Tsavo West National Park is a protected area covering 7,065 sq. km. Together with Tsavo East National Park, they form the larger Tsavo National Park. It is the most popular park after Masai Mara Game Reserve. Tsavo West National Park attractions include wildlife, Mzima Springs, and Ngulia Sanctuary.  You should carry sunglasses, sunscreen, a hut, binoculars, a camera, and drinking water. Accommodation is readily available.

Tsavo West National Park animals

The park is a true wildlife wilderness. Compared to Tsavo East National Park, it does not have many animals. But it has many species. It is home to elephants, lions, rhinos, and leopards. Buffalos are present in large herds. It has specials such as lesser kudu, fringe-eared oryx, and gerenuk. You can spot other animals such as impalas, cheetahs, gazelles, giraffes, baboons, and hyenas among others. You can easily spot these animals during the dry season. This is between June to October and January to February.


For the best bird-watching experience, Tsavo West is the perfect destination. It has over 600 bird species. Ngulia Hills is a great spot to watch birds. The most common species are red-backed shrike, common whitethroat, and river warbler. You can also spot vulturine guineafowl, golden palm weaver, and eagle owl. All seasons are great for watching resident birds. Migratory birds are common between November and April.

Mzima Springs is one of the key Tsavo West National Park attractions. They are a series of four natural springs. They are made of gallons of water that originate from lava rocks. Travelers enjoy the sightings of white crystal water from underground.

Ngulia Sanctuary

 Ngulia Sanctuary is home to the endangered black rhinos. If you love these rare animals, then you should visit the park. You will enjoy a closer view of wildlife in an untouched wilderness.


Tsavo West National Park is a rugged and beautiful wilderness. Its savannah ecosystem has acacia woodlands, scrublands, rocky ridges, riverine vegetation, and open grasslands. These features give it a scenic view. Its wildlife and birds make it a magnificent view. It is a great place to achieve your safari dream.

FAQs About Tsavo West National Park

  • is in which county?

Tsavo West National Park is located in Taita Taveta County in Kenya. This is on the southeast side of Nairobi. It is about 240 km from Nairobi. It is located in the popular Taru Desert. Its coordinates are 2.9633° S and 38.1440° E. It is easy to get to the park by road or air.

  • What activities are done at Tsavo West National Park?

Tourists enjoy game drives in the park. While animal densities are low, the park is home to many species. Bird species are plentiful making the park a great place to enjoy bird watching. You can visit Ngulia Sanctuary for closer views of black rhinos. Mzima Springs offer visitors a beautiful view of white crystal water from the underground.

  • Which is the best time to visit Tsavo West National Park?

You can enjoy bird watching in the park at any time across the year. Between November and April, you can spot many migratory birds. For wildlife viewing, the dry season is the best time to visit the park. This is between June to September and January to February. You will find most tourists during this season in the park. The wet season is between April to May and November. Wildlife is still present during this season. But rains may interfere with most activities such as game drives. Roads may not be passable.

  • How do I get to Tsavo West National Park?

Tsavo West National Park is about 250 km from Mombasa. From Nairobi, it is located about 240 km. You can get there by road. From Mombasa, you can drive via Tsavo Gate near Manyani. From Nairobi, you can get there via Mtito Andei Gate. You can travel by air. The park has three airstrips