Tsavo East National Park

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About Tsavo East National Park

Located in the southeastern region of Kenya, adjacent to the coast, Tsavo East National Park sprawls across approximately 5,300 square miles, earning its status as Kenya’s largest national park. Established officially in 1949, Tsavo East was delineated from Tsavo West by the construction of the A109 road. Named after the Tsavo River coursing through its expanse from west to east, the park finds its home in the Taru Desert, nestled against the Chyulu Hills National Park to the east within the southern Kenya Rift Valley.

Travelers venturing into Tsavo East can anticipate an entrance fee of around $60 per person per day for day-trippers, while overnight guests at park camps or lodges are usually included in their accommodation fees. Operating hours span from 6 am to 6 pm, allowing ample time for exploration amidst its diverse wildlife and captivating landscapes.

Accessing Tsavo East is primarily by road, with a journey from Nairobi encompassing a scenic 230-mile drive via Safari Jeep or scheduled transfers, spanning approximately six hours. Alternatively, from Mombasa, the trip covers 125 miles and takes roughly three hours. For those preferring air travel, flights departing from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport or Mombasa offer swift access, with a flight time of 60 minutes from Nairobi and 30 minutes from Mombasa. Upon arrival, guests can opt for transfers from nearby airports to their respective accommodations within Tsavo East.

For a unique travel experience, the Madaraka Express train provides a novel mode of transportation from Nairobi or Mombasa. The journey takes approximately two hours and forty-five minutes from Nairobi and one and a half hours from Mombasa, culminating at the Voi Terminal, where lodge representatives await to facilitate transfers.

The park’s climate favors winter for safari expeditions, with dry air, cooler temperatures, and sparse vegetation offering optimal conditions for wildlife sightings. To avoid peak crowds, travelers may opt for the “green” season, characterized by fewer vehicles and unique wildlife phenomena such as birthing season or the great migration.

Tsavo East’s diverse ecosystem supports a plethora of wildlife, including the iconic “Red Elephants,” dik-diks, lesser kudus, gerenuks, and porcupines, alongside an impressive array of over 500 bird species. The park’s terrain, predominantly flat with savannas and grasslands interspersed with acacia trees and rocky outcrops, features notable landmarks such as the Yatta Plateau, Lugard Falls, and the picturesque Aruba Dam.

Embarking on game drives, whether in the early morning, full day, or late afternoon, remains the quintessential approach to wildlife encounters. Guided walking safaris along the Galana River provide an intimate perspective of the park’s natural splendor, while excursions to local villages offer cultural immersion and opportunities to support local communities.

Visits to scenic attractions like Aruba Dam, Lugard Falls, and Mubanda Rock promise breathtaking vistas and memorable experiences, enriching any journey into the captivating wilderness of Tsavo East National Park.

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The optimal time to visit Tsavo East National Park is during the dry winter months from June to August for ideal wildlife viewing conditions.

Home of

Mammals, vast herds of dust –red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, lesser Kudu, gerenuk and the prolific bird life

Peak Time

Jul - Oct

Famous For

Legend of the Man-eating Lions, “Red” Elephants

Best Time to Visit

Jun - Oct, Dec - Mar

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FAQs

Yes, Tsavo East National Park is worth visiting for its diverse wildlife and expansive landscapes.

Tsavo East is known for its large herds of elephants, iconic baobab trees, and the Galana River.

Tsavo East is characterized by vast open plains, while Tsavo West features more diverse landscapes including volcanic hills, swamps, and dense forests.

Yes, on clear days, it is possible to see Mount Kilimanjaro from certain viewpoints in Tsavo East.

The hottest months in Tsavo are typically January and February.

Tsavo East is home to a significant population of lions, but exact numbers can vary.

Tsavo East offers basic amenities such as lodges, campsites, picnic areas, and visitor centers.

Yes, cheetahs can be found in Tsavo East National Park, although they are less commonly seen compared to other predators.

The choice between Amboseli and Tsavo depends on personal preferences, as each park offers unique experiences. Amboseli is known for its views of Mount Kilimanjaro and large elephant herds, while Tsavo boasts vast landscapes and diverse wildlife.

Tsavo East is home to a population of black rhinos, although they are relatively rare and sightings are not guaranteed.

The cost of visiting Tsavo National Park varies depending on factors such as entry fees, accommodation choices, and guided tours.

Yes, both Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks are home to lion populations.

Tsavo East is renowned for its large elephant population, with estimates ranging into the thousands.

The best time to visit Tsavo is during the dry season, from June to October, when wildlife congregates around water sources and vegetation is less dense.

The distance between Tsavo East and Tsavo West is approximately 11km via C103

Predators in Tsavo National Park include lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, and wild dogs.

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