The Tsavo West National Park is famous for its magnificent scenery which includes the serene Lake Jipe, hills, acacia woodland and rivers.
Tsavo West National Park is about 240km from Nairobi, along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway on the western side while Tsavo East is on the eastern side.
The park's topography mostly consists of savannah grasslands, woodlands and riverine vegetation. Tsavo West National Park is more popular than Tsavo East because of its rich variety of wildlife and landmarks, enchanting landscape, and springs. In addition, Tsavo West lodges are excellent for luxury bush safaris.
Tsavo West National Park harbours a variety of wildlife such as the Masai lion, leopard, cape buffalo, elephant and the black rhino. Other wildlife that can be spotted in small numbers are giraffes, hippos, and lesser kudus. Interestingly, predators and prey can be seen alongside each other simply because animals hunt to eat when hungry.
Lake Jipe which sits on the border with Tanzania, attracts large herds elephants as well as a variety birdlife. The lake is fed by rivers from Kilimanjaro and North Pare Mountains.
A must see for visitors to Tsavo West National Park is Mzima Springs which is a sight of crystal clear waters gushing out from under the lava rock.
There are cliff faces in Tsavo West such as Kichwa Tembo, the Great Tsavo Chimney and the Ivory Tower on Elephant Rock ideal for adventurous tourists who wish to do rock climbing. The various public campsites have toilets at showers.
Kenya Citizen Adult Ksh. 515
Kenya Citizen Child Ksh. 215
East African Resident Adult Ksh.1030
East African Resident Child Ksh. 515
Non-Resident Adult USD 52
Non-Resident Child USD 35
Roads: The main access routes are through Chyulu Gate from Amboseli and Mtito Andei Gate from Nairobi. If travelling from Mombasa, you can also use Tsavo Gate near Manyani. The Park can also be reached via Taveta - Voi road through Maktau, Ziwani and Jipe Gates.
Airstrips: Kamboyo, Kilaguni, Tsavo Gate, Jipe, Kasigau, Finch Hattons, Ziwani, and Maktau airstrips are well maintained.
The best time to visit Tsavo West is in the dry months of Jume to September and in January to February.