About Tsavo East National Park
– In Southern Kenya 275kms away
– 393 to 628m
– Satao Camp, Aruba Lodge, Galdessa Camp
– By Road approx. 5 hours’ drive from both Nairobi and Mombasa Daily scheduled flights from Nairobi and Mombasa
– Large herds of Elephant, David Sheldrick Elephant Stockades, Yatta Plateau – the longest lava flow in the world
Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya and is situated in a semi-arid area previously known as the Taru Desert, it opened in April 1948. It has large herds of dust-red elephants and other wildlife including Rhinos and Hirola (Hunters Hartebeest) and is equidistant between Nairobi and Mombasa. It is the most popular national parks whilst combining beach and safari due to close proximity to the Kenya coast. The Yatta plateau is about 290km long and is one of the world’s longest lava flows and an ornithological paradise that attract migrating birds from all over the world, the prolific bird life features 500 recorded species. Lugards Falls named after Captain Lugard the first proconsul to East Africa on the Galana River is in fact a series of rapids and crocodile-infested pools and not true falls. Miranda rock is a long rock outcrop of about 1.6Km long: here is a dam at the base and animals can be seen drinking. Tsavo/Athi rivers confluence: when the two rivers join they form the Galana River. Aruba Dam – was built in 1952 across the Voi River. The dam attracts many animals and water birds can be seen at this dam. Beginning in the late 19th/early 20th century, the British began a concerted effort to colonize the interior of Kenya and built a railway through Tsavo in 1898. Two “man-eating lions” terrorized the construction crews led by Lt. Col Patterson who eventually shot the pair but not before they had killed thirty five Indians. The railway was eventually completed through to Kisumu on Lake Victoria.