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Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest wildlife tour destination parks in Kenya, dubbed “Theatre of the Wild”. The Joint mass of Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks forms one of the largest National parks in the world and covers a massive 4% of Kenya’s total land area.

Tsavo East the larger of the two, lies to the east of the Nairobi–Mombasa road, equidistant between Nairobi and Mombasa, and offers a vast and untapped arena of arid bush which is washed by azure and emerald meandering of Galana River. Guarded by the limitless lava reaches of Yatta plateau and patrolled by some of the largest elephant herds in Kenya.

Overview: Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya at 13,747 square kilometers. Tsavo East National Park is one of the world’s largest game reserves, providing undeveloped wilderness homes to vast numbers of animals. Famous are the Tsavo lions, a population whose adult males often lack manes entirely. In total there are about 675 lions in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem.

Situated in a semi-arid area previously known as the Taru Desert it opened in April 1948 and is located near the town of Voi in the Taita-Taveta County of the former Coast Province. The park is divided into east and west sections by the A109 road and a railway. Named for the Tsavo River, which flows west to east through the national park, it borders the Chyulu Hills National Park and the Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania.


Inside Tsavo East National Park, the Athi and Tsavo rivers converge to form the Galana River. Most of the park consists of semi-arid grasslands and savanna. It is considered one of the world’s biodiversity strongholds, and its popularity is mostly due to the vast amounts of the diverse wildlife that can be seen, including the famous ‘big five’ consisting of lions, black rhinos, cape buffalos, elephants, and leopards. The park is also home to a great variety of birdlife such as the black kite, crowned crane, lovebird, and the sacred ibis. Tsavo East National Park is generally flat, with dry plains across which the Galana River flows. Other features include the Yatta Plateau and Lugard Falls

How To Get There: Tsavo East National Park

      • By Road: Tsavo East national park Mtito Andei Gates is 233 km South of Nairobi and 250 km North of Mombasa on the main Nairobi- Mombasa Road. Distance Nairobi-Mtito Andei: 233 km – Mtito Andei-Voi: 96 km – Voi-Mombasa: 153 km. From Malindi, take the western road (C103) and enter the park via Sala gate.
      • By Airstrip:  Voi, Aruba, Satao, Sala, Ithumba, Sangayaya, Mopeo, Bachuma, Cottars,

      Park Gates:

      • Mtito Andei
      • Voi
      • Buchuma
      • Manyani
      • Ithumba
      • Sala


      Size/ Location:

      • 13,747  sq. km
      • South East  Kenya, inland from the Coast


      Wildlife: Tsavo East National Park

      Tsavo East National Park is one of the world’s largest game reserves, providing undeveloped wilderness homes to vast numbers of animals like red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard,  pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk, aardwolf, yellow baboon, bat, Cape buffalo, bushbaby, bushbuck, caracal, African wildcat, cheetah, civet, dik-dik, African hunting dog, African dormouse, blue duiker, bush duiker, red duiker, eland, African bush elephant, bat-eared fox, greater galago, gazelle, large-spotted genet, small-spotted genet, gerenuk, giraffe, African hare, springhare, Coke’s hartebeest and more.

      Birding: Tsavo East National Park

      Over 500 bird species have been recorded in the area, including ostriches, kestrels, buzzards, starlings, weaver birds, kingfishers, hornbills, secretary birds, and herons.

      Activity Options:
      • Game viewing
      • Camping
      • Trekking
      • Bird watching

        Where To Stay: Tsavo East National Park

        In – Park Accommodation:
        • Lodges
        • Voi Safari Lodge
        • Kingfisher Tented Camp
        • Ndololo Tented Camp
        • Tarhi Eco Camp
        • Satao Camp
        • Epiya Chapeya Tented Camp
        • Patterson’s Safari Camp
        • Aruba Ashnil
        Camping Facilities:
        • Public campsites: Ndololo Campsite
        • A selection of  special campsites  are available however these must be booked in advance


        Best Time To Visit:

        • All year round

        Attractions: Tsavo East National Park

        Major Attractions: 
        • Mudanda Rock: The Mudanda Rock is a 1.6 km inselberg of stratified rock that acts as a water catchment that supplies a natural dam below. It offers an excellent vantage point for the hundreds of elephants and other wildlife that come to drink during the dry season.
        • Yatta Plateau: The Yatta Plateau, the world’s longest lava flow, runs along the western boundary of the park above the Athi River. Its 290 km length was formed by lava from Ol Doinyo Sabuk Mountain.
        • Lugard Falls: Lugard Falls, named after Frederick Lugard, is a series of white water rapids on the Galana River.
        • Aruba Dam: Aruba Dam was built in 1952 across the Voi River. The reservoir created by the dam attracts many animals and water birds.