Tsavo West National Park covers 7065km² but the terrain is much more varied than that of Tsavo East. It ranges from 200-1000m in altitude. The northern sector is bush land with scattered native baobab trees. The railway runs along the border separating Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Park.

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“Land of Lava, Springs & Man-Eaters” - From the sight of fifty million gallons of crystal clear water gushing out of from the under parched lava rock that is the Mzima Springs to the Shetani lava flows, Tsavo West is a beautiful, rugged wilderness. The Mzima springs is an interesting feature in Tsavo west. It’s crystal clear fresh waters are a sanctuary to crocodiles, hippo and fish. There is an underground glass observatory where visitors get up-close to the hippos with out the dangers of an encounter. It is fed by numerous rivers, some underground, which flow out of the lava from different directions, forming an oasis in the middle of this otherwise dry scrubby landscape.

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Tsavo West National Park is a beautiful, rugged wilderness. The savannah ecosystem comprises of open grasslands, scrublands, and Acacia woodlands, belts of riverine vegetation and rocky ridges including the Poacher's Lookout where visitors can see the teeming herds in the plains below. Tsavo West National Park offers some of the most magnificent game viewing in the world and attractions include elephant, rhino, Hippos, lions, cheetah, leopards, Buffalos, diverse plant and bird species including the threatened corncrake and near threatened Basra Reed Warbler.




Tsavo West National Park is one place to see the beautiful spiral-horned Lesser Kudu. Frequently sighted game includes Buffalo, Elephant, Common Waterbuck, Eland, Fringe-eared Oryx, Impala, Maasai giraffe, and small mammals including Mongoose, Rock Hyrax, Dik-dik and occasionally the nocturnal Porcupine. Hippos are common at Mzima springs and along certain sections of the rivers. Prolific birdlife includes the White-headed Buffalo Weaver, Golden-breasted Starlings, eight species of Hornbills, as well as birds of prey, Bustards, Sunbirds, Weavers, Starlings, Parrots, Barbets and Rollers. At Lake Jipe Pygmy Geese and Black Heron are often seen.

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