Together Tsavo East and Tsavo West form one of the largest conservation areas on the planet. Tsavo East is known for its impressive Elephants and the legend of the Maneaters of Tsavo.Tsavo East is one of the largest game reserves in Africa, situated mid-way between Nairobi and Mombasa. The Galana River passes through the Park and this provides life giving waters in this arid region. It is home to some of the largest Elephant herds in Kenya.
The park forms the largest protected area in Kenya and 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 the prolific bird life features 500 recorded species.
Location: The park is in southwest Kenya between Nairobi and Mombasa. It’s relatively close to the beaches of the Kenya Coast and can easily be a 1-day safari for those who wish a quick getaway.
When to visit: The park is open year-round and always accessible. Hours are 06:00 hrs. to 19:00 hrs. daily. Note: One can only walk or hike in designated areas and only in the company of a Kenya Wildlife Service ranger.
By road – you can book a tour with Timken Tours from the coast or Nairobi.
Air – chartered aircraft can land at any of the park’s multiple airstrips.
Railway – take the Nairobi-Mombasa railway which runs right through the park.
Things to do and see
The elephants! Rolling in the red-dust soil, spraying each other and herding at such watering holes as:
Mudanda Rock – This is a 1.6 km whale shaped rock towering over a natural dam. The life-giving waters here attract hundreds of the park’s elephants.
Aruba Dam – is a man-made dam of great aesthetic charm and an immense conservation area. The thousands of animals here create a perfect platform for wildlife viewing
Lugard’s Falls – in this oddly eroded natural structure, the Galana River actually disappears into a narrow rocky groove. You can stand astride both sides of the falls and view its plunge into the rapids and pools below, filled with awaiting crocodiles