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Adventure Africa Holidays is a specialist tour operator with
its office headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya but operating
throughout East Africa. We offer Safaris
to Tsavo East National Park, Kenya Tsavo East National Park
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Safari Lodge, Voi Wildlife Lodge, Ngutuni Lodge, Man Eaters of
Tsavo, Tsavo Safari Camp, Galdessa Camp & Kilalinda Lodge.
National Park, Kenya
National Park Background Information:
Tsavo National Park was established on 1st April, 1948
with an area of 21,812 Km2 It is the largest Park in
Kenya. In May 1948 Tsavo National Park was divided
into East and West for administrative purposes. The
two Parks are divided by Nairobi–Mombasa railway
-The Waliangulu and Kamba tribes used it as a hunting
ground prior to gazettement.
-Dr. Krapf journeyed on foot through this area in 1848
crossing the Tsavo river on his way to Kitui – first
European to see Mt. Kenya.
-Construction of the railway reached Tsavo river in
1898. During the construction of the bridge Lions (Man
eaters of Tsavo) terrorized the workers, killing over
130 people before being killed by Col. Patterson.
-During the World War I (1914-1918) British forces
built fortresses along Tsavo river to counter threats
from invading German forces from Tanganyika (present
Tanzania) – whose intention was to blow up the Tsavo
river bridge that was vital to British Communication.
-Captain Lugards a European explorer passed through
the area on his way to Uganda and had a drop over at
the Lugards Falls area.
Tsavo East is a very popular Park as is indicated by
the high number of tourists. Some of the attractive
scenic features include:
-Large herds of elephants and other wildlife.
-It is easily accessible by road, air (light aircraft)
-The Park is a “catchments” for coast resorts’
-Popular legend of Tsavo “The Man-eaters of Tsavo”.
-Yatta plateau – It is about 290Km long and is one of
the worlds 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 the river to view the rapids.
-Mudanda rock – This is a long rock outcrop that is
about 1.6Km long. There is a dam at the base. -Animals
can be seen drinking. Visitors can walk along the rock
and enjoy a cool breeze as well as view wildlife at
-Aruba Dam - was built in 1952 across the Voi river.
The dam attracts many animals and water birds can be
seen at this dam.
-Tsavo/Athi rivers confluence – when the two rivers
join they form the Galana river.
-Elephants, Rhinos, Hirola (Hunters Hartebeest).
How to get to Tsavo East
-From Nairobi via Voi through the Voi gate or Manyani
-Similarly, from Mombasa via Bachuma gate.
-From Malindi, via Sala gate. This road was recently
graded and is attracting many visitors from North
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.
The Park opens at 6.30 a.m. and closes at 6.30 p.m.
Accommodation facilities at
Tsavo East has got one lodge, several tented camps and
- Voi Safari Lodge,
Ngutuni Lodge, Voi Wildlife Lodge, Galdessa Camp,
Epiya Chapeyu Camp, Tsavo Safari Camp (Cottars), Satao
Camp, Sobo and Patterson Safari Camp
Ndololo, Kandri, Main gate campsites. All these
campsites have no facilities. Visitors bring their own
-Walking Safaris along the Galana.
-Tourist guidance while in Tsavo
- The weather in Tsavo
is pleasant most of the year. There are two rain
seasons. The long rains generally come in March – May
and the short rains from October – December.
Special Instructions To
- -It is forbidden to
travel in an open vehicle while in the Park.
-Stay in your vehicle all the time. Get out only at
-Off road driving is not allowed. View the wildlife
from a distance with binoculars.
-Off road driving destroys vegetation, might kill
wildlife and could interfere with the daily routine of
animals. The tracks formed become an eyesore.
-Animals have a right of way. Do not harass them or
make loud sounds – this might scare then and make them
nervous. Patience pays!
-Remember not to litter.
-Remember not take away anything, but photographs and
leave nothing behind but footprints.
Source: Kenya Wildlife Service.
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