Tsavo National Park
Tsavo is the largest national park in Kenya and because of the size, the park was split into two, Tsavo West and Tsavo East. The division is the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway.Tsavo National Park possesses volcanic hills, four rivers, more than 60 major mammal species and 1000 plant species. The northern part of Tsavo West is the most developed with spectacular scenery. The two watering holes, Mzima Springs and the Chaimu Crater are a highlight of Tsavo. Wildlife is not as easily spotted in Tsavo West because of the tall vegetation.Tsavo East is famous for its large herds of elephant with most of the wildlife sights taking place around the Galana River.
Tsavo West National Park
Address: Box 71, Kenya
The volcanic Taita Hills are a fertile area west of the Mombasa-Nairobi highway. The hills include three groups: the Dabida, Sagalla and Kasigau. African violets have their origins in the Taita Hills with over twenty different species growing.Taita Hills Game Sanctuary is a privately owned game reserve operated by the Hilton Hotels International who own two game lodges within the sanctuary. A variety of wildlife can be viewed in their natural habitat including lions, elephants, leopards, giraffes and cheetahs. The lodges offer nocturnal wildlife drives for anyone staying at the facilities.Bird watchers will find an abundant amount of bird life including the extremely rare Taita Falcon, a bird recorded in early Egyptian hieroglyphics.
Wundanyi is set up high in the Taita Hills and a pleasant stop for respite from the heat of Tsavo. The cultivated slopes around Wundanyi lead to gorges, waterfalls and cliffs - all offering spectacular views. The original African violets were discovered in the Taita Hills and the East Africa Biodiversity Project is working to preserve the current ecosystem.Other attractions in the hills surrounding Wundanyi include Ngangao Forest, Wesu Rock and the Cave of Skulls. The Cave of Skulls is believed to have some sacred purpose and became the final resting place for ancestral skulls of the Taita people.
Tsavo East National Park
Address: Box 14, Kenya
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