Shetani Lava in Tsavo West National Park

Shetani Lava in Tsavo West National Park

Tsavo National park, Shetani lava attraction is the key to why most travellers come and experience while doing the best during the Tsavo national park safari. Tsavo national park which is a combination of two national parks that are found in the coastal province. The Tsavo national park is the largest national park in Kenya covering a total land area of around 22,812 square kilometres. The park is made up of two national parks which are namely Tsavo East national and Tsavo West national park to thrill while on Kenya Safaris.

Tsavo West national park which is known as the ‘land of lava, springs, man-eaters and magical sunset’ Tsavo west is the second largest national park in Kenya covering a total land area of 9,065 square kilometres. Tsavo West national park is a rocky park that is characterized by the rugged wilderness, scrublands, acacia woodlands and many more vegetation covers.

Tsavo East national park is the largest national park in Kenya covering the total land area of 13747 kilometres square. The park is considered as the land of great wilderness experience. Its covered with rocky bushes that are mostly dominated by the open savannah grassland, acacia forests, riverine vegetation and among others.

Shetani Lava ln Tsavo West National Park.

Shetani Lava is about 4km west of the Chyulu gate of Tsavo West National park, on the road to Amboseli are the spectacular Shetani lava flows, ’Shetani means ‘devil’ in Kiswahili, the flows were formed only a few hundred years ago and local peoples believed that it was the devil himself emerging from the earth. This vast expanse of folded black lava spreads for 50 sq. km across the savannah near the Chylus Hills, looking strangely as if Vesuvius dropped its comfort blanket here.

Shetani lava flows are said to have been formed about 500 years ago, when the locals first saw ‘fire’ erupting and ‘flowing’ on the ground and they believed that it was the devil himself emerging from the earth hence the name Shetani’ lava flow came into existence.

Shetani Lava ln Tsavo West National Park

Shetani Lava ln Tsavo West National Park

The last major eruption here is believed to have taken place around 200 years ago, but there are still few plants among the cinders, It’s possible to follow the lava flows back from the Amboseli-Tsavo west road to the ruined cinder cone of Shetani. The views are spectacular, but you need to beware of wildlife in this area, as there are predators about.

Nearby are the Shetani caves, which are also a result of volcanic activity, you will need a torch   (flashlight)  if you want to explore, but watch your footing on the razor-sharp rocks and keep an eye out for the local fauna-we have heard rumours that the caves are sometimes inhabited by the hyenas, who do not take kindly to being disturbed. Some of the Tsavo West lodges charge USD 50 per person for guided excursions out here the park.

The Shetani lava with the area around it grows nothing, that is it does not adopt any animal, bird the place does not contain any sound and the only sound that you may here is only the wind and while it is blowing.

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Activities done around Shetani lava.

Walking safaris.

Walking is among the prominent activity in Shetani lava, this walking safari is guided and lead by the trained game ranger around the Shetani lava. The guided walking safari gives unique experience of leisure that is active as you explore the shetani caves and the volcanic cones on foot while touring the Shetani lava. The rangers have specific trails where nature walks are done around the area.


Hiking is also done in Shetani lava as the starting point is always the Chyulu hills park Headquarters and the ending point is Chyulus Hills Headquarters or satellite as well this is among the most attractive activity done in Shetani lava because the hikers are always interested to hike around the lava even at the same time, there is a great view of about 360 degrees to the entire Tsavo national park.

Shetani caves and volcanic cones.

The Shetani caves and volcanic cones majorly attract the tourists in Tsavo national park, the shetani caves were resulted due to volcanicity effect as they are dark there during your visit there you need a flashlight to show you the way while exploring Kenya on Kenya Wildlife Tours. Here you also watch your steps as the rocks are like the razor sharp rocks and therefore you keep an eye out for the local fauna as it said that the caves are sometimes inhabited by hyenas, which do not take kindly to be disturbed. Also the volcanic caves of Chyulu Hills are aslo attracted once some one visits the Shetani lava.

This geogically scenic formation with uneven black magma chucks and a dark cave with aa razor sharp rock. Tare found in the western part of Tsavo national park.

Best time to visit the Shetani lava in Tsavo West National Park.

Shetani lava, you can visit the lava flow at any time of the month and the year you feel like getting and having the great memories at the Shetani lava can give you the best, all the time is the best time to visit the Shetani lava.

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