Tsavo East National Park
Tsavo East National Park is located about 260km south
east of Nairobi, on the main Nairobi to Mombasa road and
140 Kilometers from Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa.
Tsavo East is part of the Greater Tsavo National Park
that includes Tsavo East and West National Parks and the
Chyulu Hills and consists mostly of miles and miles of
dry flat thorn-bush, semi-arid acacia scrub and narrow
woodland dominated by acacia. The wonderful Baobab trees
are also a common sight in the Park. Whilst Tsavo East
is huge (over 4500sq miles), most of the park north of
the Galana river is closed to the general public with
only a few private safari operations permitted to enter.
- Yatta Plateau - one the world's largest and
longest lava flow (300 km long).
- Lugard's Falls and the Galana River - Easy
access to the rapids and possibility to spot
majestic landscapes along the river.
- Mudanda Rock is an outcrop rock of 1.6 km long
with a large dam at its base. There is possibility
to walk at the top of the rock, enjoy the cool
breeze and watch wildlife drinking in the dam.
- Aruba Dam - built in 1952 across the Voi river,
this dam attracts many bird species and migratory
- Wildlife: Tsavo East National Park is home to
all of the Big 5 including large amounts of "red"
elephants, black rhinoceros, buffalo and Lions.
- Camel safaris and river fishing
- Kandara swamp: With all the lush vegetation
along the Voi river and in the swamp, there is
plenty of game to see in this area and is a good
area to visit within Tsavo East. Look out for the
fantastic Voi safari lodge that sits up on a hill
and makes a great place to stay if you are visiting
Tsavo East National Park.
- The Sheldrick's Orphaned Elephants: Between 1955
and 1976 Daphne & David Sheldrick were co-wardens of
Tsavo (David was the founder Warden of Tsavo East
National Park) and it was during this time that they
rehabilitated back into the wild not only elephants,
but also a whole host of other animals that had for
one reason or another needed help. This foundation
exist in Nairobi and Tsavo East National Park
- Galana River: The Tsavo and Athi rivers join
together to form the Galana river, a permanent river
which flows eastwards to the Indian Ocean and
Malindi. Follow the road within the park that goes
from the Voi gate to Sala gate and follows the
Galana river as it must be one of the best drives
within the park. Along the way you will also come
across the Lugard's falls and the Crocodile point.
You can see all of the Big 5 as well as a huge range
of other species in Tsavo East National Park including
Aardwolf, Caracal, African Wild Cat, Cheetah, African
Wild Dog Bat eared fox, Spotted and Stripped Hyena,
Black-backed, side-striped and common Jackal, Cape
Buffalo, African Elephant, Giraffe Bushbuck, Guenther’s
Dik-dik, Kirk's Dik-dik, Blue Duiker, Common Duiker,
Eland, Grant's Gazelle, Coke's Hartebeest, Hunter's
Hartebeest, Impala Klipspringer, Lesser Kudu
Fringe-eared Oryx, Steinbok, Suni, Waterbuck, Hyrax
(Eastern Tree), Hyrax (Rock), Hyrax (Southern Tree),
Civet (African and Palm), Genet (Large-spotted), Genet
(Small-spotted), Mongoose: Many species including the
Nanded, Bushy-tailed, Dwarf, Grey, Marsh, Slender,
White-tailed Otter (Clawless), Honey Badger (Ratel),
Baboon (Savannah), Bushbaby (Lesser), Galago
(Large-eared greater), Galago (Small-eared greater),
Monkey (Blue/Sykes/Diademed), Monkey (Green Vervet).
- From Nairobi: Take the main Nairobi to Mombasa
road (A109) via Voi through the Voi gate or Manyani
gate. Distance about 200km
- From Mombasa: Take the main Nairobi to Mombasa
road (A109) and enter Tsavo East National Park through the Bachuma gate.
Distance is about 150km
- From Malindi: Go to the Sala gate on the (C103)
from Malindi, this road was recently graded and is
the shortest way from North Coast.
There are six airstrips in the southern part of the
park and thirteen in the Northern part. There are no
scheduled flights to the Park but chartered light planes
can be used.