one the easy access of combining a beach safari at Malindi and catching up with the animals. All in one location.
The views at Tsavo East are out of this world….that of the Yatta plateau, the world’s largest lava flow stretching for miles and miles. These beautiful rocks have given rich to a waterfall the Lugard falls on the river Galana.
At Tsavo one will see red elephants; this is the only place one can see the few remaining hirola antelope.
This park has had encroachment problems by the local people competing with the animals for sustainance and existence.
This park set up sanctuary to protect the rhino from being decimated by poachers.
The elephant has not been spared either but this war is all most over with community involvement to protect the Eco system for sustainable development that is beneficial to all made possible by ploughing some of the benefits back to the surrounding communities.
TSAVO WEST NATIONAL PARK
KAMPI YA SiMBA—famous for the Man-eaters of Tsavo and a large elephant and lion population before the poachers came. But the park is now under constant surveillance of the Kenya Wildlife service Security.
Tsavo West the largest national parks in Kenya covering about 28,800 square kilometers. It is situated near the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro on the southern part and it is neighboring Amboseli National Park. It takes approximately 01 Hour to cross from one to the other through a beautiful rugged terrain and scenery and through a few Maasai villages. This Park is known for its infamous ”man eating lions of Tsavo” whom preyed upon linesmen building the Great Uganda Railway at the turn of the century. This National Park is famed for it’s ”red” elephants, lions, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, plain game (including the lesser kudu) hippos and crocodiles swim side by side at huge pools of pure mineral water from the springs of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Tsavo is an evocative location if ever there was one. This has been a classic hunting ground for the renowned big game hunters and few so famous as Denys Finch Hatton. Why? What was the attraction? Tsavo is home to the Traditional home for the African elephant.
Tsavo is wild, diverse, and enormous. Its terrain switches from rich gold savannahs watered by riverine forest lined streams which are fed by springs of melted snow from Mt Kilimanjaro culminating at Mzima springs to Savanna bushland. The Mzima springs are the source of water for the coastal famous town of Mombasa. There are forested volcanic hills and mountains offering spectacular panoramas, including the striking lava outcrop of ‘shetani’ meaning the devils lava. This Lava outcrop stretches for miles and it is awe inspiring… kind of giving you a feeling of hell.