Discover luxury and boutique hotels in Tsavo

So photogenic it landed a starring role in Out of Africa, Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park (Tsavo to those in the know) is worthy of a spot in the safari walk of fame. Game drives through the savannah promise sightings of critters far beyond the Big Five – count off cheetahs and hippos alongside the lions and elephants – but beyond the bush there’s even more adventure to be had. Roam mist-cloaked rainforests or criss-cross through ancient caves, then hunt down a Robert Redford lookalike and toast Kilimanjaro’s looming peak with a post-safari sundowner.

When to go

The dry season, from late June to October, is your best bet for successful safaris.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Fly into Nairobi’s international hub Jomo Kenyatta, transfer to nearby Wilson Airport, then either hit the road (with your own set of wheels or a hotel transfer) or catch a Safarilink flight or private charter to Tsavo. Hotels can help with arranging air transfers.
  • Trains

    The Madaraka Express train runs between Nairobi and Mombasa to Mtito Andei, on the western edge of the park.
  • Automobiles

    It’s around a four-hour drive from Nairobi and little less from Mombasa. Local road-users aren’t always sticklers for safety, so we’d say stick to hotel transfers. If you do fancy tackling the drive yourself, you’ll want a four-wheel drive.