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Tsavo East and Tsavo West - Overview

Tsavo - The scene of Africa's greatest Adventure storiesThe twin National Parks of Tsavo East and West together form one of Africa’s largest wilderness reserves. This single National Park is larger than the island of Jamaica. Tsavo as a whole consists of 10 million acres of pure wilderness, incorporating savannah, ranges and hills, acacia and montane forest, and an extensive river system.

The vast plains of Tsavo are crossed by the main Nairobi-Mombasa railroad. This historic railway was, in 1899, the scene of one of Africa’s greatest Adventure stories.

Two large lions actively preyed on the railway workers as they built a bridge over the Tsavo river, claiming over 120 victims. They evaded hunters for well over a year, and the legend of the Maneaters of Tsavo was born. The sheer scale of Tsavo gives the visitor a chance to really get away from it all, and to explore the wild in total solitude.  On safari here you will see large herds of Elephant, their hides often a luminous red with dust, as well as Lion, Buffalo, Eland, Giraffe Impala, Kudu and possibly Rhinoceros.

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How to get to Tsavo
The Tsavo Parks are bisected by the main Nairobi- Mombasa Highway. The most central town for access to the parks is Voi, although the smaller town of Mtito Andei is the headquarters of Tsavo West.      Accessing Tsavo National Park is difficult without private transport. Most visitors come to here as part of a Safari package from Nairobi or in a Hire Car. Both parks have well established internal roads and tracks.
   
 
Where to Stay in Tsavo
Tsavo East and West both have a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, tastes and interests. There are very basic campsites where you can pitch a tent and sleep under canvas in the wild, well appointed safari lodges, luxury tented camps with large, fully furnished tents, small private camps for your exclusive use and much, much, more.
 
Dining in Tsavo
Most of the Tsavo’s lodges and camps offer full board accommodation with meals, serving a wide range of cuisines.For those camping out under the stars, most safari companies provide an excellent camp cook, who can produce culinary wonders from a campfire.

Many lodges and camps also organize special bush dinners or breakfasts, with meals served in the wild.For campers wanting to cook for themselves, the nearest towns for supplies are Mtito Andei and Voi.
 
What to do in Tsavo
Wildlife Safari

Tsavo’s massive area and wide range of landscapes make this an ideal place for a varied wildlife safari. The sheer space and freedom of Tsavo lets you really explore and feel at one with this awesome wilderness. Exploring both parks means that your safari will take you through several very different habitats in a single day, encountering many different species.

The open plains are the best place to see the large herds of game. The region is well known for its herds of "Red Elephants", their skins stained by rich ochre dust.

The plains are also ideal for finding Lion, Eland, Impala, Kudu and possibly Rhinoceros. In the forested hills, large herds of Buffalo and Giraffe are often found. The forests of Tsavo are ideal for birding, with a fantastic range of species recorded including a variety of weavers, hornbills, sunbirds, rollers, and raptors.

Birders should definitely not miss the Mzima Springs, where the plentiful supply of fresh water has created a verdant oasis. the springs attract plenty of game, and there is an underwater observatory that gives the visitor a unique glimpse into an underwater world dominated by the presence of large pods of hippopotamus. The sight of these ungainly three tonne animals gliding gracefully through the crystal clear waters of Mzima is unforgettable.
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