National Park was divided into East and West for administrative purposes.
The two Parks are divided by NairobiMombasa railway /road.
East is a very popular Park as is indicated by the high number of tourists.
Some of the attractive scenic features include: large herds of elephants
and other wildlife, it is easily accessible by road, air (light aircraft)
and railway, the Park is a catchments for coast resorts
visitors, popular legend of Tsavo The Man-eaters of Tsavo.Yatta
plateau It is about 290Km long and is one of the worlds longest
lava flows.Lugards Falls on the Galana river This is not a true
falls but a series of rapids. Visitors can walk down to the river to view
the rapids.Mudanda rock This is a long rock outcrop that is about
1.6Km long. There is a dam at the base. Animals can be seen drinking.
Visitors can walk along the rock and enjoy a cool breeze as well as view
wildlife at the base.
Tsavo West National Park covers 7065 km2, approximately 30% of Kenya's area under parks, and contains a diversity of habitats, wildlife and a mountainous scenic landscape. The park's habitats include open plains alternating with Savannah bush and semi desert scrub, acacia woodlands; rocky ridges and outcrops and more extensive ranges and isolated hills; belts of riverine vegetation; palm thickets and on the Chyulu hills, mountain forest.There are numerous rocky outcrops and ridges and part of the park, towards the Chyulu Hills, is of recent volcanic origin with lava flows and ash cones including the Shetani lava flow, an example of a recent volacano.In the far south western corner on the Kenya Tanzania border is Lake Jipe, part of which is in the park. This very attractive lake is fed by runoff from Mt. Kilimanjaro and the North Pare mountains.At Mzima Springs, in the North of the park, water that has filtered underground from the Chyulu Hills gushes from below a lava ridge into a series of clear pools.Temperature ranges from 20 - 30º C and rainfall from 200mm - 700mm. Two ran seasons: Long rains - March/April & Short rains - Nov/December.
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