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Tsavo West National Park

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In the land of Lions and Lava.


Tsavo West


If you think about places to visit in Kenya, make sure to include Tsavo West National park on your list.
Tsavo West National Park's landscape is dominated by giant baobabs reputed to live a thousand years. After the rain, Tsavo West National Park is showered with white and pink ipomea and acacia trees of white and pink blossom. The desert rose, somewhat like a miniature baobab, has pink flowers of striking beauty at almost any time of the year. On a clear day, the park offers lovely views of the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Tsavo West offers magnificent game viewing. Thick vegetation makes it more difficult compared to more open parks, for example, the Masai Mara, but with some patience, visitors can see some of the big five along with a wide range of antelope species, hippos, and spectacular birdlife. Just make sure you have the best binoculars for your safari. Large African Eland antelopes, are a familliar site, together with Dick-Dicks, the smallest antelopes in Africa.


Tsavo West

Two,Three and Four Night Safaris

Day 1: Mombasa - Tsavo West

Early pick up from the hotel and transfer to Tsavo West National Park and begin a game drive en route to your Safari camp or Lodge for check in and lunch. Afternoon Safari Game Drive in Tsavo West till sunset. Dinner and overnight at your safari lodge or tented camp.

Day 2: Mombasa - Tsavo West

Early morning game drive followed by breakfast. After breakfast game drive en route out of the park and then return journey to your coastal hotel.

Additional 3, 4 and 5 Days

What's Included

  • All Transfers
  • Flights
  • Park Fees
  • Accommodation on Full Board basis
  • Game Drives
  • A bottle of water per person per day in the vehicle
Additional 3, 4 and 5 Days

What to wear and pack for Safaris

  • Loose comfortable clothing preferably in earth colours
  • Smart casual clothes for the evening
  • Suncream and Hats
  • Swimwear. Check with your Rep if your safari accommodation has a swimming pool
  • Trainers, Walking Shoes or Sandals that you can strap down
  • Warm clothes for the early morning and evening, especially in the Masai Mara
  • Water
  • Camera. The majority of lodges have electricity to recharge your camera
  • Water
  • Mosquito Repellant
  • Binoculars
Additional 3, 4 and 5 Days

Kenya Safari Seasons

KENYA SAFARI SEASONS

The weather in Kenya is good for safaris at all times of year, though there is a greater chance of encountering rain from mid-April to the end of May and in November. Some people like to travel in these “rainy” months when dramatic cloud formations gather over the Mara plains, there is a sense of refreshment and grasslands are carpeted in new flowers.
Daily temperatures are influenced by altitude, so in the higher areas like Samburu you need a fleece for the cool early morning drives, but by 9am this is discarded as temperatures rise to the high 20s.
After a delicious lunch you take a siesta during the warm early afternoon with temperatures in the low 30s. Head out on safari around 4pm as it gets cooler and the animals start moving, remembering to take the fleece for when the sun has dipped below the horizon.
Weather is more a consideration at the coast, so don’t visit the Kenya coast from the first week of April to the first few days of June as the rains are heavier in coastal areas. At all other times of year the Kenya coast weather is warm, gently humid and breezy, at its very best from late November through to March.

Additional 3, 4 and 5 Days

 

Your Choices of Accommodation in Tsavo West National Park

As with all El Moran Safaris, we offer a wide range of choices in accommodation for the Tsavo West National Park.

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Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge

Superbly situated in the lee of Mount Kilimanjaro and sheltered by the volcanic splendour of the Chyulu Hills, this classic stone-built lodge overlooks its own water hole, which is visited daily by elephants, buffalos and a wide variety of plains game. One of the first lodges ever to be built in a national park, the lodge is cool, tranquil and hushed for optimum game-viewing. It is also ideally placed for visits to all the park's prime attractions.
Faced in volcanic stone and utilising the natural rocky outcrops of a valley known as ‘the place of the young rhino', from which it takes its name, the lodge features a thatched central dining area and a rock-built bar, with a viewing terrace looking directly down on to the waterhole.
All the spacious ensuite rooms have their own verandas, some overlooking the waterhole, some the Chyulu Hills, which are one of the world's youngest volcanic ranges. As for activities, the lodge offers numerous game drives, guided walks, bush breakfasts, volcano climbs and trips to Mzima Springs, a set of crystal-clear ponds, fed by the melt waters of Mount Kilimanjaro, in which the many hippos can be viewed from a submerged chamber.



Severin Safari Camp

The Severin Safari Camp is located in Tsavo West National Park, the biggest game reserve in East Africa, about 250 km from Mombasa and Nairobi. With view to Mt. Kilimanjaro, it offers a unique landscape with vast savannahs, wooded flood plains and the famous "red" elephants. The camp is not fenced and therefore perfectly integrated into nature. From your tent you enjoy a wonderful view to the landscape and the wild animals wandering around the waterhole. Massai warriors assure your safety round the clock and also stand representatively for the balance of man and nature at Severin Safari Camp.
Besides lions, buffalos, leopards and countless bird species, the biggest elephant population of Kenya lives in Tsavo. It only takes 10 km to visit Mzima Springs, a lake with crocodiles and hippos. From the Poacher's Lookout nearby, our guests enjoy an awesome view to the endless vastness of the national park.



