Tsavo National Park West Warnings and Dangers

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    Pit Stops

    by easterntrekker Written Mar 31, 2010

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    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!!

    by BorneoGrrl Updated Aug 28, 2007

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    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 hungry.

    Never underestimate an animal and its ability but just know your boundaries & enjoy your trip

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    Tsavo National Park: Kalashnikov

    by BarbieGirl Updated Sep 23, 2006
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    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 apart from this, it's been a magical experience, everything went well........so go there and enjoy Africa.....you only have to take with you a little bit of shrewdness........

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    Changing weather and mud

    by grets Written Dec 20, 2004

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    Pushing the vehicle

    Reading about the weather pattern in Kenya before we went, it was suggested that the country received about 1/2 inch of rain during January. Do not rely on this! We received 3 inches overnight, which turned all the tracks to quagmires.

    We got stuck! More than once! All out to push - in an area full of wild animals where you are told to stay in your vehicle! Beware - when the van spins its wheels in an attempt to move, you get totally splattered in mud!

    Eventually we encountered a more major problem. A hill was littered with vehicles unable to get themselves out of the mud. We were unable to even attempt to negotiate the track, as it was blocked! Driving outside the track was out of the question.

    It all became very unpleasant, as this was hostile Masai country. Our vehicle was surrounded by unfriendly locals. We were given strict instructions not to leave the vehicle or even open the window, not to make eye contact with the people outside and certainly not to try and photograph them.

    Unfortunately I was suffering from food poisoning. I had been sick 17 times in the night, and spent at least that many times with my behind on the toilet bowl. I was desperate! With clenched butt and a sick bag on my lap, the continueously rising temperature in the vehicle, and the increasingly unpleasant aroma from my vomit, the three hour waiting period before we were able to continue our journey was an endurance I would rather have been without!

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    Charging elephants

    by grets Written Dec 20, 2004

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    Elephant charging

    We came across a couple of elephants in our path, and stopped to take some photos. Initially these animals were happily going about their normal daily business, but then one of them became very agitated, started flapping his ears and made a mock charge towards us. That is usually all it is, a mock charge to scare you away. Take heed! You do not want to mess with an African elephant! Just retreat slowly but surely and sit it out until he has either calmed down or gone away.

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    Stick to the park rules

    by grets Written Dec 19, 2004

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    Sign at the gate

    When driving through the park, it is important that you stick to the rules laid down. There is no night driving in the park, speed limit is 20mph.

    There is no entry or exit into the park between 18.15 and 06.00. Bear this in mind when you are driving around. Plan your route to ensure you arrive back at the lodge or gate in time for darkness.

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    DROPPINGS?

    by safardreams Written Mar 7, 2003

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    A young, I think some kind of EAGLE. Not sure. My guide JAMES, had our driver pull almost right under it! No you knwo why I called it DROPPINGS, LOL!! iF ANYONE KNOWS WHAT KIND OF eagle, let me know!
    9/2002

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    LET THEM BITE??

    by safardreams Written Dec 1, 2002

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    LITTLE-TANKS!

    They have a helping hand. If your out in the bush and get a cut. You could take one of these. Let it bite you at your cut. Then break it off at the head! It's fangs act like a STAPLE!
    The ants are very clean, so no infection!!
    Just a thought if you get a good cut while
    your trekking in the TSAVO-BUSH!!

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    Dangerous animals

    by grets Updated Dec 19, 2004

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    Park sign

    This may seem obvious, but this park is full of wild animals. Do not get out of your vehicle, and treat the animals with respect, as some of them can become aggressive and dangerous!

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    DROPPINGS-2?

    by safardreams Written Mar 7, 2003

    I have 9 photos of this BIRD! He didn't take flight right away. Looked like he was trying to fly. Well, he can! NO BOMBS!!

    9/2002

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    HIPPOS!!!!!

    by safardreams Written Dec 1, 2002

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    PLEASE COME CLOSER!

    One of those un-trustworthy GIANTS! Still,
    I wanted him to come closer to the lookout-
    tank! Make no mistake, these guys will stop
    at nothing if you get in their space!!
    10/2001

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    A MUST READ!

    by safardreams Written Dec 1, 2002

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    PAY ATTENTION!

    The visit to MZIMA SPRINGS, has these warnings! You are walking around in here.
    There CROCS & HIPPOS!! So, why else would you come to AFRICA other than get
    scared to DEATH!!!!!
    10/2001

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    DON'T GET COVERED BY ARMY-ANTS!!

    by safardreams Written Dec 1, 2002

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    ARMY-ANT CROSS WALK!

    These things can bite BIG-TIME!! They are huge! They are in masses all the time.
    Out to CONQUER!! Had to take some shots of these guys! My first ARMY-ANTS!

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