GUIDE ON TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK IN KENYA
Your authentic wilderness trip to East Africa should include the majestic Tsavo East National Park. Together with Tsavo West National Park, this 4535 square miles (11,747 square kilometers) wilderness forms the spectacular Tsavo National Parks (totaling 20812 sq. km or 8035 sq. miles), the largest park in Kenya and noted as one of the largest wildlife sanctuary on the planet!
Tsavo East National Park, though, holds its own esteemed credits and is known as one of the greatest biodiversity sites in the world. With easy access to the park from the coast of Mombasa, AfricanMecca guests travel across immense savannah plains that are dotted with thorn bushes, stands of acacia trees, scrublands and woodlands. The rolling topography lulls you into a dream-like state as you uncover the varied ecological and historical treasures.
The massive Yatta Plateau emerges from the horizon, and before you know it, you are sitting at the very site where molten rock from Ol Doinyo Sabuk Mountain had formed one of the longest lava flows on earth. The rocky outcrop known as “Mudanda Rock” is another breathtaking geological structure that extends 1.6 kilometers along the plains. At the base of the immense rock is a watering hole where you catch your first glimpse of animals drinking.
The Athi River weaves its way along the landscape lined with doum palms. As you follow the meandering river, you arrive at Lugards Falls where the water is squeezed through narrow openings in strangely eroded rocks. The change in pressure creates a wonderful series of rapids that eventually end in pools where crocodiles await a tasty meal from an unsuspecting thirst antelope. This is where the river meets the adjoining tributary from the Tsavo River to form the Galana River that runs all through the park and all the way to the coast of Watamu as the renewed Sabaki River.
You may also see man-made structures that tell the story of human history, including railway travel, exploration and wartime battles. Tsavo East also has the seasonal Voi River, which originates from the highlands of Taita Hills, running along the park where it partly drains at Aruba Dam and the remaining drains all the way to the Gedi, near Watamu.
Some of Kenya’s largest elephant herds are in Tsavo East Park, so you will likely see these grey-skinned animals in several locations. What you may not expect, though, is the color of their skin being partly red. These elephants dust themselves with the red-brown Tsavo murram soil, so photographing them creates evocative images that are the envy of many visitors.
Prides of mane-less lions, some sharing the DNA from the man-eater lions of Tsavo along with herds of buffalos are also been frequently seen in the park. Dispersed amongst these animals are giraffes, zebras, lesser kudus, coke’s hartebeests, grant’s gazelles, klipspringers, impalas, waterbucks, gerenuks, hunter’s hartebeests and many more sought-after fauna (read more on when is the best time to go to Tsavo East).
In the rivers, you may see hippos enjoying the refreshing water that cools them throughout the day. Bird lovers find a paradise of resident and migratory species as more than 500 species have been recorded in Tsavo East. You are sure to have a discerning Kenya birding tour of a lifetime should you sight the kestrels and buzzards that respite in the park during their migrations.
AfricanMecca Safaris welcomes you to wonders of Tsavo East National Park, easily accessible from the coastal beach resorts of Mombasa, Malindi, Watamu and Kilifi, and we look forward to designing the perfect African wildlife focused safari that will exceed your expectations.
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WHERE TO STAY IN TSAVO EAST
We recommend Galdessa Camp for premier guests. The camp is placed along the banks of the Galana River. Satao Camp is one of the finest deluxe camps in Kenya that teems with resident wildlife.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN TSAVO EAST
You will come across the mane-less and relatives of the man-eater lions of Tsavo, elephants with huge tusks, herds of buffalos, bachelor impala herds, dual-tone zebras, graceful giraffes and more.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT TSAVO EAST
We primarily recommend the dual dry season from July to October and January to February to AfricanMecca guests to Tsavo East National Park, especially if you are new to bush travel in Kenya.
What are our Customers saying about us? READ MORE REVIEWS
Our recent holiday to Kenya was absolutely fabulous. The highlight of our holiday though was the road safari to Tsavo East, which you recommended and organised on our behalf. We can't thank you enough!!
Kevin & Sue Severn - Leigh, United Kingdom
I can honestly say this was the best vacation I have ever been on. We enjoyed our safari to Tsavo East. 2 weeks is not nearly enough time in Kenya! Everyone was friendly and I felt very welcome. Thanks again!!
Melissa Ngala - Florida, United States
Jambo Altaf, Many thanks for a brilliant holiday. Your choice of tented accommodation at the two Tsavos and Amboseli was superb, we didn't have a favourite. We would recommend AfricanMecca to anyone.
Geoffrey Topliss - Northampton, United Kingdom
Jambo Raza, Just like to thank everybody at AfricanMecca and Tsavo East for a truly memorable experience. I would have no hesitation in recommending yourselves to anybody thinking of visiting Kenya.
Paulline Ellis - Kent, United Kingdom
Jambo Altaf, The service was first class and accommodation was out of this world, the staff at Tsavo could not do enough and if you required anything all you had to do was ask. Thank you for a most memorable experience.
Peter & Tracey Hutton - Prescot, United Kingdom
Tsavo East was amazing and we saw the lion and cheetah there almost immediately. We were more than satisfied with the attention to detail and thoroughness of AfricanMecca and would not hesitate to recommend you.
Babsie and Tony Dean - Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Tsavo was wonderful, as were our accomodations and transportation in Zanzibar. I would absolutely recommend AfricanMecca to my friends and family. I thank you so much for helping us to plan this wonderful vacation.
Kirsten Weir - New York, United States
EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR TSAVO EAST IN SOUTH-EASTERN KENYA
When visiting Tsavo East National Park, we recommend combining your safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Amboseli, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes. You can also day trek or climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kenya.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Chyulu Hills or Tsavo West ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.
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