BEST TIME TO VISIT TSAVO WEST FOR A SOUTH-EASTERN KENYA SAFARI
Most of our guests prioritize viewing a diversity of wildlife that is easily located and observed. For this reason, we recommend the long dry season of Tsavo to these visitants. The lack of rainfall from July to October means that few water and food sources are available to the animals. As a result, the many herbivore species move to locations with permanent water, such as rivers and springs.
The moisture in these locations also means that the foragers and grazers have better access to food than they would in drier areas. Because these herbivores are prey animals, predators travel closer to permanent water sources, where they also benefit from the proximity and accessibility to varied prey, and later returning back to their territories, especially the larger cats.
If these conditions appeal to you, we want to advise you that AfricanMecca lodgers share your perspective. As a result, visitor levels are highest during this time of year, especially because the long dry season also coincides with summer vacations in Kenya for American and European families and the Mara wildebeest migration in south-western Kenya. Daytime highs during this period range from 80 F (27 C) to 86 F (30 C) degrees.
Nighttime temperature hangs around 60-64 F (16-18 C) degrees. The short rainy season in November and December brings short late afternoon and evening rains; though, there is more precipitation during this period in comparison to other regions of Kenya, and this is primarily due to the proximity to the Indian Ocean coast.
Wildlife in Tsavo during the rains have more options for food and water, so, to some degree, they may be scattered in the park. The moisture at times evaporates because the park is located in equatorial Kenya, so your safari activities should not be adversely affected if it is only showering rather than an intense downpour.
Visitor levels are lower during this time when compared to the long dry season, with the exception of Christmas and New Year’s, both of which are popular African travel times amongst local Kenyans and also Americans and Europeans from abroad. The short, hot-dry season in January and February is followed by a long rainy season from March to May and parts of June. Rainfall can last for several days but not throughout the day, and this is when the park receives an abundance of moisture.
The landscape springs to life with dense, lush vegetation, and seasonal watering holes are replenished. Wildlife disperses across the park, so you are less likely to see congregated mixed-species groups when paralleled with the drier periods. Roads and trails can be muddy and slippery, so some vantage points in the park may not be as easily accessible during the rainy season.
The long rainy season, though, offers a magical safari experience that connoisseur AfricanMecca guests treasure for a lifetime. Some mammalian species give birth during the long rainy season. The bond between mother and baby is one of the most heart-touching natural events to see during your bush tour in Kenya. Your guide knows how to look out for full-term mothers, so you may witness first-hand the first few moments of a newborn’s life.
Visitor levels are low during this time, with the exception of Easter. Many Tsavo accommodations reduce their room rates (read more on where to stay), although other prices associated with your travel remain constant, such as flights, park transportation, park entry fees, guides and safari activities, to name only some of the costs that do not change with the season.
As a final note for our guests, your birding trip to Tsavo West National Park is greatly enhanced from October to April when migratory species join the resident species. During these months, you not only record local species, but also species that relocate to the park during the European winter months.
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WHERE TO STAY IN TSAVO WEST
We recommend Finch Hattons, a boutique camp inspired by the colonial style of traditional safaris. For a deluxe experience, Severin Safari Camp, Kilaguni and Lions Bluff Lodge are superb options.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN TSAVO WEST
The ecosystems of Tsavo West offer varied safari experiences and tour activities for our guests. You discover the many treasures during game drives, nature hiking, birding trips and bush walks.
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GUIDE ON TSAVO WEST PARK
A one-of-a-kind Kenya expedition holiday awaits you at Tsavo West National Park! In no time at all, you are sitting front-and-center amidst some of Africa's most graceful, powerful creatures.
What are our Customers saying about us? READ MORE REVIEWS
Our first safari began by road to Tsavo West. Our booking through AfricanMecca for our trip delivered everything we hoped for and more. We were extremely sad to leave Kenya, its animals, its vast open spaces, its stunning scenery..
John Lowry - Manchester, United Kingdom
The safari to Tsavo was incredible, every detail was well taken care of for a very relaxing and eventful trip. It was indeed a memorable time. We saw quite a lot of nearly every animal. You keep setting the bar for excellence.
Jesse Staples - Georgia, United States
Jambo Altaf, Many thanks for a brilliant holiday. Your choice of tented accommodation at the two Tsavos and Amboseli was superb, we didn't have a favourite. We would recommend AfricanMecca to anyone.
Geoffrey Topliss - Northampton, United Kingdom
Hello Raza, We really enjoy our vacation. The Tsavo and Kilimanjaro safari was unbelievable. We did not expect that much!!! Our guide was very kind, and friendly. Thank again for all. I will recommend your team.
Anne Tourigny - Montreal, Canada
Our safari trip was a highlight of our time in Kenya. The Tsavo camps were spectacular with unbelievably friendly service and welcome. We miss Kenya, the people and their beautiful country already. Asante Sana..
Katherine Spencer - London, United Kingdom
Jambo Altaf! We were very happy with your organization! The Tsavo safari was perfect, the lodges were nice and the camping is very exclusive! Your company has been excellent, also exceeded all our expectations!
Gabriella, Fabrizio, Paola and Stefano - Milan, Italy
I recently returned back from my honeymoon in Kenya which included a safari and Indian Ocean beach vacation. We loved all of the camps - each for different reasons. Thank you to AfricanMecca for helping us plan the trip..
Holly & Michael Lapidus - New Jersey, United States
EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR TSAVO WEST IN SOUTH-EASTERN KENYA
When visiting Tsavo West National Park, we recommend combining your safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Amboseli, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru, Elementaita, and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes. You can also climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa: Mount Kenya.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Chyulu Hills or Tsavo East for an offbeat wildlife tour.
You can end your vacation at the Indian Ocean for a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar, Lamu, or Mombasa.
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