Mzima Springs
Mzima Springs
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Mageso Chember, Tsavo National Park West 00200 Kenya
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Munich, Germany17,808 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
A wonderful round trail with armed guard/guide. Clear water with fish, crocodile and hippo… special place in the dry national park…
Written 18 March 2024
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dianelorraineb
Athens, GA46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Mzima Springs in Tsavo West National Park is a must-see place along the route through Tsavo West. We make a stop at the Springs each time we travel through Tsavo West, yearly, as the views change with the seasons and the light of the day. There is always something new to spot, too, as many birds can be seen in the trees and bushes around the main pool as well as along the streams where papyrus and grasses line the banks. Entry is free since the Springs are in the National Park for which you will have paid the entrance fee. The Springs are an easy drive of roughly 40 to 90 minutes from Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge near the Chyulu Gate travelling south, alternatively coming south from Mtito Andei at the Tsavo West Main Gate. Coming from the east side, the Springs are also easily reached from the Tsavo Gate or Manyani Gate on the Mombasa Highway A109. There is lots to see along the way as the area is home to herds of elephants, kudu, porcupines, and many species of birds, and interesting rock formations. At Mzima, it is required that a KWS Guide accompany you along the trails, to see the main pool, the streams associated with the four springs, the main stream with hippo pool, crocodile nesting places, and many old and huge specimens of trees such as Newtonia and Yellow Bark Acacia. The guides are very knowledgeable, and the information they share makes for a rewarding learning experience. The Springs are fed by rainwater percolated through the Chyulu Hills volcanics, so the water is pure, ancient, and beautiful to behold. A special feature of the main pool is the "underwater viewing chamber" accessed by an old walkway and wooden steps. In this chamber, you are underwater, with a view of the creatures living in the pool including several species of fish, and crocodiles. The trails are outlined with rocks and their surface is of crushed volcanic ash gravel. Wear closed shoes--if you wear open sandals or flip-flops, after a few steps, the gravel will hurt your feet. There is a restroom at the parking area of the site. There is no restaurant or bar here, take a picnic snack or lunch to enjoy a longer time at the Springs. There are signs at the entrance drawing attention to the need to stay on the trails, with your guide, and to be aware that wildlife are all around. Overall, Mzima Springs is a rewarding visit that can be a memorable morning or morning/afternoon excursion, perhaps coupled with a visit to the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary not far away to the east along route C103, which is open to visitors at 4pm daily. Build these two special places into your travel through- or your stay in Tsavo West National Park.
Written 28 December 2023
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Petr Š
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Excellent, light walk with couple of stops. Hippos & crocodiles in one river pond glass house with fish under river surface in another. Armed ranger was very communicative and client oriented.. fully reccomend for children as well.
Written 13 March 2023
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CossyWombat
Diani Beach, Kenya396 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
The observation tank needs repairs and maintenance, which is a shame since the crystal clear waters have barbels and hippos to see underwater. The surrounding trees and shrubs are lovely and it is definitely worth a visit.
Written 13 March 2023
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Voyager2
Chippenham, UK400 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Its a long way from anything else but this natural spring is big and well worth a visit. Water absolutely clear with blue fish, yes blue, alligator and hippo and a neat idea where you can get below the water level and get a very different view. Loos and lots of parking
Written 22 February 2023
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Enelram21
Ontario, Canada318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
After visiting Kilimanjaro, to
Go to mizma
Springs was an extension of the mount. It was beautiful. The water cool and clean. The animals, crocodiles, monkeys, hippos and a fish viewing area to see underwater was amazing. The flora and fauna incredible. Our guide was pleasant and knowledgeable!
Written 7 December 2022
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Tasneem J
Karen, Kenya26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Surreal place,😍 First time for us to see the beautiful Mzima springs and the natural aquarium. Loved it
Written 14 October 2022
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NirajBVashi
Mumbai, India120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We found many birds here. Expect to Find Crocs on the trail (We found one). It has water all through the year and welcome change from otherwise dry terrain.
Written 12 October 2022
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steeler
Shrewsbury, UK136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
So this another pleasant surprise with a YMCA security guard, only joking Titus was ace. This spring supplies Mombassa with fresh water, when we arrived we were given a talk by Titus and it started raining first time in seven months!
So a walk around a large lake, clear water and crocodiles and hippos mooching together. It was a lovely tranquil place and loads to see with elephants present. There is an underwater tunnel which has seen better days but you can see the fish. We did see a croc mooching at the bottom of a stream waiting for fishy supper. Titus the guard come guide was really nice. A must place to visit. Our guide did tell us that the Japanese govt has given money to replace the pipe work but it appears the Kenyan govt once again has probably filtered the cash away and rather than replacing the leaky pipe are patching it up. Got to love kenya
Written 8 October 2022
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Neil S
Ludlow, UK156 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
Pleasant walk with guide, but clubbed together with a family.... Trees well described with labels but some interesting spelling. Fish from underwater viewing quite a unique touch.

Guide was good. Worth a visit. Chance of seeing crocodiles and hippos. Though did not see hippos on our visit .

Warm spring and setting very nice.
Written 11 August 2022
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