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    How to go to Tsavo National Park Kenya by Safari Company

    How to Get to Tsavo National Park

    The Tsavo National Park can be accessed by three main gates, from Voi through the Manyani gate, from Mombasa through the Bachuma gate or from Malindi through the Sala gate. There are also several airstrips in the Tsavo National Park that allow chartered light planes. Thanks to the Mombasa-Nairobi highway and its proximity to the Mombassa coast, many people touring Tsavo National Park do so as a sidebar to seaside holidays to Kenya. By road, Tsavo National Park is 3 1/2 hours from Mombasa and 4 1/2 hours from Nairobi -- of course, traffic can be scary if you have no control over the speed at which your driver decides to tear along the highway. Coming from Nairobi, Tsavo National Park is accessed via the town of Voi (where KWS has its headquarters) through either of two gates: Voi or Manyani. From Mombasa, entry is via Bachuma Gate, whereas if you're on the road from Malindi, you'll arrive via Sala Gate. Such details aren't likely to affect you, though, as your driver and Tsavo safari company will conspire to make sure you get there in the quickest possible time -- in fact, better to request a more modestly paced drive, if you can.

     

    For Tsavo West, the main access points are Chyulu Gate, if coming from Amboseli, or Mtito Andei Gate if approaching via the highway from either Nairobi (240km/149 miles) or Mombasa. Visitors from Mombasa also use Tsavo Gate near Manyani. Inside the park, the Athi and Tsavo Rivers converge to form the Galana River. Most of the park consists of semi-arid grasslands and savanna. It is considered one of the world's biodiversity strongholds, and its popularity is mostly due to the vast amounts of diverse wildlife that can be seen, including the famous 'big five' consisting of Masai lion, black rhino, Cape buffalo, elephant and leopard. The Tsavo East National Park also is also home to a great variety of bird life such as the black kite, crowned crane, lovebird and the sacred ibis. The slightly larger Tsavo East is generally flat, with dry plains across which the Galana River flows. Other features include the Yatta Plateau and Lugard Falls. Tsavo West National Park is more mountainous and wetter than its counterpart, with swamps, Lake Jipe and the Mzima Springs. It is known for birdlife and for its large mammals. It is also home to a black rhino sanctuary. The most recommended way is to use a Tsavo safari company, It will give you tour guides/drivers to pick you up right at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi or Moi International Airport in Mombasa. A Tsavo tour operator like us can book a flight for you to enter Tsavo via these gates: Lake Jipe, Maktau, Mtito Andei, Ziwani, Chyulu, and Tsavo near Manyani. The plane can land at various airstrips including Kasigau, Tsavo Gate, Kamboyo, Finch Hattons camp and Ziwani among others. Depending on where you are based, you safari company in Tsavo west can drive you via Nairobi or Mombasa road or Taveta or Voi road. There are several good airstrips for chartered aircrafts at Chyulu, Mtito Andei, Tsavo, Jipe, Maktau, Kasigau and Ziwani gates. By road From Amboseli (52km), head for the Chyulu Gate. From Nairobi (272km), enter using the Mtito Andei Gate. From Mombasa (188km), use either the Tsavo Gate near Manyani, or the Mtito Andei Gate. There are also entrances at Maktau, Ziwani and Jipe, depending upon where you want to be within the national park. If you are looking for flights to Tsavo National Park, we can help you compare prices from all major scheduled and charter airlines. Our simple search allows you to find your way through the maze of travel agents and tour operators and see for yourself who is the cheapest. To find your airfare to Tsavo West National Park, simply enter your details and contact us, our search results will show you a selection of Tsavo airlines, travel agents and tour operators offering cheap flights to Tsavo West National Park. You can then navigate between their results and see for yourself who has the cheapest deals.

