Tsavo East National Park, Kenya (The Definitive Guide)

The Definitive Guide to Tsavo East National Park | Book Lodges and Safaris Directly. Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya at 13,747 square kilometers, perhaps one of the largest wildlife strongholds in Kenya. The National Park feels wild and undiscovered, with its vast open plains looking mesmerizing and wonderful to be. Tsavo East Park is situated in a semi-arid area that was previously known as the Taru Desert. The National Park was established in April 1948 and is located near the town of Voi in the Taita-Taveta County of the former Coast Province.

Kilimanjaro rises above the Tsavo

Kilimanjaro rises above the Tsavo

The A109 road and a railway separate Tsavo East from Tsavo West. The National Park was named after 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 Park, the Athi and Tsavo rivers converge to form the Galana River.

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The landscape and vegetation at Tsavo East National Park

Most of the park encounters semi-arid grasslands and savanna. Tsavo East National Park 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 spotted here. Tsavo East Park is generally flat, with dry plains across which the Galana River flows. Other features include the Yatta Plateau and Lugard Falls. Tsavo West National Park is more mountainous and wetter, with swamps, Lake Jipe, and the Mzima Springs. It is known for birdlife and for its large mammals. It is also home to a black rhino sanctuary

Wildlife at Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo is not a reserve to come and tick off large numbers of big games. Rather, it is about relaxing and enjoying the animals and birds in a true wilderness. 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.

Wildlife in tsavo east

buffalos in Tsavo east

Elephants in big herds are possibly the main attraction of the park with many converging on the rivers and waterholes to drink in the dry season. The Park is famous for habituating large numbers of wild animals and is remarkably known to habituate famous Africa’s ‘big five’ animals that consist of the lion, black rhino, Cape buffalo, elephant, and leopard. The National Park is also home to a great variety of birdlife such as the black kite, saddle-billed stork, martial eagle, the violet wood hoopoe crowned crane, lovebird, and the sacred ibis.

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What kind of animals lives in Tsavo?

The large, semi-arid wilderness is home to most safari animals of all forms. The Tsavo East National Park is the largest protected area in Kenya and is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust –red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, lesser Kudu, gerenuk, and the prolific birdlife features 500 recorded species, which can clearly be spotted here.

Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East National Park

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