Tsavo West National Park was established in 1948 and is bordered by Taita Hills to thorests at the water margins. It covers a total area of 9065 sq kms and hosts a wide variety of wildlife species from the 'Big Five' (Lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant), numerous other carnivores, gazelles to over 150 bird species.
The park also has the Mzima springs, Shaitani Lava Flow which consists of caves, three craters, basalt flows and lava splashes. It is also rich e east and Tanzania to the south east with areas of unending succession of fantastic views across the plains dotted with fin graphite, marble and sulphite deposits.
Fact File on Tsavo West National Park
Area : 9065 sq km Altitude: 200 to 1000 m [656 - 3280 ft]
Access from Nairobi / Mombasa: By Road : 275kms ( 5 hours )
Location : In Eastern and Coast Province, South East of Nairobi
Animals : Numerous - The Big Nine, and plenty other herbivores and birds
Vegetation : Open savannah and light patches of bush, cactuslike euphorbia trees
Facilities : Lodges and camp sites are available
Attractions : Mzima springs, Big Five, Rhino sanctuary