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Tsavo is a region of Kenya located at the crossing of the Uganda Railway over the Tsavo River, close to where it meets the Athi River. "Tsavo", means "slaughter" in the language of the Akamba people. Until the British put an end to the slave trade in the late 19th century, Tsavo was continually crossed by caravans of Arab slavers and their captives.

Two national parks, Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park are nearby.


Typical flora of the region includes:

Typical fauna of the region includes:

Native human inhabitants:

  • The Waata, a bow-hunting people.

In popular culture

The place achieved fame in The Man-eaters of Tsavo, a book about the "Tsavo maneaters", a pair of lions who attacked workers building the railroad bridge, an episode also depicted in the 1996 film The Ghost and the Darkness.

In the video game Halo 3 for the Xbox 360, the entire Earth-bound part of the game is set in this region. As such, one of the levels is entitled "Tsavo Highway" and encompasses the final stages

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