Tsavo East National Park
Covering a total area of 11700 square kilometers, Tsavo East National park is the largest Park in Kenya. It is located in the Eastern and Coast province across the highway from Tsavo West and South East of Nairobi.
However this park is hot during some months and receives an annual rainfall of less than 51cm. It tempts travelers with its large diversity of picturesque landscapes including the gorges of Lugard falls with water-carved rocks.
Ranked among the largest game reserves in the World, this protected area with its undeveloped wilderness provides a home to a number of wild animals.
Some of the common animals that roam around the park suburbs for instance antelopes, hippos, black rhino, buffalo, lions, herds of elephants, giraffes, and multiple bird species.
Meanwhile of all Parks, you should not miss Tsavo East National Park for exclusive camping, remarkable adventures, and game circuits. Don’t miss the picture-perfect rock and cave paintings in the middle section of the park.
The scrub-covered hills in the southern part and the remote feel adds to the Park’s great game that attracts thousands of tourists. If you are after the best game viewing, it’s along the watercourses at the Kanderi swamp.
This swamp is not far from the main Voi gate. Lions are commonly spotted at the Aruba Dam. Other than that, there are more attractions in the Park such as Lugard falls, Mudanda rock, and Yatta plateau.
How to get there.
It is about 325km from Nairobi and 250km from Mombasa up to Tsavo East in the southeastern part of Kenya. You can get there by road or plane. It is possible to drive from either Mombasa, Nairobi, or connect from the nearby National Park like Lake Nakuru.
The distance from Lake Nakuru is 450km and it takes about seven and a half hours to drive from Lake Nakuru up to Tsavo East National Park. Moreover, several chartered flights are offered from available airstrips.
What to do in Tsavo East.
Other than by vehicle, you can explore the Park on foot and this is really a great experience. This guided walking safari is conducted between the picturesque landscapes and abundant wildlife.
It also includes a walk on the world’s longest lava flow at the Yatta Plateau. The hike continues to the volcanic cones with scenic views of the crystal clear waters of the Mzima springs.
This activity takes you to different wildlife-rich spots within the Park. While on this drive through the wilderness, you will see many wild animals as they go about their daily activities in the Park’s lush habitats. Game drives are usually offered in a car with pop up roof. You can do a day or night game drive. Some of the animals to see include Impalas, gazelles, elephants, giraffes, zebras, wild boar, buffaloes and plenty of bird species.
With over 500 species of birds, Tsavo East National Park is a paradise for bird watching. This activity is feasible throughout the year and birders see several unique bird species including the migrant birds.
The Park’s common bird species are African finfoot, Black-faced sand grouse, Fischer’s starling, Golden-breasted starling, lesser kestrel, Martial eagle, Northern brown bull, Pangani longclaw, Red-bellied Parrot, Rufous chatterer, Golden-breasted starling, Somali bee-eater Somali ostrich, golden pipit, vulturine guinea fowl, Shelley’s starling and Slender-tailed nightjar.