About Tsavo National Park
Tsavo National Park 11,747 sq km
Tsavo East is one of Kenyas oldest and largest National Parks: covering approximately 40% of the total area of all Kenya’s National Parks. Its beautiful landscapes and proximity to the coast make it a popular safari destination. It is accredited as one of the world’s leading biodiversity strongholds, bushy grassland and open plains alternate with semi-arid acacia scrub and woodlands. Tsavo East is recommended for photographers, with its fabulous light and unbelievable views, in particular the Mudanda Rock and Yatta Plateau, the world’s largest overland lava flow. The park has two permanent rivers, the Tsavo River which flows from Tsavo West and the Athi River which flows from Tsavo River. The two rivers merge to form the Galana River before the Luggard Falls, known for its water worn rock features. Tsavo has around 500 bird species, and big game include elephants, rhino, lion, leopard, crocodile, zebra, waterbuck, impala, giraffe and many other plains game. Ideal for game drives and adventure seekers.
The Mudanda Rock is a 1.6 km inselberg of stratified rock that acts as a water catchment that supplies a natural dam below. It offers an excellent vantage point for the hundreds of elephants and other wildlife that come to drink during the dry season.
The Yatta Plateau, the world's longest lava flow, runs along the western boundary of the park above the Athi River. Its 290 km length was formed by lava from Ol Doinyo Sabuk Mountain.
Lugard Falls, named after Frederick Lugard, is actually a series of white water rapids on the Galana River.
Aruba Dam was built in 1952 across the Voi River. The reservoir created by the dam attracts many animals and water birds.
Tsavo East National Park is one of the world's largest game reserves, providing undeveloped wilderness homes to vast numbers of animals. Famous are the Tsavo lions, a population of lions, were adult males often lack manes entirely. In total there are about 675 lions in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem.
A comprehensive list of the animal types found in Tsavo East Park includes the aardwolf, yellow baboon, bat, cape buffalo, bushbaby, bushbuck, caracal, African wildcat, Tanzanian cheetah, African Civet, dik-dik, African hunting dog, African dormouse, Blue Duiker, bush duiker, Red duiker, eland, African elephant, bat-eared fox, greater galago, gazelle, large-spotted Genet, small-spotted genet, gerenuk, giraffe, African hare, springhare, Coke's hartebeest, hunter hartebeest, East African hedgehog, spotted hyena, striped hyena, rock hyrax, tree hyrax, impala, black-backed jackal, side-striped jackal, klipspringer, Lesser Kudu, leopard, lion, banded mongoose, dwarf mongoose, Egyptian Mongoose, Marsh Mongoose, slender mongoose, White-tailed Mongoose, black faced vervet monkey, Sykes' monkey, fringe-eared oryx, clawless otter, ground pangolin, crested porcupine, cane rat, giant rat, naked mole rat, ratel, bohor reedbuck, black rhinoceros, serval, spectacled elephant shrew, bush squirrel, East African red squirrel, striped ground squirrel, Unstriped Ground Squirrel, suni, warthog, waterbuck, common zebra and Grevy's zebra.