Tsavo West National Park

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About Tsavo West National Park

Tsavo West, together with its expansive Tsavo East neighbor, combine to equal a massive 4% of Kenya forming one of the largest national parks in the world. The park is home to the Big Five, but wildlife viewing can be a bit slow at times. There are, however, several landmarks worth visiting including Mzima Springs with its underwater observation chamber for close-up views of hippos, recent lava flows and a rhino sanctuary.

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7,065km² / 2,728mi²
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392-1,786m / 1,286-5,860ft
Pros and Cons
  • Great wilderness destination
  • Wide variety of animal with the Big Five present
  • Excellent birding; many dry-country specials
  • A chance of seeing rare black rhino in the Ngulia rhino sanctuary
  • Walk along Mzima Springs, a beautiful oasis with hippos and crocodiles
  • Opportunity to see hippos underwater from the observation chamber at Mzima Springs
  • Views of Kilimanjaro on a clear day
  • Wildlife densities are rather low
  • Most tourist facilities are in a small area


Tsavo West is a real wilderness destination. All of the Big Five are present, but wildlife densities are lower than in some of the more popular parks in Kenya. However, there is a good variety of animals with many dry-country specials, including the shy lesser kudu and the rare fringe-eared oryx. Large elephant herds can be found gathering at the waterholes.
More about Tsavo West’s wildlife


Tsavo West has a rugged, arid landscape. In contrast with the flat plains of Tsavo East, Tsavo West is marked by a number of rocky outcrops and volcanic hills. Shetani lava flows, just outside the park, make for a great excursion. On a fine day, the park offers lovely views of the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro.

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By Volker from GermanyDE
 5 Jun 2017Reviewed:

Many animals in a interesting landscape. Animals are some times difficult to watch because there are many bushes and trees. Sometimes we've seen them after we passed them. We've seen zebras, ostriches, elephants, giraffes, buffalos, hyenas, hippos ... Full review

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