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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. This should not deter you from visiting as the area you are permitted to explore is still massive and has a very good network of well signposted roads.
Tsavo East does not have the Mountains and hills of Tsavo West, it does have it's own beauty and because it is less visited, you do get more of the feeling and indeed you are in completely wild Africa.

Tsavo East's Main Attractions:
  • Yatta Plateau - one the world's largest and longest lava flow (300 km long).
  • Lugards Falls and the Galana River - Easy access to the rapids and possibility to spot majestic landscapes along the river.
  • Mudanda Rock is an outcrop rock of 1.6 km long with a large dam at its base. There is possibility to walk at the top of the rock, enjoy the cool breeze and watch wildlife drinking in the dam.
  • Aruba Dam - built in 1952 across the Voi river, this dam attracts many bird species and migratory species.
  • Home to all of the Big 5 including large amounts of "red" elephants, black rhinoceros, buffalo and Lions.
  • Camel safaris and river fishing
How to Get to Tsavo East

From Nairobi Take the main Nairobi to Mombasa road (A109) via Voi through the Voi gate or Manyani gate. Distance about 200km

From Mombasa Take the main Nairobi to Mombasa road (A109) and enter through the Bachuma gate. Distance is about 150km

From Malindi Go to the Sala gate on the (C103) from Malindi, this road was recently graded and is the shortest way from North Coast.

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.

When to Visit Tsavo

Personally I don't think there is a best time to visit Tsavo, you will just see different things at different times of the year. Generally the weather in Tsavo is warm and dry with the temperatures ranging from 20-40 celcius, rainfall from 200-700mm per year.

Rainy Season: There are two rainy seasons. The long rains are generally from March through to May and the weather is hot and humid. The short rains arrive in the warm months of October to December.

Dry Season: January to March is hot and dry and July to October is warm and dry.

More Information

The Park opens at 6.30 a.m. and closes at 6.30 p.m.

Tsavo East Entrance Fees

A smartcard is needed to enter Tsavo, these can be obtained and loaded at Voi gate and then used at a number of National Parks throughout Kenya including Nairobi, Lake Nakuru, Aberdare, Amboseli, Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks.

Adult non resident - US$23 Children non resident - US$10

Beautiful place to stay at the Tsavo