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Tsavo East & West


The largest park in Kenya’s south-east with a total area of ​​21 000 km2. Founded shortly after World War 2, by rail and road link between Mombasa and Nairobi is divided into East and West. The altitude varies from 230 m to 2170 m, where the eastern part is shallower than the western part. The Chyulu hills in the north west of Tsavo West until 1983 were connected to the national park.

Landscape Tsavo East:

By Tiva and Galana rivers into three sections, with the area north of the Tiva is considered a refuge for animals and is not accessible. Characteristic in Tsavo East is the endless, dry-covered bush width and the dark red, iron-rich soil.

Landscape Tsavo West:

Varied with rugged mountains, rocky Lavagürteln, rolling savannah and dense gallery forests along the Tsavo River. South of the river hardly undeveloped savannas to the border with Tanzania.


Zebras, antelopes, gazelles, Gerenuks, Small kudu, wildebeest, colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, hippos and crocodiles, lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, jackals, and the famous “red” Tsavo elephants pull the powdered by the last Staubbad red from waterhole to waterhole . With over 1000 species, a paradise for bird lovers.

Special Tsavo East:

Aruba Dam, a man-made water body that Lugard cases with massive granite boulders and the Crocodile Point, a spectacular vantage point on a 100 m below natural pool in the Galana river.

Special Tsavo West:

The Mzima Springs, from these sources bubbling crystal clear, fresh water and supplies drinking water to Mombasa. The Shaitani-reminiscent of a moonscape lava fields and the Roaring Rocks, bare rock fall hundreds of meters steep.

Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East National Park has an area of ​​11747 km2 and is the largest national park in Kenya. Along with its slightly smaller brother to the Tsavo West National Park is only an area 21 000 km2. This is about half the size of the Netherlands. The two parks are measured from the rail and road link Mombasa – Nairobi divided into two halves, each with its own management and separate entrances.
The attraction of Tsavo East are his “red elephants” that look from a distance like hiking, Red Rock. Their camouflage is quickly debunked: The pachyderm spray in with the iron-containing red earth to protect yourself from the sun and insects. The intense red of the sandy soil, leaving traces everywhere and causes unusual images.
Black and tan striped zebras, lions with red-gold mane, and pile up on the roadside giant red buildings, the castles of the termites. Tsavo East is divided by the two rivers Tiva and Galana into three sections. The upper, northern part, where the Mwingi National Reserve is followed, not very touristy and is developed as a refuge for wildlife. The middle part, north of the Galana – river, also has long been considered a refuge, but more and more developed. Along the Tsavo River and south of it is the infrastructure and most scenic part of the conservation area. In addition to numerous species of wildlife more than 500 different bird species have been recorded in the park.

Tsavo West National Park

The Tsavo National Park in southeastern Kenya is half as large as the Netherlands, the largest national park in the country with 21 000 km2, an area. He is of the rail and road link Mombasa – Nairobi divided into two halves, the Tsavo East and Tsavo West, each with its own management and separate entrances.
One of the first who reported on the wildlife in Tsavo was a missionary. He wrote in 1849 in his diary “A place full of wild animals, such as rhinos, buffalos and elephants.” Later in 1900 we heard of the “man-eaters of Tsavo”, big lion who repeatedly attacked people during the construction of the railway line to Uganda. The lions are on display in Nairobi Railway Museum. The story was picked up by Hollywood producers and as the movie “The Ghost and the Darkness” was born. In World War 1 the British and the Germans fought in the Tsavo area for supremacy in East Africa.
Tsavo West is bounded on the north-west of rocky thorn bush savannah and the foothills of Shaitani-lava field in the south of the Tanzanian border and the south east of the Taita Hills. It has an area of ​​9065 km2, which is significantly smaller than the Tsavo East.
Landscape of Tsavo West is more diverse than its eastern neighbor, because he is crossed by rugged mountains and rocky Lavagürteln in the north, hilly savanna landscape in the middle part and dense gallery forests along the rivers. The year-round water leading Tsavo River crosses the park in the upper third. South of the river close to the touristy hardly tapped Little Serengeti Plains, and in the lower third of the Tanzanian border is Lake Jipe.
Of approximately 40 km2, slightly salty lake is already one of Tanzania, but his overgrown with reeds shore, where thousands of birds nest is accessible only from Kenyan side. Another attraction in Tsavo West National Park, the Mzima Springs. In crystal clear spring ponds to hippos, crocodiles and cavort cichlids. Through the windows of an underwater – observation station can observe this activity. In addition, all other animals of the near and far to Mzima Springs come to quench their thirst whatsoever.

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