Tsavo East National Park


Name: Tsavo East National Park
Country: Kenya

Tsavo National Park is the largest park I Kenya and was established on 1st April, 1948. Tsavo National Park was split into East and West for administrative purposes. The two parks are divided by Nairobi-Mombasa railway and road.

The park has an interesting and diverse history including the Waliangulu and Kamba tribes used the park as a hunting ground prior to gazettement; the first European to see Mt. Kenya, Rev. Dr. L. Krapf, journeyed on foot through this area on 1848; during the construction of the railway bridge over the Tsavo River in 1898, lions (the famed man-eaters of Tsavo) terrorized the workers, killing over

130 people before being killed by Col. J.H. Patterson. During World War 1, British forces built fortresses along to counter threats from Tanzania; the European explorer passed through the area on his to Uganda.

Tsavo East is an easily accessible and very popular Park as is indicated by the high number of Tourists. Some of the attractive scenic features include large herds of elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, crocodile, waterbuck, kudu, gerenuk, zebra, hunter’s hartebeest and striking natural landscapes and structures.

Major Attractions: Tsavo West National Park is a ‘catchment’ for visitors from coast resorts with large herds of elephants and other wildlife. Yatta plateau is about 290 km long and is one of the world’s longest lava flows.

Lugards Falls on the Galana river – this is not a true falls but a series of rapids. Visitors can walk down to river to view rapids. Visitors can walk down to river to view rapids

Mudanda rock is a long rock outcrop that is about 1.6 km base. Animals can be seen drinking. Visitors can walk along the rock and enjoy a cool breeze as well as view wildlife at the base.

Aruba Dam was built in 1952 across the Voi River. The dam attracts many animals and water birds seen at this dam.

Tsavo/Athi rivers confluence – when the two rivers join to form the Galana river.

Wildlife: Elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, crocodile, waterbuck, kudu, gerenuk, zebra and hunter’s hartebeest

Birds: The prolific bird life features 500 recorded bird species

South-West Kenya

21,812 square km

Climatic Conditions
Hot and dry

Getting There

  • By Road: Mtito Andei gate is located 232 km South of Nairobi and 250 Km north of Mombasa on the main Nairobi-Mombasa Road.
  • By Air: There are several airstrips in the park


Aruba Lodge, Voi Wildlife Lodge, Galdessa Camp, Epiya Chapeyu Camp, Tsavo Safari camp (Cottar’s, Satao Camp, Patterson Safari Camp, Tarhi Camp, Ndololo


  • Game viewing drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Bird watching

Ashnil Aruba Lodge lies in the heart of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya. Its location is superb, just a few hours from Mombasa and close to Aruba dam. There are several water holes nearby which attr...


A true delight for elephant lovers, Ithumba Camp is owned by The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. This camp is remote, wild and the perfect place for a peaceful safari....


Lions Bluff Lodge is a small exclusive lodge which clings to the edge of a bluff suspended above Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary which lies at the heart of the Tsavo Eco system, surrounded by Tsavo ...