Short-maned Lion - Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East National Park is located about 260km south east of Nairobi, on the main Nairobi to Mombasa road and 140 Kilometers from Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa. Tsavo East is part of the Greater Tsavo National Park that includes Tsavo East and West National Parks and the Chyulu Hills and consists mostly of miles and miles of dry flat thorn-bush, semi-arid acacia scrub and narrow woodland dominated by acacia. The wonderful Baobab trees are also a common sight in the Park. Whilst Tsavo East is huge (over 4500sq miles), most of the park north of the Galana river is closed to the general public with only a few private safari operations permitted to enter.

Main Attractions in Tsavo East National Park include;

  • Yatta Plateau - one the world's largest and longest lava flow (300 km long).
  • Lugard's Falls and the Galana River - Easy access to the rapids and possibility to spot majestic landscapes along the river.
  • Mudanda Rock is an outcrop rock of 1.6 km long with a large dam at its base. There is possibility to walk at the top of the rock, enjoy the cool breeze and watch wildlife drinking in the dam.
  • Aruba Dam - built in 1952 across the Voi river, this dam attracts many bird species and migratory species.
Tusker - Tsavo East National Park
Tsavo East National Park is home to some of the last remaining tuskers in the World

Tsavo East National Park is home to large mammals including great herds of elephant, antelope, hippos, black rhino, eland, lions and giraffe plus a host of birdlife. Tsavo West National Park hosts a wide variety of wildlife species from the 'Big Five' (Lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant), numerous other carnivores, gazelles like Waterbuck, Gerenuk, Zebra and Hunter's Hartebeest with its lyre-shaped horns. 500 bird species have recorded in Tsavo East National Park including Ostrich and some migratory kestrels while Buzzards stop at Tsavo-East during their long flight south. to over 150 bird species.