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.
PlanesFly 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.
TrainsThe Madaraka Express train runs between Nairobi and Mombasa to Mtito Andei, on the western edge of the park.
AutomobilesIt’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.