Lake Jipe

Lake Jipe - Tsavo West National Park

Lake Jipe is located at the southwestern tip of the Tsavo National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro dominates the horizon some distance to the northwest.

Lake Jipe as a safari attraction is framed by tall reeds, with plenty of hippo, elephant and birdlife painting its shallow waters. The lake is one of Kenya's most important wetlands, providing refuge for numerous water and marsh birds. As a large fresh water source, Lake Jipe is a meeting point for many animals and birds in the area. It gives you a true appreciation of wildlife and a real taste of Africa. On clear days Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, is visible in the background.

Lake Jipe receives its main inflow from Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania via River Lumi passing through Kenya. The other main inflow is via River Muvulani from the Pare Mountains. Several temporary streams, mainly from the Pare Mountains, also drain into Lake Jipe.

Things to do around Lake Jipe - Tsavo West National Park

  • Game drives along the lake shores outside the park.
    Jipe is a fantastic bird watching area, especially in November/December and January when many migratory birds visit the lake
  • A trip on the KWS fibre glass boat or on a local fishing canoe from the nearby village.
  • Visits to the farming area in the swamps around the Lume river.
  • Visits to Salaita (corruptoin of slaughter) Hill - an infamous WW1 site - there are many such sites as this for the interested.
  • A day trip to Lake Chala which is approx. 35kms away
  • Visiting Grogan's Castle along the way and even including a browse though Taveta market - a most interesting and hassle free experience.


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