​Getting There – Tsavo West NP

Anthony Ham
By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Kenya.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Kenya.

Travel Alert

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Tsavo West is situated in the southeast of the country, 232km/144mi from Nairobi and 250km/155mi from Mombasa. Driving to the reserve from Nairobi, Mombasa or another park is a good option depending on your plans.The distance from Lake Nakuru NP is 460km/285mi and the driving time is about eight hours.

There are scheduled flights to Tsavo West from Nairobi, and several other parks including Masai Mara and Amboseli. There are also airstrips available for chartered flights.

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) is 15km/9mi southeast of Nairobi, the country's largest transport hub. Kenya’s second international airport is in Mombasa, Moi International Airport (MBA), and is just 9km/6mi west of the city.

Airlines & Ticket Prices

Please check Skyscanner to see which airlines can take you to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), and what tickets would cost.

Domestic Flights

Charter flights between parks are normally organized in advance by tour operators as part of your tour package. Domestic flights from Nairobi leave from Wilson Airport (WIL), 6km/4mi south of Nairobi. Book domestic flights with the following airlines:

Passport, Visa & Other Entry Requirements

Please check our Getting There – Kenya page to learn more about passport, visa and other entry requirements.

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