Tsavo East National Park is located about 260km south east of Nairobi, on the main Nairobi to Mombasa road and 140 Kilometers from Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa. Tsavo East is part of the Greater Tsavo National Park that includes Tsavo East and West National Parks and the Chyulu Hills and consists mostly of miles and miles of dry flat thorn-bush, semi-arid acacia scrub and narrow woodland dominated by acacia. The wonderful Baobab trees are also a common sight in the Park. Whilst Tsavo East is huge (over 4500sq miles), most of the park north of the Galana river is closed to the general public with only a few private safari operations permitted to enter.
Flat plains of Tsavo East National Park
You can see all of the Big 5 as well as a huge range of other species in Tsavo East National Park including Aardwolf, Caracal, African Wild Cat, Cheetah, African Wild Dog Bat eared fox, Spotted and Stripped Hyena, Black-backed, side-striped and common Jackal, Cape Buffalo, African Elephant, Giraffe Bushbuck, Guenther’s Dik-dik, Kirk’s Dik-dik, Blue Duiker, Common Duiker, Eland, Grant’s Gazelle, Coke’s Hartebeest, Hunter’s Hartebeest, Impala Klipspringer, Lesser Kudu Fringe-eared Oryx, Steinbok, Suni, Waterbuck, Hyrax (Eastern Tree), Hyrax (Rock), Hyrax (Southern Tree), Civet (African and Palm), Genet (Large-spotted), Genet (Small-spotted), Mongoose: Many species including the Nanded, Bushy-tailed, Dwarf, Grey, Marsh, Slender, White-tailed Otter (Clawless), Honey Badger (Ratel), Baboon (Savannah), Bushbaby (Lesser), Galago (Large-eared greater), Galago (Small-eared greater), Monkey (Blue/Sykes/Diademed), Monkey (Green Vervet).
Elephants at a water pan in Tsavo East National Park
There are six airstrips in the southern part of the park and thirteen in the Northern part. There are no scheduled flights to the Park but chartered light planes can be used.
A mane less lion with lionesses in Tsavo East National Park