Tsavo West National Park covers 7065 km2, approximately 30% of Kenya’s area under parks, and contains a diversity of habitats, wildlife and a mountainous scenic landscape.
The park is a vast expanse of savanna stretching from Mtito Andei, along the Mombasa-Nairobi road and south to the Tanzanian border. The North Eastern boundary along the Highway adjoins Tsavo East National Park, but Tsavo West has a more varied topography and a more diverse array of habitats than its neighbour.
The park’s habitats include open plains alternating with Savannah bush and semi desert scrub, acacia woodlands; rocky ridges and outcrops and more extensive ranges and isolated hills; belts of riverine vegetation; palm thickets and on the Chyulu hills, mountain forest.
There are numerous rocky outcrops and ridges and part of the park, towards the Chyulu Hills, is of recent volcanic origin with lava flows and ash cones including the Shetani lava flow, an example of a recent volacano.
In the far south western corner on the Kenya Tanzania border is Lake Jipe, part of which is in the park. This very attractive lake is fed by runoff from Mt. Kilimanjaro and the North Pare mountains.
At Mzima Springs, in the North of the park, water that has filtered underground from the Chyulu Hills gushes from below a lava ridge into a series of clear pools.
Day 1: NAIROBI – AMBOSELI
Depart Nairobi at 0800 hrs and head south towards Namanga to Amboseli national park arriving in time for lunch. Afternoon game viewing to see different animals and Kilimanjaro at the backdrop. Dinner and overnight at the Camp/Lodge.
Day 2: AMBOSELI
Morning and afternoon game viewing to see the animals which include, black Rhino, Lion, Buffalo, Gazelle, Cheetah, Wildebeest, Hyena, Jackal, Monkey, Masai giraffe, Zebra and Baboon.
Amboseli has a large number of Elephants and many different species of birds. All meals and overnight at the Camp/Lodge.
Day 3:AMBOSELI – TSAVO
After breakfast depart for Tsavo West with game viewing enroute, arriving Tsavo in time for lunch. Afternoon game viewing takes you to Mzima Springs which is a fresh water source and a favorite haunt for Hippos and Crocodiles. Climbing Chaimu Crater gives stunning views from either side of the dense vegetation of the park. Animals seen in the park include Zebras, Leopards, Lions, and Elephants that tend to hide in the thickets. The birds include the eagles, buzzards, falcons and red-beaked Hornbills.
Dinner and overnight at the Camp/Lodge.
Day 4: TSAVO – NAIROBI
Early morning game viewing followed by breakfast. After breakfast, depart Tsavo for Mombasa, the driver will drop you at Mtoto Andei where he will assist you board a bus to Mombasa arriving in the afternoon.