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Tsavo West National Park

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... is the section of the enormous Tsavo conservation area which lies to the south of the main Nairobi to Mombasa road in Southeast Kenya.

At 9,065 square kilometres, this very substantial conservation area is best know for its broad red plains, whose endless acacia scrub and occasional waterholes which sustain to reasonable populations of wildlife.

The area also contains some dramatic mountain scenery and the well known Mzima Spring, where an underwater hide sometimes provides views of swimming hippos.

Despite this being a rather interesting safari area, we very rarely consider Tsavo West for inclusion in trips. Because of its proximity to the coast, Tsavo has found itself largely servicing the budget 'bush and beach' packaged holiday crowds, with fleets of minibuses coming up-country for short 1 to 3 night budget safaris.


Finch Hatton's Lodge ... is the most upmarket option, set on the northwestern side of the reserve.

Kilaguni Serena Lodge ... is a large but relatively high quality lodge, overlooking a large waterhole, also in the northwest corner.


Visitors on higher quality flying safaris tend to stay in the Chyulu Hills area which lies between Tsavo East and Amboseli.
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