Tsavo West together with its expansive Tsavo East neighbor combine to equal a massive 4% of Kenya, forming one of the largest national parks in the world. The park is home to the Big Five, but wildlife viewing can be a bit slow at times. There are, however, several landmarks worth visiting including Mzima Springs with its underwater observation chamber for close-up views of hippos, recent lava flows and a rhino sanctuary.
The majority of visitors to Tsavo West are on short road trips from the coast to the area’s lodges. A Tsavo West lodge safari would normally include two or three nights at one of the four main safari lodges in the Developed Area. Unlike Tsavo East safaris, however, you’re not restricted to road access (or flying in by quite expensive chartered light aircraft) as there are two main airstrips that are frequently used by the scheduled safari airlines, either as part of longer safari incorporating some of Kenya’s other parks, or as a stand-alone safari add-on, either from Nairobi or from the coast.
Photos from Tsavo West National Park
Best Time to Go
June – September, January – February
December – March, July – October