Tsavo West

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Voyager Ziwani, Heritage Hotels

Tsavo is the largest Gamepark in Kenya, and it’s close proximity to the coast make it a popular safari destination.

It’s divided into two parts;

West Tsavo is slightly harder to get to, but is the heart of the wilderness and it is here where you find many of the exclusive, luxury camps.

Local Tip

Wildlife you can expect to see include giraffe, zebra, antelopes of all shapes and sizes, crocodile, hyena, ostrich, warthog and so many more. There are hundreds of species of birds and more.

Location & Landscape

It’s diverse landscapes range from mountains, plains, lakes, wooded grasslands, scrubland with enormous baobab trees to river forest. The vast openness, make it easy to imagine that this unspoiled wilderness was probably how all of East Africa once looked.

Things to do in and around Tsavo West

Mzima Springs is an oasis in Tsavo West, and has nature walks, an underwater viewing chamber, hippo pools and rapids making this an interesting place to visit. Black lava outcrops at Shetani are also interesting as are the caves and Chaimu crater nearby.


You’ll see many elephant, the big 5 (leopard, lion, rhino, elephant and buffalo) and a whole host of other animals and birds.

Where to Stay

BKenya recommended places to stay on Tsavo West:

Other places you may want to consider:

Directions: From Mombasa: Drive to Voi (about 1-2hours) and take a left turn just before you hit the town. There’s a large sign. Follow the road, it’s basically a reasonable tarmac road with rough patches. Follow it for an hour or so until you get to Tsavo West.

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