ABOUT TSAVO NATIONAL PARK
About THE PARK
Tsavo National Park
Tsavo is the largest National Park in Kenya, and one of the largest in the world and because of its size the park was split into two, Tsavo East & Tsavo West.
The Yatta Plateau
Tsavo East boasts many interesting attractions including the spine of the Yatta Plateau, the plateau is the world’s longest terrestrial lava flow, running along the western boundary of the park above the Athi River. Its 290 km length was formed by lava from Ol Doinyo Sabuk Mountain.
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.
It is located at the plains between Manyani Gate and Voi. It is an excellent vantage point from which to survey the waters of the natural dam that lies at its foot and potently draws to it many hundreds of wallowing elephant, buffalo and other planes game. This area is a favorite leopard hunting ground, although daytime sightings are rare.
Kanderi swamp is close to the Voi gate and provides one of only two drinking areas in Tsavo East during the dry months. It therefore attracts large herds of buffalo and impala as well as yellow baboon and lion.
Aruba Dam was built in 1952 across the Voi River. The reservoir created by the dam attracts many animals and water birds.
It is located in on the North of the Voi River. In the dry season, it is usually completely dry. The area usually attracts a lot of planes game such as gazelle and zebra. Today the dam is silted but very fertile, attracting many animals and bird life.
Lugard Falls, named after Frederick Lugard, is actually a series of white water rapids on the Galana River.
Further into tsavo east towards the sala gate you will find luggard falls cutting across tsavo east. This is a great vantage point to see crocodiles, hippos and planes game coming to drink at the waters edge.
Tsavo National Park is one of the world’s largest game reserves, providing undeveloped wilderness home to vast numbers of animals. Famous are the Tsavo lions, a population of lions, where the 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 National Park includes the aardwolf, yellow baboon, bat, cape buffalo, bush-baby, bushbuck, caracal, African wildcat, 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.