Do you like traveling? Are you thinking of places to visit? Taita Taveta county is one of the counties in Kenya that have amazing places that you might want to consider visiting. It is always important to travel where you get to experience new things and relax your mind away from work. Taita taveta as a county has ventured into tourism due to the existence of a number of tourist attraction sites that are found there. Some of these tourist attractions include, Lake Jipe. Lugard Falls, Lake Chala, Tsavo East national park, Tsavo West national park, Taita hills wildlife Sanctuary, Shetani lava flow and Mzima spring among others. Here are the best places to visit in Taita Taveta maybe for a weekend, Holiday, vacation or even honeymoon.
Lake Jipe is a small shallow, lying astride to Kenya- Tanzania border. It covers an area of approximately 30 square kilometers. The lake is mainly fed by Lumi River and streams from the Pare Mountains in Tanzania. The Lake is known for its unique water birds and other species of birds, endemic fish, lake edge swamps and wetland plants.
The falls are a must see when visiting Tsavo East national park. The falls features eye catching multicolored rocks with pink, light grey and white strips. It is a habitat of giant crocodiles and hippos. The fall was named after Fredrick Lugard, a British explorer who passed through the Lugard Falls on his way to Uganda.
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Lake Chala in Taita Taveta
It is a crater lake that is located north of Taveta. Lake Chala is located between the border of Kenya and Tanzania. One of the lake’s shores is found in Kenya while others are in Tanzania. The Lake features a beautiful landscape with diverse species of birds. Monitor lizards, baboons and Vervet monkeys can also be spotted within the lake’s vicinity.
Tsavo West National Park
It is a beautiful park with a savannah ecosystem. The ecosystem comprises of open grasslands, scrublands, acacia woodlands, belts of riverine vegetation and rocky ridges. Some of the attractions at the park include different birds and plant species, elephants, hippos, rhino, leopards, buffalos, cheetahs and lions. It is an ideal park for cave exploration, game viewing, nature trails and camping.
Taita Taveta Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
It is a privately owned sanctuary that was established by the Hilton Hotel Chain. Taita Hills wildlife sanctuary features different species of Birds, Elephants, Lions, Cheetahs, Giraffes, Gazelles, Zebras, Impalas, Waterbucks, Dik-dik and various small animals. The sanctuary provides a relaxing environment for game viewing activities, bird watching, camping and nature walks. Two luxury lodges, the Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge and Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge are located in the sanctuary. The lodges offer accommodation for visitors who would want to spend a holiday or weekend over there.
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Shetani Lava Flow
Shetani lava flow is found on the road to Amboseli. The lava flow is believed to be one of the largest volcanic crater fields in Kenya. The charcoal black lava flow was formed about a hundred years ago. It spreads across the savannah near Chyulu hills. It is endowed with flora, fauna and beautiful caves worth exploring. The name came into existence after the local people believed that it was the devil himself emerging from the earth. People are amused by the lava flow name which creates an interest for them to visit the place. The Shetani caves and volcanic cones majorly attract the tourists. They were formed after the volcanicity effect hence dark formation.
Mzima Springs in Taita Taveta
Mzima springs are a series of four natural springs located in Tsavo West National Park. Major attractions at the springs include the hippos and Nile crocodiles. The springs can supply up to 20 million litres of fresh water a day which is amazing since not most springs produce that amount of water. The surrounding savannah and the water present in the springs supports all the animal species found around it. It is also a great place for bird watchers to view the different species of birds present.
Tsavo East National Park is located near Voi town in Taita Taveta county. Tsavo East National Park is home to the Big Five animals. These magnificent animals include Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Buffalos, and Rhinos. Other than the big five animals, there are other animals such as Hippos, Crocodiles, Waterbucks and over 200 bird species. It is a perfect park for camping activities, bird watching, game viewing and nature walks.
From the above places to visit in Taita Taveta, it has proven the existence of a number of beautiful places that one may wish to visit and have a good time. Wildlife sanctuary, Springs, Lava flow, lakes, and national parks calls for a planned adventure experience that you should consider soon.
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