Tsavo West National Park
Tsavo West National Park is Land of Lava, springs , Lions that are Man- eaters,numerous hills variety of wildlife and prolific bird species
Tsavo West National Park lies to the west of the Nairobi- Mombasa road, equidistant between Mombasa and Nairobi
It’s painted on a sprawling canvas of endless skies, bright green hills, liquid lava flows, palm fringed rivers, teeming wildlife
Attractions in Tsavo West National Park
The source of the springs is a natural reservoir under the Chyulu Hills to the north.
The Chyulu range is composed of volcanic lava rock and ash, which is too porous to allow rivers to flow. Instead, rain water percolates through the rock, and may spend
25 years underground before emerging 50 kilometres away at Mzima.
The natural filtration process gives rise to Mzima's famously clear stream, which flows through a series of pools and rapids. Two kilometres downstream from the springs, the stream is blocked by a solidified
lava flow and disappears below the surface again.
Mzima is one of Tsavo's west national park most popular wildlife attractions owing to its resident populations of hippos and Nile crocodiles.
The hippos also sustain an entire food chain. They browse the surrounding savannah by night and return to Mzima's pools by day, where their dung fertilizes the water.
Fruiting trees such as date and r
affia palms and figs grow beside the water, using their submerged roots to absorb nutrients. Their fruits are a source of food for Vervet monkeys and a variety of birds.
Below the water's surface, the invertebrates which feed on the hippo dung are preyed on by fish and water birds
The molten lava that forms the Shetani lava flow spewed from the earth just 200 years ago and its fiery fury was thought by local people to be the work of the devil
Birdlife in Tsavo West National Park
In excess of 500 bird species have been recorded
Tsavo West National Park is known for the annual bird ringing which take place between October and December, trapping and tagging the migrants from Europe and Asia, mostly Warblers which flocks in their hundreds
Ringers/banders travel from all the world to witness the exercise
Tsavo West National Park has the highest population of Kenya's Elephants, more than 11,000 roam the vast ecosystem
Altitude: 150-1800 metres above sea level
Area: 9,065 km2
Gazetted: April 1948