Tsavo is an important symbol of the fight against the illegal poaching of rhino and elephants.
Solitude & Privacy
Tsavo is the largest national park in Kenya and one of the largest in the world. So large in fact, that it was divided into two parks, the west and the east, conveniently separated by the road to Mombasa. Tsavo is ideal for those seeking solitude and privacy, as well as the chance to explore the wilderness.
The Dense West
The Tsavo West National Park has spectacular scenery with a rolling volcanic landscape carpeted in long grass and dense bush. Tall vegetation makes game spotting here a little trickier than in some of the other parks but your safari driver-guide is well tuned to the signs of life. The “Big Five” are well represented here along with a fine range of antelope species. The main attractions of the park are the two waterholes, built by the lodges to more or less guarantee that their guests will be treated to fabulous game viewing. Don’t miss the Chaimu Crater and the Roaring Rocks viewpoint. A 15 minute climb results in spectacular views of the surrounding plains.
The Unexplored East
Famous for its large numbers of elephant and spectacular herds of up to 1000 buffalo, Tsavo East has more open savannah than its western sibling. The scrub-covered hills of the southern park have a very remote feel and the park, despite its great game, does not attract large numbers of tourists. The best game viewing is along the watercourses and at the Kanderi swamp, which is not far from the main gate. Thirty kilometers from the gate is the Aruba Dam and lion are commonly spotted around here.
For a number of years only the southern third of the park was open to the public because of the danger posed by poachers. In the past the park was hard hit by poachers who slaughtered horrifying numbers of rhino, elephant and other species. Tsavo has long been at the epicenter of a poaching war which decimated rhino numbers from approximately 8000 in 1970 to less than 50 two decades later and elephant numbers plummeted from 50,000 in the 1960s to 5,000 twenty years later. Today, however, Tsavo is an example of how humans and animals can serve each other. Travelers are treated to the sight of large herds of 50 or more elephants, which have instinctively retreated to the vicinity of the lodges where they are assured of protection from poachers, even today when there is little threat.
Samburu and Shaba
Savannahs & Plains