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Tsavo East/West

Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks form 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 to Mombasa road, equidistant between Nairobi and Mombasa. The azure and emerald Galana River flows amidst the arid bush land of Tasvo East. Home to some of the largest Elephant herds in Kenya and bordered by the Yatta plateau it provides a spectacular environment for a game drive.

Access:

  • By road:  The park Mtito Andei Gates is 233 km South of Nairobi and 250 km North of Mombasa on the main Nairobi to Mombasa Road.  From Malindi, take the western road (C103) and enter in the park via Sala gate
  • By air:  The following airstrips allow access to Tsavo East; 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

Climate:

  • Warm and dry

Safari card required?

  • Entry is by Safari card only.  Safari cards  may be loaded at Voi Gate

Major attractions:

  • Elephant in Eden – The sight of dust red elephant wallowing, rolling and spraying each other with the blue waters of the Galana River, is one of the most evocative images of Africa
  • Aruba Dam – The beautiful Aruba dam, located on the north bank of the Voi River, is a great game viewing destination
  • Mudanda Rock – This whale backed Rock towers above a natural dam, which attracts herds of Elephants.  The edge of the Yatta plateau is the longest lava flow in the world, at 300 kilometres . It attracts migrating birds from all over the world
  • Lugards Falls – Named after Captain Lugard, the first proconsul to East Africa, the falls feature eroded rocks through which the waters of the Galana River plunge into foaming rapids and crocodile infested pools

Wildlife:

  • The Park is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust red elephants, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopards, pods of hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks, Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk and Hirola

Birds:

  • There are over 500 recorded species of bird recorded in the park

Where to stay:

  • Voi Safari Lodge
  • Kingfisher Tented Camp
  • Ndololo Tented Camp
  • Tarhi Eco Camp
  • Satao Camp
  • Epiya Chapeya Tented Camp
  • Patterson’s Safari Camp
  • Aruba Ashnil
  • Voi Wildlife lodge

Camping Facilities

  • Ndololo public Campsite
  • A selection of  special campsites  are available however these must be booked in advance

Activity options:

  • Game viewing
  • Camping
  • Trekking
  • Bird watching

What to take with you:

  • Drinking water
  • Picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight
  • Also useful are binoculars, a camera, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks

Tsavo West National Park

Tsavo West and Tsavo East National Parks form one of the largest National parks in the world and covers 4% of Kenya’s total land area. Tsavo East is the larger of the two. It lies to the east of the Nairobi to Mombasa road, equidistant between Nairobi and Mombasa. It offers a vast area of arid bush land with the azure and emerald waters of the Galan River meandering through the parkland. It is surrounded by the lava reaches of the Yatta plateau and home to some of the largest elephant herds in Kenya.

Access:

  • By road: the park Mtito Andei Gate is 233 km South of Nairobi and 250 km North of Mombasa on the main Nairobi to Mombasa Road.  From Malindi, take the western road (C103) and enter in the park via Sala gate
  • By Air:  Via any of the following airstrips; 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

Climate:

  • Warm and dry

Safari card required?

  • Entry is by Safari card only. Safari cards  can be loaded at Voi Gate

Major attractions:

  • Elephant in Eden – The sight of dust-red elephants wallowing, rolling and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River is one of the most evocative images of Africa
  • Aruba Dam – The beautiful Aruba dam is located on the north bank of the Voi River, and provides a great game viewing destination
  • Mudanda Rock – This whale backed Rock towers above a natural dam, which acts as a draw to thousands of Elephants . At 300 kilometers in length, the heat shimmering edge of yatta plateau is the longest lava flow in the world. It attracts migrating birds from all over the world
  • Lugards Falls – Named after Captain Lugard, the first proconsul to East Africa, the falls feature eroded rocks through which the waters of the Galana River plunge into foaming rapids and crocodile infested pools

Wildlife:

  • The Park is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust red elephants, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippos, crocodile, waterbucks, Lesser Kudu, Gerenuk and Hirola

Birds:

  • The prolific bird life features 500 recorded species

Accommodation options:

  • Ngulia lodge
  • Serena lodge
  • Rhino sanctuary

Camping Facilities

  • Ndololo public campsite
  • A selection of  special campsites  are available however these must be booked in advance

Activity options:

  • Game viewing
  • Camping
  • Trekking
  • Bird watching

What to take with you:

  • Drinking water
  • Picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight
  • Also useful are binoculars, a camera, a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks


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