Tsavo East National Park is located in southeastern Kenya and a little northwest of the sister Tsavo West National Park. The national park encompasses an area of 5,308 square miles (13,747 sq km).
The Tsavo River flows easterly through the park and serves as the park’s namesake. Along with Tsavo West National Park, Tsavo East borders Chyulu Hills National Park.
The national park is comprised of grasslands and savanna and riverbeds created by the Tsavo and Athi rivers which combine into the Galana River. Collectively, they create one of the richest biodiverse areas of Africa with an abundance of wildlife.
The Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo) are all accounted for. There are approximately 675 lions across the surrounding ecosystem. Predators species include lion, caracal, African wildcat, cheetah, bat-eared fox, hyena, jackal, leopard, mongoose, and of course the lion.
Other wildlife species include aardwolf, baboon, buffalo, bushbuck, dik-dik, duiker, eland, elephant, gazelle, genet, giraffe, hartebeest, hyrax, impala, klipspringer, kudu, oryx, porcupine, warthog, waterbuck, zebra and many smaller species.
Birdwatchers also have plenty to be excited for with over 500 species of birds found within Tsavo national park. Ostrich are the largest however they are accompanied by kingfisher, hornbills, herons, starlings, weavers, buzzards, kestrels, among others.
Wildlife is not the only draw into Tsavo East. Visitors can also look forward to seeing Lugard Falls which a collection of rapids is cascading over some rough terrain. Additionally, here is the Yatta Plateau which delivers the longest lava flow in the world.
Mudanda Rock is a scenic lookout which provides great views of elephant and other animals that come to drink water during the dry season.
Tsavo East Highlights
- Mudanda Rock
- Yatta Plateau
- Lugard Falls
- Aruba Dam with game viewing and birdwatching
The lookout from Mudanda Rock is certainly a highlight for wildlife viewing. However, without question, the abundant and diverse wildlife is the highlight of the national park.
Trails of Tsavo East National Park
Tsavo East is a wilderness area rich in diverse and abundant wildlife. There are no trails for hiking in the national park.
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