Tsavo East National Park
Tsavo East & West National Parks occupy 21,000 square kilometers, the Tsavo East Park is a total of 11,747 sq km. It is one of Kenya’s oldest and largest National Parks: covering approx. 40 per cent of the total area of all Kenya’s National Parks.
Its beautiful landscape and proximity to the coast make it a popular safari destination. It is accredited as one of the world’s leading biodiversity strongholds, with endless bushy grassland and open plains alternate with semi-arid acacia scrub and woodlands, the Galana river banks give rise to lush vegetation.
There is a wide variety of animals to be seen in Tsavo East National Park: lion, leopard, cheetah, zebras, giraffes, serval cats, antelopes, kongoni, lesser kudu, oryx, klipspringer, impala, stripped hyena, gazelles, buffalos and elephants. Some 500 bird species have been recorded in the area, including ostrich and some migratory kestrels, while buzzards stop at Tsavo-East during their long flight South.
Famous and home to some of the largest herds of elephant in Kenya, the elephants glow red after dust baths, blowing the vivid red dust through their trunks over their bodies, large prides of lion are sighted regularly and another great sight is the spectacular herds of up to 1000 buffalo.
The rolling scrub-covered hills of the park have a very remote feel, with only one lodge and four camps within Tsavo East, you are offered a very novel, exclusive and unique experience. Across the river is the incredible 300 kilometer long (186 mile) Yatta Plateau, one of the world’s largest lave flows. Midway the Galana river cascades down Lugard Falls, named after Lord Lugard, who volunteered for the British Diplomatic Services in East Africa, the falls are renowned for the remarkable shaped water-worn rocks. The river then sedately makes it’s way to the Indian Ocean. Tsavo-East is recommended for photographers with its fabulous light and unbelievable views, in particular the Mudanda Rock, Lugard Falls and Yatta Plateau.