The East section of the park contains open grasslands, while the western section is more mountainous, contains some swamps and is the more visited region due to its spectacular scenery and ease of access from the coast.
Tsavo West also has over 2,000 km of well-maintained roads allowing you to cover longer distances and see plenty of the sights and landscapes on offer. There are the Mzima Springs, fed with over 20,000,000 litres of fresh water every day from the Chyulu Hills. As you would imagine with so much water, it is a popular spot for Hippos and crocodiles, the later because of the thousands of animals that come to drink there. Surrounded by thick acacia it is also a wonderful area for birdlife. And for larger animals, there are lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena.
In the East, attractions include the Yatta Plateau, the world's longest lava flow and the Lugard Falls, a series of rapids on the Galana River. Because of its size it is a good park for conservation projects, with both a Rhino and Elephant project set up by the Sheldrick Trust, who we support via the Real Africa Trust. Tsavo East used to be home to 8,000 black rhino but they were wiped out completely in the 70s and 80s due to uncontrolled poaching. The Trust's orphan "Amboseli", born in 1987 and orphaned when 6 months old, and the last remaining rhino from the once famous population of Amboseli National Park, renowned for horn length, was one of the first to be free released back into Tsavo East National Park, and has since had two calves. The Trust also has elephant stockades around Voi and Ithumba (in the north of the park) and has funded four boreholes to improve water supply in Tsavo East for the rehabilitated elephants and rhino.
Accommodation is fairly limited in Tsavo - most of our guests tend to stay at Satao Camp or Kilaguni Serena.
A short, good value drive-in safari visiting the scenic parks of Amboseli and Tsavo, famous for large herds of elephants before a stay on the Indian Ocean in a lovely beach resort