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Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East National Park Kenya Wildlife Game Drive Safaris, Trekking Safari, Bird watching, Lugard Falls in Tsavo East Park Kenya. Tsavo East National Park Kenya is a sprawling wildlife Reserve in Kenya that was established in April 1948. It is one of the oldest and Kenya`s largest National Parks, covering an area of 13,747km2. Tsavo East National Park-Kenya is located 333km south-east of Nairobi, and 173km north-west of Mombasa, near Voi Town in the Taita-Taveta County, the former Coast province of Kenya in a semi-arid desert formally called the Taru Desert-Kenya.

Tsavo East National Park Kenya is split by the A109 Road which is the Nairobi-Mombasa highway and railway line to form Tsavo West and Tsavo East sections. Tsavo National Park-Kenya was named after Tsavo River which flows west to east through the National Park. Tsavo East National Park-Kenya is bordering Chyulu Hills National Park-Kenya and Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania. Athi River, the longest river in Kenya converges with Tsavo River to form the Galana River within the Park that provides an arterial lifeline for a diversity of flora and fauna.

History of Tsavo East National Park Kenya

Research has shown that numbers of Late Stone Age archaeological sites are found close to the Galana River in Tsavo East National Park-Kenya. The 19th century British and German explores document people currently called the Orma who were the inhabitants of these sites hunted wild animals, fished and kept domesticated animals until 1948, when it was gazetted a National Park.

The Orma with their livestock were driven off and the aboriginal population of the Watha people was forcefully relocated to Voi and Mtito Andei as well as other locations within the nearby Taita Hills. Following Kenyan independence in 1963, hunting was banned in the park and management of Tsavo was turned over to the authority that eventually became the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Beginning in the late 19th/early 20th century, the British were determined to colonize the interior of Kenya and built a railway through Tsavo in 1898, a pair of maneless male lions terrorized the area and reputedly killed 135 railway workers who were Indians and local people building the Kenya-Uganda railway.

These man-eating lions dragged men from their tents, despite the thorn fences (bomas) built to keep them out. The maneless lions evaded traps and ambushes, but they were finally shot dead by Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson, who was the leader of the construction crew and railway was eventually completed through to Kisumu on Lake Victoria.

Description of Tsavo East National Park-Kenya

Tsavo National Park-Kenya, much bigger than Wales is one of the largest games sanctuaries in the world, where you can explore Vast remote areas of wilderness undisturbed by human influence. Tsavo National Park-Kenya is characterized by semi-arid grasslands and savanna jagged mountains, red soil, distributed water holes and thorn bush and is considered one of the world’s biodiversity strongholds.

Tsavo National Park-Kenya is famous for its vast amounts of diverse wildlife that can be seen, including the famous ‘big five’ consisting of lion, black rhino, cape buffalo, elephant and leopard. The park also has prolific birdlife with an outstanding checklist of 500 species such as the black kite, crowned crane, lovebird and the sacred ibis.

The western side of Tsavo National Park-Kenya (Tsavo West National Park) which is across Nairobi-Mombasa highway is more mountainous and wetter with swamps, Lake Jipe and the Mzima Springs and It is also home to a black rhino sanctuary than its counterpart, Tsavo East National Park a natural area of flat, dry plains, with thorny bushes and swampy marshland near the river.

Tsavo East National Park-Kenya is crowded with diverse Kenyan animals including large families of giraffes, gazelles, hartebeests and zebras, as well as the “Big Five” must-see animals – buffalo, African elephants, lions, rhinos and leopards. Tsavo East National Park-Kenya is relative close to the beaches and tourist attractions around Malindi and Mombasa which makes it an ideal one-day wildlife safari destination for those who do not want to stay overnight.

Although Tsavo East National Park-Kenya is a popular African safari wildlife park, it is very rare to see other traffic except under certain circumstances when viewing the wildlife. The guides communicate with each other by radio if they find something unusual, such as a pride of lions, and there may be a sudden convergence of vehicles to the site, but they soon disperse again.

Attractions in Tsavo East National Park Kenya

Wildlife Game Drive Safari in Tsavo East National Park Kenya

Tsavo East National Park in Kenya is one of the world’s largest game reserves, providing undeveloped wilderness homes to vast numbers of animals. The main purpose of a wildlife safari is to see Kenyan animals in their natural state. It never ceases to surprise tourists when they see birds perched near crocodiles, or gazelles grazing near big cats; however, the truth is that predators generally only kill to eat and, otherwise, the animals live together in harmony.

Trekking Safari in Tsavo East National Park-Kenya.

While in the spectacular sceneries with abundant wildlife, it feels like another world as you explore Tsavo National Park on foot. Your experienced guide will lead you through the various geological phenomena that make up this diverse park, introducing you to various fauna and flora and explaining how they thrive in this challenging environment.

Bird watching in Tsavo East National Park-Kenya

Tsavo East has an impressive checklist of over 500 bird species. The great East Tsavo has many dry-country specials which are easy to spot, including the magnificent golden-breasted starling, golden pipit and vulturine, Guinea fowl, African finfoot, African orange-bellied parrot, among others.

Lugard Falls in Tsavo East National Park-Kenya

Named after the British captain Frederick Lugard who was said to have stopped here in the early years of colonization when he was traveling for the British East African Company, Lugard Falls in Tsavo East National Park-Kenya are located about 60 km north of Voi town on the Galana River.

Satao Camp in Tsavo East National Park-Kenya

Satao Camp is an exclusive tented wonder. Nestling among Tamarind trees, overlooking the busy watering hole. The camp provides tranquility and relaxation in the “Eden of East Africa” with the extra personal touch.

Accessibility to Tsavo East National Park

By road

Tsavo East National Park-Kenya has 3 gates, From Mombasa there is a Voi main gate 153km via Mombasa-Nairobi highway, Mtito Andei gate is 233km south of Nairobi and 250km north of Mombasa on the main Nairobi-Mombasa highway, and from Malindi or the north cost, take the western road (103) and enter in the park via Sala gate.

Book with us and we take you through with an open-topped tour vehicle which will make your safari a remarkable experience.

By Air

Tsavo East National Park-Kenya has several Airstrips, Chartered light aircrafts may land at any of the six airstrips in the south part of the park, or any of the 13 airstrips in the north.

Vio, Aruba, Satao, Sala, Ithumba, Sangayaya, Mopeo, Bachuma and Cattar.

By Railway

The Nairobi-Mombasa railway runs right through the Tsavo East National Park-Kenya.

Where to Stay Around Tsavo East National Park

Voi Safari Lodge in Tsavo East National Park-Kenya

Voi Safari Lodge is one of the oldest safari lodges in Tsavo East National Park-Kenya on top of a rocky hill with 52 en-suit standard rooms. The lodge stands high above the games of Tsavo East National Park-Kenya with views of a vast expanse of African bush.

Voi Wildlife Lodge in Tsavo East National Park-Kenya

Voi Wildlife Lodge is located at the boundary of the home of Elephants the Tsavo East National Park-Kenya, 5-minute drive from the Tsavo East Airstrip. The Lodge is located next and overlooking the great water hole where many big animals are seen often coming to drink water.

Epiya Chapeyu Bigi Tented Camp in Tsavo East National Park-Kenya

Epiya Chapeyu Tented Safari Camp lies in the heart of the Tsavo East National Park on the banks of the Galana River at the foot of the Yatta plateau, Galana River, Tsavo East Set amongst Doum Palms (Hyphaene Coriacea) and Acacia trees (Acacia Brevispica) it is in perfect harmony with the local indigenous African landscape and vegetation.

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