BEST TIME TO VISIT TSAVO EAST FOR A SOUTH-EASTERN KENYA SAFARI
Night-time low temperatures range from 60 F (16 C) to 68 (20 C) dependent on the seasonal months. We do advise our guests, though, that droughts are more common in Tsavo East than in the bordering park of Tsavo West National Park. Historically, droughts have been so severe that the 85-hectare reservoir at Aruba Dam has dried up completely.
This results to wildlife congregating at more permanent water sources like the Galana River. While these climatic conditions make Tsavo East Park a superb African bush safari destination any time of year, you should also consider the effects of the dry and rainy seasons. The presence or absence of rain affects not only the vegetation, but also wildlife behavior, room rates and logistics.
We primarily recommend the long dry season from July to October to most of AfricanMecca visitants to Tsavo, especially if you are new to bush travel in Kenya. Without adequate precipitation, plants and grasses are sparse at best, and seasonal watering holes are dry. In the search for food and water, wildlife relocates to more permanent water sources where they also find adequate water and surrounding nourishment.
As a result, the animals are found gathered in small areas. The minimal vegetation and diverse groups of animals affords you to view numerous species in a central area, especially herbivores, much more easily than when dispersed wildlife have more options for eating and drinking. These prime conditions draw many guests, both locally and internationally.
The long dry season also coincides with migration in Masai Mara and also the summer holidays for American and European families, so you will experience the highest guest levels at the park during the long dry season, especially from the coastal resorts of Mombasa, Malindi, Watamu and Kilifi. Guest levels decrease slightly during the short rainy season in November and December, and some accommodations lower their room rates.
The only exceptions are Christmas and New Year’s. Other prices, though, are constant regardless of the season, such as meals, park entry fees, logistics, and activities, to name only some of the costs that are associated with your exploratory travel in East Africa. Rainfall during the short wet season in Tsavo compared to other parts of Kenya is not similar. There is more precipitation in comparison. This is primarily due to location of the park being so close to the coast of Kenya.
In January and February, a short hot, dry season arrives, followed by the wettest time of year – the long rains from March through May and parts of June. The precipitation is significant, and rain may fall continuously for several days but not throughout the day. Roads and trails are muddy because of the increased moisture. Your safari activities may be impacted due to the difficulty of navigating the park by vehicle and on foot.
For those spirited guests who desire a magical Kenya trip in Tsavo East with AfricanMecca, the long rains bring renewed life in both flora and fauna. The landscape is transformed as plants, flowers, trees and bushes spring to life, and you may see first-hand the first few minutes of a newborn mammal’s life. Birding is also best during this time, especially with avian-life migrating from the cold European habitats.
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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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GUIDE ON TSAVO EAST PARK
In Tsavo East, you will travel across immense savannah plains that are dotted with thorn bushes, stands of acacia trees, scrublands and woodlands, all teeming with herbivores and carnivores.
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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