Best Time To Visit Tsavo West National Park In Kenya
The best time to visit Tsavo West National Park in Kenya totally depends on the activities you would like to be part of at the park. Tsavo West National Park is the largest national park in Kenya at 22 000km², making it one of the largest in the world. Tsavo West Park lies on the western side of the Mombasa Nairobi Highway and is painted on a sprawling canvas of endless skies.
Tsavo West National Park is particularly well known for its large herds of elephants and captivating landscapes. The Park has a variety of wildlife, such as eastern black rhinoceros, hippopotamus, Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard and lion. There are also other smaller animals that can be spotted in the park, such as the bushbaby, hartebeest, lesser kudu and Masai giraffe.
Here is the description of the best time to visit Tsavo West National Park;
The weather and climate in Tsavo West National Park
Tsavo West NP has a climate characterized by hot and dry conditions. During the day, expect temperatures around 29°C/84°F, while 18°C/64°F is typical at night. Cool mornings mean warm clothing is a good idea for early game drives. Rainfall peaks in April and November.
Winter (Dry season) in Tsavo West National Park.
The coolest months are full of sunshine, but very little rain. Warm clothing is necessary for open vehicle game drives.
June & July Sunny afternoons see temperatures reach about 25°C/77°F. Early mornings and nighttime is cool at an average of 15°C/59°F.
August & September Temperatures slowly increase. Although temperatures rise far higher, the average daytime temperature in September is 26°C/79°F. Some of the activities include;
- Game drives
- Self drives
- Game viewing
- Nature walks and many more.
It is always advisable to visit the park around this season because its the best especially if you are interested in any of the mentioned activities above.
Summer (wet season) in Tsavo West National Park
The ‘short rains’ followed by the ‘long rains’ comprise the Wet season. In between these two wetter periods is a drier stretch which falls in the months of January and February.
October, November & December November is a peak time for rainfall. The rains generally begin in October, although the exact timing changes from year to year. Afternoon storms often sweep through. It averages 30°C/86°F in the daytime, although rain cools things down.
January & February February is the hottest month: average afternoon temperatures are 32°C/90°F. These months represent a dry spell between the short and long rains. It’s not possible to know exactly when they will begin/finish.
March, April & May The long rains generally begin in the second half of March. Brief afternoon showers are normal. April is the wettest month, and road conditions often worsen in April and May. Afternoon temperatures climb to around 29°C/84°F.
This season is however very ideal for bird watching especially between March and and May, you will be able to see majority of birds in the park.
My conclusion about when to visit Tsavo West National Park
since the Park is open throughout the year, you are free to come to come any time you want but remember to put the weather into consideration. you can as well book your of Tsavo West National Park with Kubwa Five Safaris. You will not regret having traveled with us.