     

    Tsavo National Park Information

     

    Mombasa offers the best Kenya Safari experiences with the famous Tsavo National Park. A Kenya Safari Holiday offers the opportunity to experience the BIG 5, up-close and personal! At just over 21,000km sq, Tsavo is the largest national park in Kenya and one of the largest in the world. Because of its size the park was split into 2, Tsavo West and Tsavo East, for easy administration. Tsavo National Park, a vast wilderness comprising Tsavo-East and Tsavo-West, is one of the biggest wildlife parks in the world covering an area of 20,700 sq kms (8,000 sq miles), the size of Wales or Israel. The park offers tremendous views with diverse habitats ranging from mountains, river forests, plains, lakes and wooded grassland. Its south-western plains border Tanzania's Mkomazi Reserve. Tsavo-East is one of Kenya's oldest established national parks: covering approximately 40 per cent of the total area of all Kenya's wildlife parks. It is accredited as one of the world's leading biodiversity strongholds, with bushy grassland and open plains alternate with semi-arid acacia scrub and woodlands. Green swathes cross the park where river banks give rise to lush vegetation. North of Galana is a true wilderness.

     

    Tsavo-East is recommended for photographers with its fabulous light and unbelievable views, in particular the Mudanda Rock and the Yatta Plateau, the world's largest lava flow. Lugards Falls on the Galana River are remarkable for the shaped water-worn rocks. About 500 bird species have been recorded in the area, including migratory birds of prey, while buzzards stop at Tsavo-East during their long flight south. In Tsavo-West the landscape is mainly hilly bush country with the scenic Ngulia escarpment and riverine forest along the Tsavo River. At Mzima, fresh water springs gush from below ground and form a series of crystal clear pools inhabited by hippo and crocodile. A viewing observatory allows visitors to see the underwater life. Most of the well known wildlife species are found within Tsavo and you are likely to see elephant, lion, buffalo, hippo, zebra, waterbuck, impala, hartebeest, lesser kudu, gerenuk, vervet monkey, baboon, jackal, crocodile and small mammals including mongoose, hyrax, dik dik and the nocturnal porcupine. Cheetah, leopard, rhino and the rare Hunter's Hartebeest or Hirola are also present in Tsavo but harder to see. Tsavo is home to some of the largest elephant herds in Kenya and they often appear to be coloured red after having dust baths and blowing the vivid red dust through their trunks all over their bodies. In 1900 the notorious "Man Eaters of Tsavo", man-eating lions preyed on railway workers building the great Uganda Railway from Mombasa to Kampala. The carriage from which they pulled a traveller is on display at the Nairobi Railway Museum. Tsavo West also has important historical connections as a major battleground in World War I where British and German troops battled for supremacy in East Africa. The park offers tremendous views with diverse habitats ranging from mountains, river forests, plains, lakes and wooded grassland. Its plains border with Tanzania. Game includes: leopard, cheetah, buffalo, rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, plains game, crocodile and small mammals including mongoose, hyrax, dik dik and the nocturnal porcupine.

     

    Tsavo East National Park

     

    Tsavo East is a very popular Park as is indicated by the high number of tourists. Some of the attractive scenic features include: large herds of elephants and other wildlife. It is easily accessible by road, air (light aircraft) and railway. Yatta plateau – It is about 290Km long and is one of the worlds longest lava flows. Lugards Falls on the Galana river – This is not a true falls but a series of rapids. Visitors can walk down to the river to view the rapids. Mudanda rock – This is a long rock outcrop that is about 1.6Km long. There is a dam at the base. Animals can be seen drinking. Visitors can walk along the rock and enjoy a cool breeze as well as view wildlife at the base. Aruba Dam – was built in 1952 across the Voi River. The dam attracts many animals and water birds can be seen at this dam. Tsavo/Athi rivers confluence – when the two rivers join they form the Galana river. Elephants, Rhinos, Hirola (Hunters Hartebeest).

     

    Tsavo West National Park

     

    Tsavo West National Park has a variety of wildlife, such as black rhino, Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard and Masai lion. There are also other smaller animals that can be spotted in the park, such as the bush baby, hippo, hartebeest, lesser kudu and Masai giraffe.

     

    Tsavo West National Park is located in the Coast Province of Kenya. The park covers an area of 9,065 square kilometers. The A109 road Nairobi-Mombasa and a railway divide the park into east and west. The western part is a more popular destination on account of its magnificent scenery, Mzima Springs, rich and varied wildlife, good road system, rhino reserve, rock climbing potential and guided walks along the Tsavo River. The park is operated by Kenya Wildlife Service.

     

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