Tsavo East National Park

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About Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East and Tsavo West together form one of the world’s largest national parks, covering 4% of Kenya. Tsavo East NP feels wild and undiscovered; its vast open spaces are mesmerizing. The huge, semi-arid wilderness is home to most safari animals, and although wildlife densities aren’t large, spotting animals is always possible here due to the lack of foliage. The park is a stronghold for elephants, and you’ll commonly find them with a reddish appearance from the dusty soil of the area.

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13747km² / 5308mi²
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1111-1199m / 3645-3934ft
Pros and Cons
  • Good wildlife viewing with all of the Big Five present
  • Excellent birding with many dry-country specials
  • Great wilderness appeal with off-the-beaten track options
  • Beautiful landscape with scenic landmarks like the Galana river and Taita Hills
  • All tourism facilities are in a small area
  • Wildlife densities are rather low

Wildlife

Tsavo East is home to the Big Five, but it isn’t the kind of park to mark off species from your list. Elephants are abundant, and big herds can be seen crossing the endless plains. The park is also famous for its maneless lions. The most localized of the many dry country specials that can be found in the park is the fringe-eared oryx.
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Scenery

Tsavo East offers miles of open plains, bushy grassland and semi-arid shrub. The Galana river is a major feature in the park and is fringed by riverine forests. Another scenic highlight is Mudanda rock, a towering, quartzite (hard, metamorphic rock) formation.

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By Dan from United KingdomGB

Arriving at the famous Tsavo East National Park at the Voi Gate Headquarters, we were greeted by smiling rangers and park staff. We were quickly processed and were into the park within 10 minutes. Rounding the first corner, no more than 200 metres... Full review


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