Ngulia Lodge

Built in 1969, is located in Tsavo West National Park which a home to a big host of wild animals. It can be accessed from Nairobi (260 km away), through Mtito Andei Gate or from Mombasa (250km away) through Tsavo River Gate. The Lodge is perched on the Ndawe Escarpment just below Ngulia Hills, overlooking the Rhino Sanctuary surrounded by Scenic Hills. Ngulia Safari Lodge no doubt has one of the most breathtaking views in Kenya. Guests take guided expeditions to Mzima Springs ( a living Oasis inhabited with fish, crocodiles and hippos), Hippo Point ( inhabited with hippos and crocodiles), Shetani Caves, Chaimu Lava flows, Kichwa Tembo and Roaring Rocks among others.The Lodge has 52 standard rooms, all with bath and shower and a balcony with a view of the vast wilderness and floodlit water holes.
There are two restaurants:
The main restaurant - built in an open-air style, has a view of floodlit water holes and the Leopard dining tree. There is also the Leopard view bar open in the evenings before the arrival of the leopard from the wilderness. Guests can enjoy their meals as they watch the leopard feast, other animals drink water and make love, and the birds compete in their melodies.

 

Finch Hattons

The camp accommodates up to 60 people in spacious safari “tents” attractively constructed in light beige canvas with large “windows”, wooden flooring and a permanent thatched roof. All have en-suite bathrooms, large mirrors, WC, hot and cold running water and showers and are equipped with a fully stocked mini bar, shaver outlets for 110v and 200v and hairdryers.The emphasis is on tasteful comfort with either double or twin beds, period brass lamps, writing desks and Afghan ‘Kilims’All tents are built on elevated platforms with spectacular views of the surrounding springs and forest. Large wooden decks with a comfortable day bed, chairs and table offer a tranquil and relaxing retreat. The main restaurant of Finch Hattons reflects a bygone era of taste and elegance. In the evening an exquisite dinner of six courses is served - often to the sound of Mozart. Although jackets and ties are excused, gentlemen are requested to wear long trousers.
The comfortable lounge and bar areas are elegantly furnished to create an informal country house atmosphere. On the mezzanine floor, guests may enjoy the respite of a cozy library cum reading room. In addition to a varied choice of books there is also an excellent range of classical and slightly more contemporary music. Naturally the selection includes many of the Mozart classics favored by Denys Finch Hatton. The bar is open all day and also services the pool terraces. Indigenous trees surround an elevated swimming pool and shaded deck area where guests can enjoy a refreshing swim or take time to relax between game drives. A small gift shop stocked with a wide range of high quality books and gifts is open throughout the day.
Breakfast and lunch are served “al fresco” on the large terrace overlooking the main hippo pool with a backdrop of Mt Kilimanjaro in the distance.Dinner consists of a six course meal served in the elegantly beautiful dining room. Finch Hattons pride themselves on an extensive cellar of imported wines, a wide range of premium spirits and other preferred beverages from a well stocked bar.



Ngulia Lodge

Built in 1969, is located in Tsavo West National Park which a home to a big host of wild animals. It can be accessed from Nairobi (260 km away), through Mtito Andei Gate or from Mombasa (250km away) through Tsavo River Gate. The Lodge is perched on the Ndawe Escarpment just below Ngulia Hills, overlooking the Rhino Sanctuary surrounded by Scenic Hills. Ngulia Safari Lodge no doubt has one of the most breathtaking views in Kenya. Guests take guided expeditions to Mzima Springs ( a living Oasis inhabited with fish, crocodiles and hippos), Hippo Point ( inhabited with hippos and crocodiles), Shetani Caves, Chaimu Lava flows, Kichwa Tembo and Roaring Rocks among others.The Lodge has 52 standard rooms, all with bath and shower and a balcony with a view of the vast wilderness and floodlit water holes.
There are two restaurants:
The main restaurant - built in an open-air style, has a view of floodlit water holes and the Leopard dining tree. There is also the Leopard view bar open in the evenings before the arrival of the leopard from the wilderness. Guests can enjoy their meals as they watch the leopard feast, other animals drink water and make love, and the birds compete in their melodies.


Lions Bluff

Stunning panoramic views over the golden green savannah rolling away to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, the North and South Pare mountains and the Taita Hills.
Secluded in Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary amidst peace and quiet, yet easily accessible from Mombasa and Nairobi. Exclusive, just twelve traditionally-built ensuite bandas from whose verandahs you can literally overlook wildlife, going about their daily life undisturbed.
Conservation, the sanctuary preserves a unique eco system rich with wildlife, encompassing one of Africa's most ancient elephant migratory corridors and an important breeding Stay in a small, unique lodge of sustainable timber, canvas and traditional coconut thatch. Sip sundowners on an open terrace with Kilimanjaro as the back drop, followed by dinner overlooking a small water hole visited by a family of elephants.
Sleep in a hand-made four poster bed in crisp cotton sheets and awake to Africa's incredible sunrise ready to enjoy a game drive or bush walk before a hearty breakfast ..perhaps in the bush.. and you have begun to conjure up the magic that is Lions Bluff. site for lions.