TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK KENYA
Tsavo East National Park is one of the largest and oldest parks in Kenya on an area of 13,747 km2 located near the town of Voi in the Taita-Tavata County (140km2 Northwest of Mombasa and 380Km2 Southwest of Nairobi) of the former Coast Province and situated in a semi-arid area previously known as the Taru Desert. The Park is divided into East and West sections by the Nairobi -Mombasa Road and a railway and was named for the Tsavo River, which flows west to East through the National Park.
The Tsavo National Park borders the Chyulu Hills National Park in the South Eastern Kenya and the Mkomazi Game Reserve in North-Eastern Tanzania. The Park is endowed with an impressive view such as the Yatta Plateau, the world’s Largest Lava flow that stretches along the western boundary of the Park for 290 km above the Athi River and the beautiful Lugard falls (named after Frederick Lugard, is a series of white water rapids on the Galana River.) on the river Galana that passes through this Park on its trek to the Indian Ocean has given richly to a waterfall.
While at Tsavo National Park, Tourists will have a clear view of the Red Elephants, Hirola Antelope (only seen here) and the Park managed to set up Sanctuary to protect the Rhinos from being decimated by poachers. It is a place to experience the real African Savannah grassland where the travelers can listen to the winds blowing some African tune and talk to their inner self.
This park is only 100km from Malindi thus this gives our traveler easy access to combining a beach safari at Malindi and catching up with the animals all in one location.
ACTIVITIES IN THE TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK
- Wildlife watching.
Tsavo East is the largest protected area in Kenya, a land of unparalleled biodiversity and naturally a home to most of the larger wildlife such as the vast herds of dust –red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk, and Hirola. Although River Galana (one of Kenya’s largest river) flows through the mid of the park, the park’s landscape is markedly flatter and drier with thinly spread foliage making wildlife watching easier.
- Birds Watching
The Park has a prolific birdlife/species that features 500 recorded species. The species include the ostriches, kestrels, buzzards, starlings, weaver birds, kingfishers, hornbills, secretary birds and herons which provides the traveler with Bird viewing /watching lifetime experience.
Tsavo East National Park is a scenic park that offers kilometers of open plains, bushy grassland, and semi-arid shrub. The park’s major features include the Galana river fringed by riverine forests, Mudanda rock, quartzite formation, and a towering provides the Park with good scenery for Camping activities.
DIRECTION TO TSAVO NATIONAL PARK
- Using Roads: The park Mtito Andei Gates is 233 km South of Nairobi and 250 km North of Mombasa on the main Nairobi- Mombasa Road. Distance Nairobi-Mtito Andei: 233 km – Mtito Andei-Voi: 96 km – Voi-Mombasa: 153 km. From Malindi, take the western road and enter into the park via Sala gate.
- Using Airstrips: Voi, Aruba, Satao, Sala, Ithumba, Sangayaya, Mopeo, Bachuma, Cottars.
- Address / Location:
- Tsavo, Kenya
- 13,747 km²
- Warm and Dry
- Main Attractions:
- Mudanda Rock, Yatta Plateau, Lugard Falls, Aruba Dam, Wildlife, and the Birds
- Drive Distance:
- 100 Km From Malindi
- Tour Activities:
- Wildlife watching, Bird Watching, Camping and Trekking