From Stone Age to Safari with Tsavo

Steeped in history, the expansive Tsavo National Park was originally home to a Stone Age community that lived near the Galana River some 6,000 years ago. Later, the Orma people—who still populate parts of Kenya today—made this their territory. The park is now divided into east and west by a railway. Both ‘mini-parks’ offer abundant opportunities and different vantage points from which to observe the African landscape.

Rock-climbing is hugely popular in the Tsavo National Park thanks to Mudanda Rock in the east, and the sharp cliffs of Kitchwa Tembo in the west. Resting climbers will find themselves eye-to-eye with soaring birds of prey, and on a clear day you’ll be treated to magnificent views of snow-capped Kilimanjaro. The clear waters of Mzima Springs attract crowds of hippos, crocodiles, and vervet monkeys, while the park at large is teeming with all manner of wildlife—including the illustrious Big 5. 

Both parks cover an impressive 4% of Kenya, making it one of the world’s largest. The endless plains of Tsavo East along with the volcanic hillocks of Tsavo West are home to maneless lions, hippos, leopard, and reddish-tinged elephants. A selection of lodges are scattered around the park offering all the comforts that accompany an African safari experience.

 

Highlights

  • The Tsavo National Park covers an impressive 4% of Kenya
  • Archaeological sites prove it was also the home to a Late Stone Age community 
  • The infamous maneless lions still inhabit the area—descendants of those known as the Tsavo Man-Eaters
  • Rock-climbing mecca with views of Kilimanjaro 
  • Mzima Springs attract hordes of hippos, crocodiles, and vervet monkeys
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