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Africa Untamed Wilderness Adventures

  • Altitude 500-6000ft
  • Area 9,065sq. kms
  • Distance from Nairobi / Mombasa 232kms
  • Opened April 1948
  • Cave and geological exploration: Shetani lava flow and caves
  • Excellent bird watching-over 600 species
  • Game: elephant, rhino, lion
  • Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary
  • Mzima springs-underwater hippo watching
  • Excellent views of Mount Kilimanjaro

Later in 1900 the notorious "Man Eaters of Tsavo", man-eating lions preyed on the railway linesman building the great Uganda Railway in 1900. The carriage from which they pulled a traveler is on display in Nairobi Railway Museum. Tsavo-West has important historic connections as a major battleground in World War 1 where British and German troops battled for supremacy.

The park is easy to reach, located off the main Nairobi-Mombasa road. It offers tremendous views with diverse habitats ranging from mountains, river forest, plains, lakes and wooded grassland. Its plains border with the southern Serengeti plains in Tanzania. Game includes: leopard, cheetah, buffalo, rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, plains game, crocodile and small mammals including mongoose, hyrax, dik dik and the nocturnal porcupine.

It is an excellent park for visitors who enjoy walking; offering a number of nature trails and the opportunity to explore the Chaimu volcanic crater and guides are available.

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 extension of Tsavo-West National Park. It was opened in January 1983 to protect its unique habitat and role as a vital water catchments area. The Chyulus are a volcanic mountain range with a mix of volcanic cones and barren lava flows of which the most interesting is Shetani, meaning "Devil" in Swahili. Game includes buffalo, zebra, giraffe, oryx, lion leopard and many species of bird and plant.

The park allows a number of activities: horse riding, hiking, camping, archeological and geological safaris with caves to explore and fantastic views across the Amboseli and Tsavo plains.

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