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Land of lava, springs, man-eaters & magical sunsets

The spectacular Mzima Springs is an impressive sight of a million gallons of crystal clear waters gushing out of the under parched lava rocks forming the most welcoming and lovely scenes from Africa’s rolling jungle. Painted on a sprawling canvas of endless skies, emerald hills, liquid lava flows, palm fringed rivers, teeming wildlife and sparkling oasis set against the impressive backdrop of mile upon mile of cloud shadowed African savannah.

Tsavo West National Park is the second largest protected area in Kenya and is famous for the man eater lions who to date carry a bizarre history long after they terrorized, maimed and killed construction workers of the Kenya-Uganda Railway in 1898. The railway construction was abruptly halted by the most voracious and insatiable man-eating lions.

The first World War Site-East African Campaign, and perhaps the most bizarre campaign of the world war was fought in the “Bundu” (Bush) – the barely explored wilderness of thorny shrub and dense forest of Tsavo West. This last ‘gentleman war’ was waged under the code of honor-sometimes; or under guerilla tactics adopted from African tribal fighters.

Lake Jipe, lies astride Kenya and Tanzania boarder and is teeming with aquatic life, Bird watching is also major activity around the lake.

Attractions & Activities

Tsavo West is home to the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary; this is where the growing population of highly endangered black Rhino.

Glorious game drives: Tsavo West offers some of the most magnificent game viewing experiences in the world; Spot the Leopard, cheetah, buffalo, rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, plains game, crocodile, mongoose, hyrax, Oryx, dik dik, lesser kudu, Klipspringer and the nocturnal porcupine. The prolific bird life features 600 recorded species.

The Park features over 1,000 plant species and a mixed habitat of bush, grasslands and acacia woodlands dotted with baobab, ivory palm, saltbush, doum palm, tamarind and fig trees. Cave exploration at Shetani lava flow is also another activity visitors can enjoy. The molten lava that forms Shetani lava spewed from the earth about 200 years ago and according to the local folklore, the fiery fury was work of the devil.
The Poacher’s Lookout and roaring rocks is a panoramic vantage point from which to catch a bird’s eye view of the scenic topography and the movement of wildlife.
Lake Jipe that lies astride Kenya and Tanzania boarder teems with aquatic life while bird watching is also a major activity for bird lovers around the lake.

The picturesque identical five sisters of Tsavo hills are a volcanic feature that provides a scenic backdrop for wildlife photography. Chaimu Hill is a unique one that stands on its own.

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Stay in the Wild. Explore. Create memories

Set in the quietude of nature, KWS offers a modest and wide range of self-catering accommodation options targeting the budget traveler. Whether you are looking to get away from the exhausting grind of life, a break away from the hustle and bustle of the city right into the serenity of bush, or you just long to soak in your senses and reconnect with nature, KWS bandas and guesthouses offer the perfect ambience.

Kamboyo Guest House
Accommodation: 1unit, 8Pax
Consists of four bedrooms; master bedroom with a double bed and a single bed, 2nd bedroom with a double bed, 3rd bedroom with two single beds and 4th bedroom with a single bed.

Amenities: Two bathrooms, one being ensuite to the master bedroom. . Equipped with a kitchenette, caretaker, electricity and toiletries.

Citizens & Residents: KES 15, 000
Non Residents: US$ 240

Lake Jipe Cottages
Accommodation: 3units; 2Pax per unit
Each unit consists of two single beds and one communal kitchen located outside. Kitchen is equipped with cutlery, cooking utensils and gas.
Amenities: Lighting is powered by solar panels
Citizens & Residents: KES 3,000
Non Residents: US$ 50

Public Campsites;
For this category, standard amenities are provided; water, toilet/bathroom and kitchen area. Public campsites do not require prior booking.
• Komboyo
• Chyulu
• Lake Jipe

*Reservation of bandas/guesthouses and special campsites should be done through the park warden or through KWS headquarters reservations desk;
*Prevailing camping rates apply per person per day for both special and public campsites including other park charges.

What to take with you
Personal effects, clean drinking water, food, camping equipment if the visitor intends to stay overnight in the camp/Bandas.
Also important are; Camera, binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellant, first aid kit, sunglasses, appropriate hiking gear and reserve car fuel if intending to be in the park longer.

Special Services

Security/Guided tour per guide
• KES 1,720 – up to 4 hours
• KES 3,015 – Over 4 hours

Night Game Drive (Per person per trip):
• KES 2,155

Vehicle Charges per day
• Less than 6 seats - KES 300
• 6-12 seats - KES 1,030
• 13-24 seats - KES 2,585
• 25-44 seats - KES 4,050
• 45 seats and above - KES 5,000

How to get there

By Road: Travel 240 km from Nairobi and 250km from Mombasa. The park is accessible from Mtito Andei Gate and also accessible through Chyulu Gate from Amboseli National Park.
The main access gates are Tsavo River, Lake Jipe, Mtito Andei (Kamboyo HQ), Chyulu, Maktau and Ziwani. Visitors from Mombasa also can use Tsavo Gate near Manyani

By Air: Visitors can jet in using Kilaguni and Finch Hattons airstrips. Other alternative airstrips include Kamboyo, Ziwani, Tsavo River, Lake Jipe, Maktau and Kasigau airstrips.

By Rail: Standard Gauge Railway from Nairobi Terminus to Mtito Andei Station OR From Mombasa Terminus to Mtito Andei Station.

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