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Tsavo West National Park was established in April 1948. Named after the Tsavo River, its primary water source. It's managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

It covers an area of 7,065 square kilometres (2,728 square miles), making it the second-largest park in Kenya.


Tsavo West National Park is home to the African big five:  Lions, Elephants, Buffalos, Rhinos, and Leopards.

Other notable animals include Giraffes, Zebras, Cheetahs, Hyenas, Hippos, Crocodiles, and many more.

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Tsavo West National Park hosts over 400 bird species. Notable bird species include the Corncrake, Secretary Bird, African Finfoot, Starlings, and many more.

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The park is famous for its unique population of "red" elephants. The elephants cover themselves in red volcanic soil, giving them their distinctive appearance.

Red elephants

Mzima Springs are a series of crystal-clear springs that emerge from underground and form a pool of fresh water. The springs are fed by the underground streams that flow from the Chyulu Hills

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The Poachers Lookout offers a panoramic view of the entire park. It is also used by rangers to monitor and protect wildlife from illegal activities such as poaching

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The Poachers Lookout

The Shetani lava flows and caves are unique natural features. formed by an  ancient volcanic activity

Shetani lava flows and caves

Lake Jipe is a picturesque Lake on the Kenya-Tanzania border. It offers a thriving ecosystem for aquatic life and is a paradise for birdwatchers.

Lake Jipe

Chaimu Crater is a prominent hill characterized by striking black lava stones. Climbing to its summit provides breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

Chaimu Crater

The Roaring Rocks is a renowned observation point with stunning panoramic views.  It offers an ideal spot for observing lions and enjoying the park's beauty.

The Roaring Rocks

The Trust plays a vital role in protecting and rehabilitating orphaned elephants in Tsavo West National Park.

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

The long rains from March to May and the short rains from October to December. The dry season (June to September and January to February) is generally considered the best time for wildlife viewing.


Residents: Adult: KSH 515 Child: KSH 215 Non-Residents: Adult: KSH 5,200 (or USD 52) Child: KSH 3,500 (or USD 35) Accepted modes of payment: MPESA &  VISA card



 A109 highway provides direct access to the park.  Entry gates: Tsavo Gate, Mtito Andei Gate, Chyulu Gate, Ziwani Gate, and Maktau Gate, Maktau Gate,  and Jipe Gate

By Road

Take the Madaraka Express (SGR train) disembark at the Mtito Andei station.  From the train station, get a taxi to the park.

By Train

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Book a flight safari, departures available from Nairobi's Wilson Airport. Airstrips: Tsavo Gate Airstrip, Ziwani Airstrip, Kamboyo Airstrip, Jipe Airstrip, Kilaguni Airstrip, Finch Hattons Airstrip, and Maktau Airstrip.

By Air