We recently visited a friend down at Voi and took the opportunity to enjoy a game drive at the vast Tsavo park. This is our first game safari post 🙂 and we are excited to share it with you. Tsavo is made up of two separate parks, Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park. At nearly 22,000km2, it’s the largest national park in Kenya and one of the largest in the world.
Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest parks in Kenya, located South East of Kenya near the Town of Voi in the Taita-Taveta area, it’s 13,747 sq.km.The slightly larger Tsavo East is generally flat, with dry plains across which the Galana River flows.
The sight of dust red elephant wallowing, rolling and spraying each other with the blue waters of Galana River is one of the most evocative images in Africa. This, along with the 300 kilometer long Yatta Plateau, the longest lava flow in the world and the Lugard falls make for an adventure unlike any other in the Tsavo East. The park has vast herds of elephants, rhinos, buffalos, lions, leopards, pods of hippo, crocodiles, waterbucks, lesser Kudu and the prolific bird life features 500 recorded species .
Here is a gallery of the few we spotted;
Tsavo East was hot but the wildlife didn’t shy away from the scorching sun.
Tsavo East can be accessed trough Manyani Gate, Voi Gate, Buchuma Gate and Sala Gate
- Roads: the park Mtito Andei Gates is 233 km South of Nairobi and 250 km North of Mombasa on the main Nairobi- Mombasa Road. Distance Nairobi-Mtito Andei: 233 km – Mtito Andei-Voi: 96 km – Voi-Mombasa: 153 km. From Malindi, take the western road (C103) and enter in the park via Sala gate.
- Airstrips: Voi, Aruba, Satao, Sala, Ithumba, Sangayaya, Mopeo, Bachuma, Cottars
- Aruba Dam – The beautiful Aruba dam located on the north bank of the seasonal Voi River, is visited by thousands of animals and a great game viewing destination
- Mudanda Rock – This whale –backed Rock towers above a natural dam, which acts as a draw to thousands of Elephants
- Yatta Plateau– At 300 kilometers in length, the heat shimmering edge of yatta plateau is the longest lava flow in the world and an ornithological paradise that attracts migrating birds from all over the world
- Lugards Falls – Named after Captain Lugard, the first proconsul to East Africa, the falls feature bizarrely eroded rocks through which the waters of the Galana River plunge into foaming rapids and crocodile –infested pools
We didn’t get a chance to stay inside the park but the park has both privately owned lodges Aruba Ashnil, Satao camp, and campsites Ndololo, Kanderi among others.For more information Contact Kenya Wildlife Services