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Tsavo East National Park
South Kitui National Reserve

  • Altitude: 500 - 4,000 Ft
  • Area: 11,747 Sq. Kms.
  • Distance from Nairobi: 333 Kms.
  • 16 Airstrips (4 graded)
  • Opened April 1948
  • Spectacular scenery: Galana River, Lugard Falls, Aruba Dam & Mudanda Rock
  • Unrivalled Birdwatching: Resident & Migratory Flocks
  • Fantastic Scenery: Lakes, Tarns, Glaciers & Peaks
  • Gameviewing: Elephant, Rhino, Giant Crocodiles, Ostrich
  • Camel Safaris, River Fishing
  • Easy Access from the Coast

Tsavo-East is one of Kenya's oldest and largest National Parks: covering approximately 40% of the total area of all of Kenya's National Parks. Its beautiful landscape and proximity to the Coast make it a popular safari destination. It is accredited as one of the World's leading bio-diversity strongholds, bushy grassland and open plains alternating with savannah and semi-arid acacia scrub and woodlands. Green swathes cross the Park where the river banks give rise to lush vegetation. North of Galana is a true wilderness. A number of leading tour guides offer private safaris throughout this area, camel safaris are a feature.

Tsavo East is recommended for photographers with its fabulous light and unbelievable views, in particular the Mudanda Rock and the Yatta Plateau, the world's largest lava flow. Luggard's Falls on the Galana River are remarkable for the shaped water-worn rocks. Game includes: elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, crocodile, waterbuck, kudu, gerenuk, and zebra and Aruba Hunter's Hartebeest can be seen with its Lyre-shaped horns. Home to some of the largest herds in Kenya, the elephants glow red after dust baths, blowing the vivid red dust through their trunks over their bodies.

500 bird species are recorded including ostrich and some migratory kestrels and buzzards stop at Tsavo-East during their long flight south.

Accommodation: One lodge with 104 beds, four tented camps (total 92 beds), two campsites (total 36 beds), one self-help banda site with 12 beds and nine campsites. Further lodges and tented camps are planned.

To the north is South Kitui National Reserve, an area of 1833 sq. kms, opened in September 1979. It is particularly noted for primates.


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