Tsavo National Park West Travel Guide

  • Mzima Springs
    Mzima Springs
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  • Inside the main lodge
    Inside the main lodge
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    Exact location of Kilaguni Lodge
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Tsavo National Park West Highlights

  • Pro
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    safardreams says…

     Place all to yourself, very wild, no baby-sitters! 

  • Con
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    sigg says…

     None - i love Tsavo 

  • In a nutshell
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     A place to learn from the animals 

Tsavo National Park West Things to Do

  • Mzima Springs

    This is a crystal clear spring which runs all year round from the ice meltwater from the Great Rift Valley. It is easy to see why it is popular, you can get good views of the hippo both on top and underneath the water. There is a submarine viewing tank built by the British Army in 1949 where you can see hippo underwater as well as the large fish...

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  • Man Eating Lions??

    We leave our lodge at about 7 AM this morning and by 8:30AM we arrive at Mzima Springs . This is where the man-eating lions once roamed. Although human beings can be attacked by many kinds of animals, man-eaters are those that have incorporated human flesh into their usual diet. The Tsavo maneaters were a pair of notorious lions responsible for the...

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  • An Elephant family near Msima Springs

    Next we see some rather grubby looking elephants who cooled themselves by rolling in red mud. Samuwell points out the senior member of the group who he estimated to be in his 50’s . There was also a very young one with the group ,only a few weeks old.All is well in our Animal World now!!

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  • Mzima Springs

    We depart at 7AM this morning to game drive on our way to Mzima Springs. Excitement comes fast this morning when we spot a cheetah trying to cat nap near the road. His belly looks really full from last night’s kill.

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  • Sunset at Tsavo West

    I have never seen a sunset that wasn't beautiful but this one was even more unique as the elephants came out of the shadows for a drink at the pond.

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  • Cheetah at the Lodge

    In the end our best animal viewing today is from our lodge deck . We love watching the group of elephants strolling in from the dark of night for a drink at the pond . Just before dinner the staff at the lodge hand meat which never fails to attract cheetah . We waited quite a while but sure enough around 10PM one showed up .We also saw some pretty...

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  • The Rhini Sanctiary and Ostrich

    At 4PM we take our second game drive to the rhino sanctuary. We are disappointed however as we see none. The whole area is extremely dry and the animals are not around much at all. We do get a good look at an eagle at work catching his evening meal.We alos have the best look yet at some Ostrich. They are truly an incredible sight!

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  • Our First Giraffe Sighting

    Our drive from Nairobi only took a couple of hours and we arrive at Tsavo West through the Manyani Gate. The animals prove to be a bit more elusive here than those in Tanzania . It is very dry but they manage to hide in the short shrubby trees . We are happy to see some giraffe . We’ve missed them already as we haven’t seen any in a week.

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  • Mzima Springs come "Alive"

    "Mzima" also means "Alive", and why not? It is the source of water not just for the nearby areas but as far as Mombasa. The underground water gets filtered through the volcanic rocks of the Chyulu Hills and springs out into crystal clear pools favored by many hippopotamus & crocodiles.A hiking track makes it way from the parking area to the springs...

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  • It's a Hyrax, not a rat

    They're not easy to spot, but when you do, you'll think it's a giant rat or guinea pigs. This rock rodent is call a Hyrax and is a furry creature with a stumpy tail . It lives in the rocky outcrop and survives on leaves & grass.

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  • Cheeky Baboons

    A big group of baboons walked on the road and we had to stop our vehicle instead. These primates are daring creatures because they can be seen near the lodges without worrying about the human beings. They can be quite aggressive but they have a very close family unit, choosing to stay with each other for life. It was cute to see the baby baboon...

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  • Grant's Gazelles

    Grant's Gazelle or Swala Granti was named after the Scottish botanist James Augustus Grant who spent many years in Africa trying to find the source of the Nile. Grant's Gazelle can be seen together with the Thomson Gazelle and you might be confused between them. Grant's Gazelle is a little bigger than the Thomson Gazelle and distinguished by the...

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  • Wild Zebras

    These black & white striped horse-like animals are common in the savannas. They graze in groups and run at the first sign of danger. However, they didn't seem intimidated by humans because they didn't budge when we drove near them

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  • Happy Hippos

    There was a family of hippopotamus happily settled & playing in the pools of Mzima Springs. These creatures may look cute & cuddly, resembling pigs in the water, but they can be lethal. The number of human deaths in Africa by hippos exceed those of crocodiles so be careful. They will not attack unless provoked or intimidatedThey normally leave the...

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  • How do I adopt an elephant?

    We take it for granted that just because we can see the elephants walking in the game park that they are doing fine. I saw a small family of elephants walking behind the bush while I was in Tsavo West. They are really special creatures because they're highly intelligent and sensitive when it comes to family. Sad to say that there are cases where...

