Safari activities to do in Tsavo West National Park

Safari activities to do in Tsavo West National Park : Some of the most amazing game viewing in the world can be found in the untamed, incredibly beautiful Tsavo West National Park. Smaller than its sister to the North East of Mombasa road, the Tsavo East National Park, Tsavo West National Park covers 1,745,800 acres of open grasslands, scrublands, Acacia woodlands, belts of riverine vegetation and rocky ridges. These are enjoyable things to do while you’re there.

  1. Visit the Mzima springs.

Take a seat in a volcanic arena where a variety of wild game may be seen while the crystal-clear waters of Mzima Springs shoot out of lava rock. Elephants, buffalo, zebras, smaller kudus, and other animals congregate in a series of transparent pools formed by the springs, which are located 40 KM (25 MI) near Mtito Andei, to drink water. The Kilaguni waterhole, the Kangethwa Dam, and the man-made spring directly in front of Kilaguni Lodge are further noteworthy viewing locations. There is a secure underwater observation tank in the upper pool at Mzima where you may see fish, crocodiles, and hippos.

  1. Explore the Shetani Lava Flows.

In Tsavo West National Park, the Shetani Lava Flows are a breathtaking sight that can be found around 4 kilometres west of the Chyulu Gate.

The word “shetani” in Swahili means “the devil.” The Shetani Lava Flows, which are roughly 4 KM west of the Chyulu Gate, are breathtaking. These are a massive region of folded black lava that lies at the base of the Chyulu Hills and stretches 12,355 acres across Savannah. The most popular tales around here will be those about volcanic explosions, fire fears, and malevolent spirits. The people thought the devil was rising from the earth 500 years ago when they witnessed fire and smoke pouring from below. Even now, tales about the location that are fantastical are still sparked by that incident.

  1. Venture into the Ancient Shetani Caves.

Similar to the Shetani flows, the Shetani Caves are the product of volcanic activity. To fully explore the caves, you’ll need a torch. The rocks at the foot are very jagged, so be careful. Because hyenas are known to live here, proceed with caution. During the railway’s construction, Colonel Patterson killed two man-eating lions in these caves. Why these lions became man-eaters is unknown. According to one theory, they might have developed a craving for human flesh from the corpses of departed slaves that were arranged along the Tsavo slave route. Currently on display at Chicago, Illinois’s Field Museum of Natural History are the two maneless lions.

Safari activities to do in Tsavo West National Park
Ancient Shetani Caves.
  1. Enjoy bird watching.

Observe a diverse array of 600 species of birds, which includes the resident African skimmer, red and yellow bishops, goshawks, buffalo weavers, and palm nut vultures. The months of October through January are the ideal times for this. Lake Jipe is a great location for your first step. Additionally, you can take a boat ride on the lake or explore the wetlands on either end.

  1. Take a Walk at Chaimu.

See the Chaimu lava flow; there’s a nice walking track there. Here, the brittle black lava is devoid of vegetation and is not particularly stable. It is possible to climb up to the crater rim, but it is arduous work. While appreciating the magnificent scenery, be mindful of the wild creatures that may be present.

  1. Witness the Return of the Black Rhino at Ngulia.

Visit Ngulia Sanctuary where an endangered species of black rhino is gradually coming back from the brink of extinction. The species was on the verge of extinction in the 1960s due to widespread hunting.

  1. Visit the Five Sisters.

The five very identical cone-shaped hills known as the Five Sisters are a must-see; nevertheless, it’s unclear who determined they were sisters or female. A striking low ridge of black lava outcrop encircled by long, lush grass is what they are. 

  1. Retrace the Steps of a Bizarre War.

During the First World War, the campaign in East Africa was among the most peculiar. In the untamed wilderness of prickly scrub and dense forest known as the “Bundu” (Bush) of Tsavo West, the Germans under Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck engaged the allied forces under Meinertz-Hagen in combat. For four years, Paul was able to hold off roughly two hundred thousand Allied soldiers with just a few local warriors. This odd conflict, sometimes known as the final “gentleman war,” combined the code of honour regulations of warfare with guerilla tactics taken from African tribal fighters. The directive from Lettow-Vorbeck to his soldiers was to “harass, kill, but don’t get caught.” You can walk in the veterans’ footsteps by taking guided tours of the Crater, Kichwa Tembo, and Mzima Fort.

It is said that Tsavo West National Park is the lion- and lava-filled ancient land. It is, in fact. Although the man-eaters have long since vanished, their offspring continue to roam the vast wilderness, breathtaking volcanic formations rise to the sky, and the park’s air of mythology endures. Amboseli and Mtito Andei Gates lead to the Chyulu Gate, which provides access to the park. It can also be accessed through the Maktau, Ziwani, and Jipe Gates on the Taveta-Voi route. There are airstrips in Kamboyo, Kilaguni, Tsavo Gate, Jipe, Kasigau, Finch Hottons, Ziwani, and Maktau if flying is more your style. Take a break and visit Tsavo West National Park you will have the unforgettable Kenya safari memories.

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