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Theatre of the Wild

Tsavo East National Park

The sight of dust-red elephant wallowing, rolling and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of the palm-shaded Galana River is one of the most evocative images in Africa. This, along with the 300-kilometre-long Yatta Plateau, the most extended lava flow in the world, make for an adventure unlike any other in the Tsavo East.

Tsavo East National Park is the largest wildlife park in Kenya. The park covers an area of 13,747 kilometres made up of scrubland and with the Galana River cutting across the vast savannah. Home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust –red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, Cheetahs, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, lesser Kudu, gerenuk and the prolific bird life features 500 recorded species.

The Elephants of the Tsavo ecosystem are coloured a distinctive brick red, a shade of the swirling red dust they love to wallow and bath. Several thousand Elephants call Tsavo home, moving between the Tsavo East and Tsavo West and into the adjacent areas in search of food and water. The Tsavo Elephant population also ranges into the adjacent Mkomazi reserve in Tanzania. Elephants are a keystone species in this arid ecosystem, and Tsavo East and West remain critical wildlife conservation areas for the continued survival of these species.

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Why Visit Tsavo East National Park

  • Home to a variety of animals with the Big Five present
  • Vast herds of Elephants covered in red dust from wallowing and dust bathing.
  • Beautiful scenery – Galana river and Taita Hills

What to Do

  • Game drive safaris
  • Bushwalking
  • Bird watching

Getting There​

  • An easy drive from Nairobi or Mombasa
  • Scheduled and Charter flights from Nairobi.

Best Time to Visit

  • Year-round, but the dry season is the best (June to October and January to February)

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