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Tsavo East National Park

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Tsavo National Park
Red-earth elephants of Tsavo National park

Tsavo east national park in Kenya covers an area of about 40% of all Kenyas’ parks and is 333 Kms from Nairobi. It is a famous destination for Kenya safari tourists especially because of its closeness to the coastal regions. The park lies at an altitude of 500-4,000 Ft and as one of Kenya’s oldest (1948) and largest National Parks, it has been accredited as one of the worlds leading bio-diversity areas.

Tsavo is famous for the red-earth elephants. The galana river is a nice location to see the big herds of elephants bathing. One of the amazing facts about the park is its vastness, and as the biggest National park in Kenya.

It has great views with bushy grasslands and open plains alternating with savannah and semi-arid acacia scrub and woodlands. Green swathes cross the Park where the river banks give rise to lush vegetation. North of Galana is a true wilderness. A number of leading tour guides offer private safaris throughout this area. I has 16 airstrips and covers an area of 11,747 Sq.Kms.

Those interested in nature photography will find a haven in Tsavo East with its fabulous light and unbelievable views, in particular the Mudanda Rock and in Yatta Plateau, the world’s largest lava flow is a must for one seeking Kenya safaris to Tsavo.

Luggard’s Falls on the Galana River are remarkable for the shaped water-worn rocks. Game on display among the plains games are elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards, crocodiles, waterbuck, kudus, gerenuks, zebra and Aruba Hunter’s Heartebeest. Large herds of ‘Red elephants’ are found here where like to wallow in the muddy pools or blowing the red earth on themselves giving them a glowing reddish look.

It is also famous as a stop-over for migrating birds like the Kestrels and buzzards. About 500 bird species are recorded including the migratory species on their long flights south.

Accommodation is ample and for all budgets and advance bookings recommended.

To the north is South Kitui National Reserve an area of 1833 sq. Km, opened in September 1979. It is famous as home to various primates.

Tsavo National park Lodges

Salt Lick Safari lodge
Salt lick safari lodge

Taita hills safari lodge: the lodge is located just next to the highway, a few kilometers from Mwateta town. It is nested in the Taita hills game sanctuary, 400 km from Nairobi, and 200 Km from Mombasa.

Kilaguni Serena: Operated by the world famous Serena hotels, Kilaguni is located a few kilometers from the Mtito gate.

Salt lick safari lodge: Located in the private Taita hills game sanctuary is a truly amazing serene place in the heart of the sanctuary. Elephants come to drink in the compound of the hotel, giving you an amazing time at the salt lick safari lodge.

Ashnil Aruba Lodge: the lodge is located just next to Aruba dam. You can enjoy a short walk near the dam, which adds to your amazing experience here.

Sentrim Tsavo camp: 344 Kilometers from Nairobi, and 11 kilometers from Voi gate. The camp is truly a haven for those seeking a private and memorable moment at the vast Tsavo national park.

Man Eaters camp: This is one of the oldest safari camps in Tsavo, dating back to the days of railway construction. It is located one Kilometer from the railway station. The name originated from the two lions that were famed for hunting the railway construction workers.

Tsavo East National Park Animals

Tsavo is the largest protected game area in Kenya. It is a home to some of the larger mammal, huge herds of elephants, buffalos, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, lesser Kudu, gerenuk among other smaller species. Birders too have not been left out. Bird life is just as amazing with more than 500 species in record.

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