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Theatre of the Wild

From tangles of dense undergrowth of the semi-arid desert, dust red elephants leisurely take charge of the vast park. The sight of dust-red elephant wallowing, rolling and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River is one of the most evocative images in Africa.

This, along with the 300km long Yatta Plateau, the longest lava flow in the world, make for an adventure unlike any other in the Tsavo East. You will find a vast and untapped arena of arid bush which is washed by the azure and emerald meanderings of the Galana River.

The park forms the largest protected area in Kenya and is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust –red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, hyena, hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, lesser Kudu, gerenuk and hirola. The park is also an ornithological paradise that attracts migrating birds from all over the world. The prolific bird life features 500 recorded species.

Attractions & Activities

Best described as elephants in Eden, and without a care in the wild world, the massive and mighty mammals wallow, roll and spray each other with the midnight blue waters of the palm-shaded Galana River. This must be one of the most evocative images of Africa.

The beautiful Aruba dam located to the north bank of the seasonal Voi River is visited by thousands of animals in the park and makes a great game viewing destination.

Mudanda rock is a whale-backed rock that towers above a natural dam. This rock formation runs for over 1.5km and it attracts elephants in the dry season and is a reminiscent of Australia’s Uluru (Ayers Rock), albeit on a much smaller scale. Leopards and elephants are among the wildlife to watch out for here. The waterhole underneath the rock attracts several other wildlife species.

Lugard’s Falls named after Captain Lugard, the first proconsul to East Africa, the falls feature a bizarrely eroded rock neck through which the waters of Galana River plunge into foaming rapids and crocodile infested pools.

A spectacular voyage of discovery, Tsavo East National Park offers some of the most magnificent game drives in the world – vast herds of dust-red elephants, fat pods of hippos, giant crocodiles and a kaleidoscope of bird life are set against a blazing backdrop of endless bush.

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Stay in the Wild. Explore. Create memories

There’s no KWS self-catering accommodation provided but visitors can experience a night out under the cover of a starry sky in the campsites provided.

Public Campsite:
• Ndololo

For this category standard amenities are provided; water, toilet/bathroom and kitchen area. Public campsites do not require prior booking.

Special Campsites:
• Makoka
• Roka

• Luggards
• Epiya Chepeyo
• Mbololo
• Durusikale
• Thabagunji

For this category, only camping grounds are provided. The visitor has to reserve the special campsite well in advance for exclusive use. Visitors have to bring with them personal effects, drinking water, and source of fire and kitchen utensils.

*Reservation of special campsites should be done through the park warden or through KWS headquarters reservations desk;
*Prevailing camping rates apply per person per day for both special and public campsites including other park charges.

What to take with you
Also important are; Camera, binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellant, first aid kit, sunglasses and reserve car fuel if intending to be in the park longer, drinking water, food, camping equipment if intending to camp.

Special Services

Security/Guided tour per guide
• KES 1,720 – up to 4 hours
• KES 3,015 – Over 4 hours

Vehicle Charges per day
• Less than 6 seats - KES 300
• 6-12 seats - KES 1,030
• 13-24 seats - KES 2,585
• 25-44 seats - KES 4,050
• 45 seats and above - KES 5,000

How to get there

By Road: Bachuma gate 110kms, Voi -156km and Manyani gates -191km from Mombasa all located along the Mombasa – Nairobi highway.
Mtito Andei Gate is located 233 km South of Nairobi and 250 km North of Mombasa on the main Nairobi- Mombasa Road. From Malindi, take the western tarmac road (C103) and access the park via Sala gate.

By Air: Main Airstrips; Voi and Ithumba. Others airstrips include; Aruba, Satao, Sala, Sangayaya, Thabagunji, Luggards and Bachuma.

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