Tsavo West and East National Park Kenya

If you have an appreciation of the wildlife wonders of our planet, You Should Be Here before you die. It is found southwest of the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway and east of Mountain Kilimanjaro.

Tsavo West and East National Park

Tsavo West and East National Park

Tsavo East and Tsavo West combined in 1948 to create the biggest wildlife estate in Africa, occupying 4% of Kenya’s vast expanse, 20,812 square km. It starts from the foot of the Chyulu Hills and goes down to the Tanzanian border.

It is made of rugged volcanic hills, dense acacia woodland and black lava flows. This makes it an incredible treasure for photography tours.

If you want a Big 5 adventure in a less crowded park, Tsavo West is a much better choice than Masai Mara. Its extra wow factor is its concentration of black rhinos which can be found in its Ngulia sanctuary.

At the renowned pools of Mzima Springs, you will find a viewing point where you can watch hippos underwater through a thick plate of glass windows. On the other hand, Lake Jipe, which lies on the border with Tanzania hosts lots of elephants, hippo, and waterbirds like threatened corncrake, Pied kingfisher, near threatened Basra Reed Warbler, and Martial eagle.

The dominant feature in Tsavo East is Yatta, a long Plateau that stretches over 300 Kms over a landscape that is as flat as a cake plate. The other is Galana, a palm-shaded river that doubles as a meeting point for gerenuk, hippos, crocodile, waterbucks, and lesser Kudu.

If you visit the Galana river around mid-day when the sun is hot, you are likely to find dust-red elephants wallowing and rolling in the mud to get rid of ticks and cool down their temperatures. If it’s a wet season when the water is in abundance, you will find males bathing by spraying water on each other to wash off layers of dirt. This is in an effort to impress females.

with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River is one of This, along with the 300 kilometers long Yatta Plateau, the longest lava flow in the world, make for an adventure unlike any other in the Tsavo East.

Best time to visit

If you prefer to visit when the park is less dusty, the wet season from October to May is a better bet. During this time, the park is greener. If you visit in the other months, you will leave with memories of a clear view of  Mountain Kilimanjaro.