Gates of Tsavo West National Park
Gates of Tsavo West National Park are the various entry and exit points in and out of Tsavo West National Park, one of the best Kenya national parks that tourists can visit and enjoy amazing Kenya safaris. The gates are not only entry and exit points but also check points from where tourists get to have their park clearances done before they do access the park. These gates of Tsavo West National Park are distributed throughout the park, thereby making it possible to access Tsavo West National Park irrespective of one’s location. The gates of Tsavo West National Park have travellers accessing the African wilderness in the park, not with its vast and stunning savannah grasslands and plains inhabiting various wildlife species and birdlife, giving tourists an opportunity to enjoy the Kenya wildlife safaris in the park.
Tsavo West National Park is one of the best Kenya national parks, as mentioned earlier, that travellers get to visit all throughout the year. Nicknamed the “Man eater’s park” for the numerous and huge lions that devoured a number of railway constructors of the East African railway in the past, Tsavo West National Park is the second largest protected area in Kenya covering about 9065 square kilometres. Tsavo West National Park is adjacent the coastal area, rewarding travellers with great views.
Given that the gates of Tsavo West National Park are evenly distributed in the park, tourists can easily access the park irrespective of their location. Whereas the main gate of Tsavo West National Park is Mtito Andei Gate found just along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, travellers can still use other gates of Tsavo West National park to access the park. The gates of the Park include the following;
Mtito Andei gate
Mtito Andei gate is the main gate of Tsavo West National Park. Mtito Andei gate can be found in the western part of Tsavo West National Park, in the Makeuni County in the village of Mtito Andei. The Mtito Andei gate got its name from the village in which it is located, and is one of the easy to use and convenient gates of Tsavo West National Park given it can be used by both road, railway and air means. By road, Mtito Andei gate is only 233km south east Nairobi city. Mtito Andei road is one of the only two gates of Tsavo West National Park found inside the park. Mtito Andei gate hosts the park offices of the Kenya Wildlife Services which protect and conserve the park, and also has craft shops, small cafeterias where travellers can have refreshments as well as buy some souvenirs if interested.
Tsavo gate is one of the two key gates along with Mtito Andei gate, located in the north eastern part of Tsavo West National, only a few minutes’ drive from the Nairobi-Mombasa highway. Tsavo gate is a well-developed Tsavo National Park gate that travellers can find various tourist facilities as well as Kenya Wildlife Service offices. Tsavo gate of Tsavo West National Park is conveniently located at the Tsavo East National park, and on a highway making it possible to access the park even by public means especially for those budget travellers or very adventurous tourists.
Maktau North gate
Maktau North gate is one of the most popular gates , conveniently located along the highway and is only near Maktau, a busy town that one could even have public means to access the gate. Maktau North gate is located in the south eastern part of Tsavo West National Park, and can be easily accessed by road via the Voi-Taveta highway. Though often used by travellers visiting Tsavo West National Park, Maktau North gate is not fully developed to the standards of an entry point of a reputable national park like Tsavo West National Park, the home of the man-eater lions.
Maktau South Gate
Maktau south gate is just opposite Maktau north gate, but is one of the best developed gates . Maktau South gate has well developed facilities that travellers can use like toilets, refreshment areas, and hosts the Kenya Wildlife Services’ ranger outpost and the Kenya Wildlife Service headquarters for the Southern region of Tsavo West National Park.
Lake Jipe gate
Lake Jipe gate is the most rarely used of all gates , given it is remotely located at the shores of Lake Jipe. Though rarely used by travellers, Lake Jipe gate is well-developed and has tourist facilities that travellers can use as well as a ranger post. Conveniently located within Lake Jipe airstrip of Tsavo West National Park, it is travellers who do have fly-in safaris that mostly use this particular gate of Tsavo West National park. Lake Jipe gate is another of the gates of Tsavo West National park that is found inside the park.
The gates of the Park are both entry and exit points of the park that travellers can use to access the park to enjoy the various activities in Tsavo West National Park, as well as connect to their next tourist destinations in Kenya to enjoy their Kenya safari tour further.