Must see attractions in tsavo national park
Tsavo west national park is one of the top tourist destinations in Kenya located in the coastal province, Tsavo west national park covering an area of 9,065 square kilometers adjoins with Tsavo east national park to form a largest national park in Kenya. Tsavo west National Park is dominated by a great savannah ecosystem comprising of open grassland, scrublands, riverine vegetation, and acacia woodlands which facilitate game viewing one of the highlights of the park.
Tsavo west national park is a habitant to many wildlife species including animals such as elephant, rhino, Hippos, lions, cheetah, leopards, Buffalos, klipspringers, lesser kadu, fringe-eared Oryx, gerenuk and birds such as threatened corncrake and near threatened Basra Reed Warbler African finfoot, Basra reed warbler, Black-faced sandgrouse, Common whitethroat, Corncrake, Fischer’s starling, Golden pipit, Golden-breasted starling, Lesser kestrel, Marsh warbler, Martial eagle, Narina trogon, Northern brownbul, Pangani longclaw, Red-backed shrike, Red-bellied parrot, River warbler, Rufous chatterer, Shelley’s starling, Slender-tailed nightjar, Somali bee-eater, Somali bunting, Somali ostrich, Taita falcon, Taita fiscal, Thrush nightingale and many more
Tsavo west national park is composed of many attractions which you should not miss while on your safari in this great tourist destination.
Ngulia rhino sanctuary
Ngulia rhino sanctuary is a stronghold and bleeding place for black rhinos in Tsavo and Kenya as a nation, Kenya as a tourist destination and a home of wildlife used to be a habitant to over 8000 black rhino individuals by 1970s but due to human practices like poaching and encroaching on rhino’s habitants. Rhinos almost became extinct with less than 20 individuals remaining, this resulted into the establishment Ngulia rhino sanctuary in 1986 for the conservation and protection of the endangered black rhinos. Ngulia rhino sanctuary is situated on the foothills of Ngulia hills covering an area of 80 square kilometers, this sanctuary is fenced with a 1 meter high electric fence and protected by rangers and stuff. Ngulia rhino sanctuary there is 80 rhino individuals which are easy to spot while on your visit in the sanctuary. In Ngulia sanctuary you do not only spot black rhinos but you can also spot leopards and elephants.
Shetani lava flow
Shetani lava flow are spectacular lava flows situated on the route leading to Amboseli national park about 4 kilometers west of Chyulu gate of Tsavo west national park, this lava flow is magnificent 50 kilometers lava outpour from Chyulu hills in a form of a moonscape. Shetani lava flow are said to have been formed a hundred years ago due to volcanic eruptions but the locals have a different myth which make them more amazing, the locals believe they are a result of the devil himself emerging from the earth which explains the name given to the lava flow. The lava flow’s name Shetani is a Swahili word meaning devil, Shetani lava flow creates a spectacular view never to miss while in Tsavo west national park, in the same area there is Shetani caves created as a result of volcanic activity/ eruptions. These caves are explored with a help of a flash light.
Mzima springs are magnificent features you should not miss while on your safari in Tsavo national park, Mzima springs are a series of four natural springs situated west of Tsavo national park about 48 kilometers from Mitto Andei town of Makueni county. These springs owe their source to chyulu hills which are composed of a range of volcanic lava rocks and ash, Mzima springs are a habitant to resident hippos and crocodiles which are spotted living in the water pools of the springs. The springs are located in an isolated area which makes them a perfect home for hippopotamus and crocodiles to live a peaceful life in the water pools of the springs. Mzima springs became famous as they were part of wildlife film-makers Alan and Joan Root’s 1969 nature documentary a portrait of spring which featured underground footage of crocodiles and hippopotamuses.
Chyulu hills are an impressive features you shouldn’t miss will on your safari in Tsavo west national park, these hills are situated 150 kilometers east of Kenya rift and 30 kilometers from kibwezi town. Chyulu Hills form a 100 kilometers long volcanic field covering an area of 741 square kilometers with the highest peak standing at the height of 2188 kilometers. Chyulu hills divide the Tsavo and Amboseli plains and very visible on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, these hills create a magnificent scenic view which is perfect for sightseeing and photography.
Roaring rocks are spectacular feature in Tsavo west national park resembling the same spot in lion king where mufasa holds Simba showing the young to the animals in the king he led as a king, these rocks are situated near Ngulia rhino sanctuary and for a long time these rocks have been an observation point. Roaring rocks derives their name from the wind that hits the rocks and rebounds creating a loud roar, these hills offer magnificent panoramic views to visit but to enjoy these scenic views of the surrounding you have to climb to the top of the hills. It said that as wind blows through the hills it makes sounds like a lion roar thus roaring rocks.
Chaimu hill is a great observation point for enjoying the views of Tsavo west national park and the views of Majestic Mountain Kilimanjaro from a distance, this hill is great for hiking which takes approximately 20 minutes of hike.
Note: when hiking Chaimu hill, there is no shade so you should expect getting hot that is why it is important to carry head caps and sunscreen lotion while visiting the hill.
Poacher’s hill is a magnificent feature to visit while on your safari in Tsavo national park, poacher’s outlook offers 360 degrees panoramic views of the grand Tsavo west national park, originally the hill was used by poachers to look out for elephants and rhinos before the gazetting of the area.
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