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    Tsavo National Park Conservation Fees and Park Fees Kenya

    Tsavo National Park Fees

     

    Park Fees to either Tsavo East National park and Tsavo West National park is Non residents $65 per day for adults and $30 for children ages 3 to 18; and conservation fees Kenya residents is Kshs 1000 adults and 500 children, if you want to see both Tsavo parks in a single day (although, given the enormity of each of them, you should have no reason to do this), you will need to pay entry fees twice. Access to either park is by means of a KWS Smartcard, which your ground operator can purchase or we could purchase on your behalf, and loads for you in advance of your arrival; don't arrive without a prepaid card, as this will mean making a time-consuming detour to Tsavo park headquarters to pick up a new card. Entry fees for various national parks and reserves across the country are set to go up with effect from January 1, 2014. This follows gazettement of the new rates by the Minister for Forestry and Wildlife Hon Dr Noah Wekesa in a Special Issue of the Gazette Notice No. 207 dated December 24, 2010.

     

    The name of the charges has been changed from “park entry fees” to “conservation fees” to reflect the fact that whenever visitors enter national parks, they are making a contribution to conservation and continued survival of wildlife and their habitats for generations to come. Conservation is an expensive exercise that constantly demands more resources to maintain infrastructure and the ecological integrity of the wildlife habitats. The new rates will largely affect foreigners visiting five popular but ecologically fragile national parks of Lake Nakuru, Tsavo East, Tsavo West, Amboseli and Meru. The new fees will be applicable during the high seasons months of January, February, March, July, August, September and October. The review aims at encouraging visitation during low season in highly visited parks and reducing congestion during peak seasons to maintain ecological integrity of such wildlife areas. The rest of the national parks will retain old rates for the foreigners. Aberdare National Park has retained the old rates of US$50 for foreigners. In the recent past, Kenyans have shown strong interest in visiting their own national parks with 60 per cent of all visitors to these recreational facilities being Kenyan citizens.

     

    Tsavo West and East National Park

     

    Tsavo National Park is located 333 km from Nairobi and is the largest national park in Kenya. The beautiful landscape and proximity to the coast makes it a popular safari destination. It is recognized as one of the world's most unique biodiversity’s, with endless grassland and open plains that are alternated with acacia bushes and forests, the banks of the Galana River give unexpected lush vegetation. The Mombasa - Uganda railway and Mombasa - Nairobi highway cut the huge park in half and forms an eastern and western park.

     

    Tsavo East National Park

     

    Tsavo East is one of Kenya's oldest and largest national parks on the eastern edge of the inland plateau. A unique landmark in the park is the Yatta Plateau, one of the world's largest lava flows. The power of millions of years of erosion turned the lava in a shape which almost looks like a highway. The Voi River partly consists of a swamp and floods towards the Aruba dam. Here an attempt was made to create a fish farm but unfortunately for the people this attempt failed. For many birds and other animals it now is a real paradise and just recently a new lodge was built here. Another natural wonder that can be found in the park is, the Lugards Falls. At this point, the water of the Galana River drops and creates strangely shaped rocks and thus also creating a real waterfall in the semi-desert environment. There is a wide variety of wild animals found in the Tsavo East National Park: lion, leopard, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, serval cats, kongoni, kudu, oryx, impala, striped hyena, gazelle, buffalo and the "red" elephants (coloured by the reddish dust). Around 500 bird species have been observed in the park, including ostrich and several species of migratory birds. Tsavo East is famous for some of the largest herds of elephants in Kenya. The elephants seem to have a red colour, just like many other animals in the park, which is caused by the red dust which they spray on themselves against insects. The lions of Tsavo owe their fame to the book and movie "The Man-eaters of Tsavo". Here a few lions ate several railroad workers during early 20th century. The lions were shot later on. It seems the reason they attacked people was because of their bad teeth, which made it impossible for them to eat buffalo or gazelle.

     

    Tsavo West National Park

     

    A large part of Tsavo West is of recent volcanic origin and therefore very hilly, really the opposite of Tsavo East. The Ngulia Hills determine to a large extent the landscape: the best known of the volcanic cones, lava flows and rocks, is Shaitani (meaning - devil). The hills always provide a spectacular sight, but around September and December the sight is even more special, because thousands of migratory birds arrive and forage in the park. Many migratory birds from the northern hemisphere use the area as a kind of migration corridor and some birds travel as far as Russia. During World War I there was a big battlefield in Tsavo West where the British and German troops fought against each other. You can still find some places where the memorials and other interesting findings of this brutal conflict can be seen. A cool, shallow and shady source offers a much deserved cool down to the groups of hippos; they slumber throughout the day in the protected waters of the Mzima Springs. This spring is the main fresh water supply into Mombasa. During the night the hippos graze on the nearby grasslands. The manure from the hippo mixed with grass provides a fantastic shelter for insects and food for fish and snails. All this poses a complex chain, anchored by the large herbivores which will eat more than a hundred pounds per night. The Mzima Springs is unique in its kind, formed by melted snow and runoff water from Mount Kilimanjaro. The water runs underground from the source to Mzima Springs in Tsavo where the water surfaces and becomes a very important place for the animals in the park.

     

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