Visit Tsavo East National Park for a Beautiful Kenya Wildlife Safari.
A Kenya wildlife safari to Tsavo East National Park leads you on an adventure of a lifetime in Kenya which will fascinate you given the interesting attractions you will find in Tsavo West National Park. Tsavo East National Park is found in Kenya which is located in the eastern region of the African continent along geographical co-ordinates of 02o46’43”S 38o46’18”E. Tsavo East is located in the south-east of Kenya and its bordered by Tsavo West in the west, south Kitui national reserve in the north and Samburu and Mangu areas in the south. Tsavo East National Park is part of the Tsavo Conservation Area that comprises of Chyulu hills park in the north, Kitui reserve in the south and ranches in galena. This vast expanse ecosystem spans over 42000sqkm and of this area, 25000sqkm is protected. Tsavo east national park covers an area of 13747sqkm, Tsavo east is separated from Tsavo west by A109 road and the Kenyan standard gauge railway both of which run from Mombasa to Nairobi through this conservation area.
Tsavo got its first encounter with foreigners as early as 700AD, as the early Swahili people traded with the natives in animal skins, slaves and ivory. This is evidenced by the presence of archaeological remains such as cowrie shells and beads that were documented as a medium of exchange used during this early trade. However, the first Europeans to visit Tsavo areas during the late 19th and early 20th century documented it as Nyika plains and viewed the natives as hostile but due to colonialism phase, efforts were made to access the hinterland of East Africa hence a railway line in 1898 was constructed crossing the Nyika plains. This was a daring and a mammoth test for the British colonialists who encountered a lot of challenges during this expedition to connect the interior to the coastal areas of East Africa. In the Tsavo area, the railway builders had to tussle it out with lions which stalked and hunted them as prey. History has recorded that 23 builders lost their lives to these unforgiving lions but rumour has it that the number exceeded well above 100 men. These 2 lions which had made it a habit to prey on the railway builders got nicknamed the man-eaters of Tsavo were later on hunted down and shot by lt. col. Patterson.
Conservation in Tsavo can be traced back to 1948 when Tsavo was gazetted as a national park, the designation of Tsavo led to the displacement of the native settlers of this area called the Orma and their livestock to neighbouring places such as Voi and Mtito Andei. This was followed by a ban on all forms of hunting in the newly designated Tsavo game park in 1963.
A Kenya tour to Tsavo East national park gives you a chance to take photos given its beautiful landscape that never disappoints in a photo moment. Some of the attractions you will find on your Kenya safari to Tsavo East National Park includes Africa’s big five which are the king of the jungle the lions, elephants, cape buffaloes, leopards, and the black rhinos, others inhabitants of Tsavo east include yellow baboons, bat-eared fox, African wild dog, klipspringer, spotted hyena, rock hyrax, impalas, vervet monkeys, naked mole-rat, stripped jackal, bush baby, African wildcat, cheetah, civet, dik-dik, lesser kudu, gerenuk, black-backed jackal, aardwolf. Close to over 500 bird species call this large expanse of African wilderness home and these include black-headed lapwing, eastern chanting goshawk, African finfoot, golden breasted starling, martial eagle, rufous chatterer, Shelley’s starling, Pangani longclaw, Somali ostrich, Taita falcon, golden pipit. These attractions can be found in other Kenya safari destinations such as Masai Mara National Reserve which is famous for the annual wildebeest migration in which over a million wildebeests and other animals trek all the way from the Serengeti national park crossing the dangerous Mara River which is home to many crocodiles awaiting to prey on these crossing animals, Nairobi National Park which is very close to Nairobi city hence giving a quick gateway to a short Kenya wildlife safari experience, Nakuru National Park gives you a chance to see numerous greater and lesser flamingos as they seemingly paint this shallow lake pink giving their huge numbers present here. You can also find many of the attractions here in Uganda with a Uganda safari to any of Uganda wildlife safari destinations like Queen Elizabeth National Park which is rated 36th out 50 best Africa wildlife safari destinations for a classic wildlife adventure, Murchison Falls National Park which is rated 39 out 50 best African wildlife safari destination by a world-renowned travel organization Safari Bookings. On this Uganda tour to either Queen Elizabeth or Murchison Falls National Park, you have an opportunity to do a beautiful boat cruise over the Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth Park or a boat cruise to the bottom of Murchison Falls.
Before you start to your Kenya wildlife tour to Tsavo East National Park, you have to understand that Tsavo East experiences a dry savanna climatic setting with 2 rain seasons that come in March to May and also in October to December. The rain season is characterized by afternoon showers as it rarely rains for the entire day. During this time of the year, the temperatures are hovering from a minimum of 20oC or 68oF to a maximum of 32oC or 90oF. The dry season comes in the months of June to September and also in January to late February or early March. During this time temperatures are at a minimum of 20oC or 68oF to a maximum of 30oC or 86oF.
A Kenya tour to Tsavo East National Park puts you in position to engage in activities like game drives, birding, nature hikes, photography and cultural encounter.
If you are interested in making a Uganda safari that gives a similar wildlife encounter like that in Tsavo East National Park.