Global Basecamps Photo of the Month: Tsavo West National Park

by ali
Tsavo West
Photo by Jennifer Greer 2011

“This photo is of the watering hole that was right outside a restaurant we ate at in Tsavo West National Park. Tsavo West is a Game Park in Northern Kenya, located South-East of Nairobi. The park is divided into East and West by the Mombasa/Nairobi road. Tsavo West seems to be more popular than Tsavo East, because of the incredible scenery, diverse wildlife and Mzima Springs, where there is an underwater hippo observatory. The wildlife in the park includes leopards, cheetahs, buffalos, rhinos, elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, crocodiles, and a variety of other small mammals and birds. Though we didn’t see all of the big five at Tsavo, we did see lions, elephants, and a buffalo and it was an incredible experience!”

Tsavo is the largest national park in Kenya, and includes a wide range of habitats and a large variety of animals. The elephants of Tsavo are often referred to as red elephants, since the red soil of Tsavo coats their skin. The best time of year to visit is June-September. You will experience heavier rains in March and April and light rains in November and December, though the park is still great to visit year round with the temperature ranging from around 68-86°F.

Global Basecamps offers sustainable travel options in Kenya and Tanzania eco tours. Campi ya Kanzi, located in Kenya's prime game area between Amboseli and Tsavo National Parks, provides a luxury camping experience for your exclusive private safari. To start planning your private safari please fill out our custom tours form online or give us a call at (866) 577-2462.

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