Tsavo National Park is one of the oldest and largest park in Kenya occupying approximately 4% of Kenya’s land located in Taita Taveta County. The park was further divided into two due to the road and rail built in between the park connecting Mombasa to the rest of Kenya.
We have Tsavo East National Park which is the larger park and is generally a flat, dry plain with the Galana River flowing through it as the main source of water. It consists of the Yatta Plateau and the Lugard Falls.
Tsavo West National Park on the other hand is rocky and wetter than Tsavo East with a number of swamps including Mzima Springs and Lake Jipe.
The Tsavo is quite popular for the large number of diverse wildlife including The Big 5 consisting of The lion, red-dusted elephant, cape buffalo, black rhino and leopards. There are also a number of bird species including black kite, crowned crane, lovebird and the sacred ibis.
Tsavo West also has a rhino sanctuary and also has the option of rock climbing along Tsavo river with the help of a guide.
Some of the best lodges to experience the Tsavo are listed below based on visitor’s reviews.
Voi Wildlife Lodge
Voi Wildlife Lodge is situated at the boundary of Tsavo East National Park just 4.4 km from Voi Railway Station. The lodge is not inside the park hence you do not have to pay park fees in your stay unless you go for a game drive inside the park.
The lodge has a restaurant, spa and wellness center as well as conference facilities. There is also a shared lounge, garden, a children playground and games room.
This lodge is one of the top rated locations in Voi, there is a watering hole at the edge of the park that is well viewed from the lounge and you can sit and watch various animals come to drink water at different times of the day.
Ashnil Aruba Lodge
Ashnil Aruba is located at the edge of Tsavo East National Park overlooking the Aruba Dam. Accommodation at the lodge consists of semi-permanent structures that look like a modernized tent giving an African-inspired feel.
The facilities include a restaurant, bar and outdoor pool with a sunken lounge offering a great view of the dam where animals come to drink and splash water on themselves creating a great wildlife view.
Though some visitors have felt the place does not really meet the standards of other Ashnil Lodges in Kenya like Ashnil Mara, the place is known to give the best value compared to the other Aruba lodges.
This is a tented camp at the heart of Tsavo. It is very convenient for those coming from a holiday beach in Mombasa and would love an adventure in the wild as there are wild animals coming near the camp to graze.
Maneaters is located at the bank of River Tsavo and wild animals can be seen coming to quench their thirst in herbs. The rooms are convenient and some have a seating area and balcony overlooking the river. The camp also offers packed lunch for those going for full day game drive in the Tsavo or driving all the way to Nairobi.
Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge
You get to watch wildlife either from your room or on the restaurant as they go about grazing and hanging around the nearby waterhole. The option of renting a vehicle for a game drive is also available.
This lodge is rated top location at the Tsavo and guests have rated it as the best value they have received as compared to other lodges in the area. It is also one of the most photographed lodges in the world.
Severine Safari Camp
Severine Safari camp is located in Tsavo West National Park, it is a tented camp that is not fenced blending well with its surroundings. The camp has an outdoor pool, a wellness center and spa.
The restaurant has a shared sunken lodge offering great views of the wild, they also provide luggage storage and a safe deposit box. Guests have rated the place as very clean and spacious and the staff very friendly offering a warm and comfortable stay.
Voyager Ziwani Tented Camp
Voyager Ziwani is situated at the bank of River Sante which has a great amount of hippos and crocodiles and offers a great view of Mt Kilimanjaro.
They offer guided game walks and night drives as well as a tour to the tombs of the Grogan Castles and a ranch tour to the Gicheha Farm. In the evening, the guests are entertained by Maasai dancers under a bonfire. Bush dinners and breakfast can be arranged upon request.
The guests rate the camp as a good place to view Mt Kilimanjaro though well visible during the dry season.
Kilanguni Serena Safari Lodge
Found in Tsavo West National Park, Kilanguni Serena offers stunning view of Chyulu Hills and a watering hole visited daily by herds of elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals.
The lodge utilizes the volcanic stones to form a dinning area and has a view terrace at the bar to watch wildlife at the watering hole. They offer packed lunch for those planning on full day game drives in both Tsavo parks.
Other activities you can undertake include; view of Mt Kilimanjaro at the Poacher’s lookout, roaring rock viewpoint and a visit to Mzima Springs.
Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge
The lodge is set next to Taita Hills, some rooms have a balcony though there are no wildlife view points on this lodge. There is a large swimming pool at the center of the lodge offering good relaxation after a long game drive.
Most people visiting Sarova Taita Hills choose it as a good spot for early morning game drives at the Tsavo West National Park. The lodge is also near lion rock site.