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Mzima Springs meaning “alive”, is a beautiful oasis of four natural springs in Tsavo West National Park and only 48 kilometers from Mtito Andei town in Makueni county. The springs are a peaceful oasis at the heart of red-dusty Tsavo and this magical place is not to be missed.
The pure water of the three Mzima pools filtered by the porous sponge-like soil of the Chyulu and the Shetani lava flow brings life to a unique ecosystem at only 40 kilometers away from the Chyulu Hills.
Mzima Springs consists of two pools, which are connected by a watercourse. The upper pool is particularly popular with hippos, while the crocodiles have retreated to the lower pool. Another little highlight: an underwater viewing chamber has been built in one of the pools. From there you have the chance to observe the animals up close underwater.
The springs are one of the Tsavo’s most popular wildlife attractions owing to its resident populations of hippo and Nile crocodiles and some other animal species. . Mzima’s isolation makes both species dependent on its waters, other sources are too distant for them to reach by overland travel and the hippos also sustain an entire food chain.
They browse the surrounding savannah by the night and return to Mzima’s pools by day, where their dung fertilizes the water. The spring with its crystal clear water became famous in 1983 through the film by Alan Roots “Mzima: Portrait of a Spring”. In the film, crocodiles and hippos were observed in their underwater life.
The area is a paradise for fish, hippos, and crocodiles. Around the spring you can find many different species of birds and monkeys. A little paradise in the middle of Tsavo West National Park!
The lava of the Chyulu mountain range to the north filters the crystal clear water and thus enables uniquely good water quality. In 1966, a pipeline was built from the spring to the port city of Mombasa, and since then the small but fine spring has been one of the largest suppliers of drinking water for the megacity of Mombasa. Simply incredible!
Tsavo west national park safaris explore Chyulu Hills and Mzima Springs.