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Tsavo National Park West Nightlife

  • Night Safari

    You can't stay up late at night because the game drives start very early. However, from my balcony I spent the evening having a few drinks on my balcony and watching the animals coming to drink at the waterhole. This is when the real action comes alive because the animals are more active during this time. I saw hundred of wildebeest marching into...

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  • Jaguar watching

    With this being the African bush, nightlife is limited to what is laid on in the lodge. There are no local bars you can wander along to, or a promenade where you can go for an evening stroll. Most lodges have a bar, but as game drives tend to start very early in the morning, most people don't stay up late.Bgulia Lodge laid on its own night time...

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  • ELEPHANTS MUNCHING NEAR-BY!

    Do you see the YELLOW-WHITE TREE in theback ground? Just beyond the camp line!The ELEPHANTS did that at night! Did I mention we had a lone LION also near by!He started at one end of the camp ground. By about 4am, he must have crossed paths with the ELEPHANTS! Becasue, the ELEPHANTS LET OUT A GOOD TRUMPET!!GREAT STUFF!!!!!Time to say...

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Tsavo National Park West Transportation

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    HAPPY MAN!

    by safardreams Written Mar 2, 2003

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    This guy, HAPPY, CALM and NO FEAR!
    Will do anything to please you! So, your SAFARI is the best!
    9/2002

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Tsavo National Park West Local Customs

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    TOOTH-ACHE?

    by safardreams Written Dec 1, 2002

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    A good branch comes in handy to clean the tooth! Maybe it hurts a bit with a fight this
    MALE IMPALA had with another MALE IMPALA!
    The broken HORN!! Hope the female was worth it!
    10/2001

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Tsavo National Park West Warnings and Dangers

  • Pit Stops

    Sometimes pit stops are far between so drink water but plan accordingly when on safari.This isn't Disney World and animals have a way of hiding in plane view. Its not allowed for good reason to get out of the jeep anyway.

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  • Mzima Springs : No Swimming!!

    As tempting as it is to dip your weary feet or take a dip in the crystal clear waters in Mzima Springs, you have to remember that the cool calm water is rather deceptive. The pools are inhabitated not only by thousands of fishes but also huge hippopotamus & crocodiles, and they will attack when they feel threatened. Or in the croc's case, when it's...

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  • Tsavo National Park: Kalashnikov

    To prevent whatever risks....we took a military escort for most part of our visit at the Tsavo. The safari's been wonderful but at the same time we had to be careful.....(we know very well africa's problems) infact we've been told that long time ago a group of tourists have been attacked by a group of bandits.....so we took our precaution! But...

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Tsavo National Park West What to Pack

  • Pack Light but take the essentials

    Backpacks are the best. The luggage is thrown in the back of an open jeep between lodges and ends up beng covered in dust . You need something compact and durable. We took lightweight travel pants, hats and shirts. No formal clothes needed here. Light jackets are good as the safaris start early and it can be chilly. Take lots of plastic bags they...

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  • I hate mozzies

    A small to medium size bag is preferred because you'll have to lug the thing around from one safari park to the next. I also carried to backpack for extra stuff Be prepared for all weather, be it extreme heat, cold mornings and wet seasons. A pair of comfortable walking shoes, a light jacket, hat & cotton clothes are best. I've seen people going...

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Tsavo National Park West Off The Beaten Path

  • Lava flow

    For hours and hours and hours we drove through this lava flow. The sceneray was very stark, often with no vegetation and no animals. It was almost outer-worldly and most peculiar, but the novelty soon wore off! :-)

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  • SCARED ELEPHANTS TRYING TO HIDE!

    Not what I wanted to see! A tiny family veryscared we were near by. We stayed very quiettrying to see what they were doing! What we saw, how they were acting makes me SAD!!Also VERY ANGRY at what man has done here. They need a T-LOGUE! I will say: The little ones, would you believe they were reallycrouching down trying to hide! Needless tosay. We...

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  • MORE IVORY!!

    Always want to see ELEPHANTS! Seen manyin both TSAVOS! But never enough. A trip toKENYA, must take a visit to TSAVO!!9/2002

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Tsavo National Park West Favorites

  • Colors of Kenya

    Game-drives ! The colors and landscape are so beautiful.Allthough the animals are a bit more "hard to find"in Tsavo, you get a feeling of beeing almost alone with the nature in Tsavo - There are not alot of safari veichles on the roads - and that makes your Game-drives more piecefull ,and exiting.You may very often be the first to watch the animals...

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  • Mzima Springs

    At Mzima Springs you can get out of your vehicle and walk about freely amonsgt some of the smaller animals in the park. There is an underwater observation area where you can watch the hippos as they swim under water. Amazing!

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  • IMPALA IN TH ROAD!

    A road block, not of a road block! But deservea look and respect!! I don't see this in RHODE ISLAND! Even though a few areasin the BOON-DOX have DEER! Not where I live!!9/2002 ALL!

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Mountain of lava
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Impala
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Ostrich
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Warthogs
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Zebra
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TSAVO-CROC!
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SKY, TSAVO WEST!
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