Tsavo East National Park
The Joint mass of Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks forms one of the largest National parks in the world and covers a massive 4% of Kenya’s total land area. Tsavo East the larger of the two, lies to the east of the Nairobi –Mombasa road, equidistant between Nairobi and Mombasa, and offers a vast and untapped arena of arid bush which is washed by azure and emerald meandering of Galana River. Guarded by the limitless lava reaches of Yatta plateau and patrolled by some of the largest elephant herds in Kenya
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 (C103) and enter in the park via Sala gate.
Airstrips: Voi, Aruba, Satao, Sala, Ithumba, Sangayaya, Mopeo, Bachuma, Cottars,
- Mtito Andei
Size / Location:
13,747 sq. km
South East Kenya, inland from the Coast
Warm and dry
Safaricard Required ?
Entry is by SafariCard only. Safari cards may be loaded at Voi Gate
- Elephant in Eden - The sight of dust-red elephant wallowing, rolling and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River is one of the most evocative images of Africa
- Aruba Dam - The beautiful Aruba dam located on the north bank of the seasonal Voi River, is visited by thousands of animals and a great game viewing destination
- Mudanda Rock - This whale –backed Rock towers above a natural dam, which acts as a draw to thousands of Elephants
- The longest lava flow in the world- at 300 kilometers in length, the heat shimmering edge of yatta plateau is the longest lava flow in the world and an ornithological paradise that attract migrating birds from all over the world
- Lugards Falls - Named after Captain Lugard, the first proconsul to East Africa, the falls feature bizarrely eroded rocks through which the waters of the Galana River plunge into foaming rapids and crocodile –infested pools
The Park is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust –red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk and Hirola
The prolific bird life features 500 recorded species.
Luggage and bags: For game drives, you will want something that can keep the dust out. A simple backpack with a zipper may be sufficient for most purposes.
Photo Equipment: Telephoto Equipment is extremely desirable here. Landscapes can be spectacular, but you've probably come here to see animals, and in many cases they are far off. Filters, and particularly a UV filter, would be good too. Otherwise some of the distant spectacular landscape vanishes when you take your photo. Very fine resolution film would be good if you need to enlarge the photo a lot when you get back.
Miscellaneous: Snack foods of various kinds that can survive the warm temperatures in the sun during a game drive would probably be useful.