Tsavo West National Park & Chyulu
Area: 9,065 square kilometers
By Road : 6-7 hours from Nairobi
This is where the notorious "Man Eaters of Tsavo", man-eating lions preyed on the railway linesman building the great Uganda railway in 1900. The park has important historic connections as a major battleground in World War I where British and German troops battled for supremacy. It offers tremendous views with diverse habitats ranging from mountains, river forest, plains, lakes and wooded grassland.
Game include: cheetah, leopard, buffalo, rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, plains game, crocodile and small mammals including mongoose, hyrax, dik dik and the nocturnal porcupine. Mzima springs is a star attraction, a pool of natural spring water with underwater viewing hides for observing hippos.
Chyulu Hills National Park is an extenstion of Tsavo West National Park. It is a collection of ancient volcanic cinder cones and craters, with the most recent volcanic peak formed only 500 years ago and offers breathtaking views of the landscape including Mount Kilimanjaro.
Within Chyulu Hills National Park is the longest lava tube in the world, this was formed by hot lava flowing beneath a cooled outer crust. Caves on the side of the volcano can be explored. Animals commonly seen here are buffalo, bushbuck, eland, elephant, leopard, warthog, wildebeest and zebra. The western half of the park is part of the West Chyulu Game Conservation area, owned by several Maasai groups.
Chyulu Hills has no permanent water supply but rainfall permeates the porus rock forming an underground river, which provides fresh water sources in the surrounding plains, most notably Mzima Springs as well as the Tsavo and Galana Rivers.
National Parks & Areas Of Interest