Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo West National Park

Overview

The other half of the erstwhile undivided Tsavo National Park, Tsavo East national park is one of the largest and oldest national parks in Kenya. Straddling an area of 11,747 Km Sq. and set at an altitude that rises from 150 – 1,200 meters above sea level; Tsavo East NP is one of the world's important biodiversity hotspots. A tad bigger in size than Tsavo West, the park's topography is an interesting mix of flat arid plains covered in dry vegetation of thorny bushes and some swampy marshlands near the palm fringed Galana River. Adding vividity to the canvass is the turquoise waters of the Galana water and the 300 kilomtere long lava flow of the Yatta Plateau with the later being an irresistible draw for assorted migratory birds. The Mudanda rocks to the east keep the large herds of Kenyan elephants interested while the Luggards Falls is where the crocodiles thrive. Once infamous for its man-eating lions, the park today is known for the "Big Five" - buffalo, dust red African elephants, lions, rhinos and leopards besides the pods of hippo, waterbucks, lesser Kudu, gerenuk giraffes, gazelles, hartebeests, mongoose, black faced vervet monkeys, Sykes's monkeys, crested porcupines, and zebras and nearly 500 species of birds which hold the promise of some fascinating game drive experiences. They arid conditions of the park and its proximity to beaches and tourist attractions of Mombasa and Malindi make the park ideal for one-day safari. The park also offers opportunities for overnight camping.

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