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|TSAVO EAST INTRODUCTION :|
Tsavo East National Park, covering an area of about 11,747 sq. km, is a vast, flat, monotonous and semi-arid area lying equidistant between Nairobi and Mombasa and located at the northern side of the main Mombasa-Nairobi highway, opposite to Tsavo West National Park.
Despite the fact that mountains are absent in the park and that the area is less attractive than Tsavo West, Tsavo East is still one of the last remaining of wilderness and biodiversity strongholds on Earth and it worth a visit.
The northern part (above Galana river) is usually closed to the public and most interesting places are all located on the southern part of the park.
The park is a must for professional photographers for its landscapes, its lighting and is famous for its large herds of big mammals (such as elephants, buffalos and lions).
|How to get there :|
From Nairobi, take the Mombasa Highway (A109) direction Voi/Mombasa and enter at Mtito Andei gate, Voi gate or Manyani gate.
Similarly, from Mombasa, take direction Voi/Nairobi and enter at Bachuma gate, Voi gate or Manyani gate.
From Malindi, take the western road (C103) and enter in the park via Sala gate.
Distance Nairobi-Mtito Andei : 233 km - Mtito Andei-Voi : 96 km - Voi-Mombasa : 153 km.
|TSAVO EAST NATIONAL PARK :|
The Yatta plateau, flat topped lava ridge, runs along the western boundary of the park and the Mudanda rock is a natural pond where hundreds of elephants usually come to drink and take dust baths.
This vast dry area, soaked by many seasonal rivers, has only two permanent rivers. The Galana river, merge of the Athi and Tsavo rivers, is the principal river of the park and both the Lugard's falls and the Crocodile point worth a visit. The Voi river is an enchanting forest gallery rich in wildlife and the Kanderi swamps and the Aruba dam are attracting many animals.
Tsavo East is a true wilderness and devastatingly beautiful and commitment from park authorities to preserve and manage this last piece of the wildlife begin to take fruit as the quantities of black rhinoceros and elephants, all decimated by the poachers in the last 20 years, increase in numbersÖ
The park has also an important history : first, for its cruel "Man-Eaters of Tsavo" story and secondly, for being a major battle field in WWI where British and German troops battled for territory.
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Altitude : 150 - 1,200 m (492 - 3,937 ft.)|
Area : 11,747 km²
Localisation : 333 km East from Nairobi - District of Taita (Coast Province)
Entrances : The park has four main entrances (Manyani, Voi, Mtito Andei and Sala gates) and two secondary entrances (Buchuma and Ithumba gates) and 19 airstrips.
Open : Daily from 6.00 am to 7.00 pm. No entry is allowed on foot and visitors will not be allowed in the park after 6.15 pm.
Historic : Opened in April 1948. Drought in the 60s. Poaching in the 70s and 80s. Conservation management in the 90s.
The Warden : The Warden, Tsavo East National Park. P.O. Box 14, Voi - Kenya.
Tel: +254 (0)43-30049 - Email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
o Yatta Plateau - one the world's largest and longest lava flow (300 km long).
o Lugards Falls/Galana River - Easy access to the rapids and possibility to spot majestic landscapes along the river.
o Mudanda Rock is an outcrop rock of 1.6 km long with a large dam at its base. There is possibility to walk at the top of the rock, enjoy the cool breeze and watch wildlife drinking in the dam.
o Aruba Dam - built in 1952 across the Voi river, this dam attracts many bird species and migratory species.
o Large herd of red elephants, black rhinoceros, crocodiles and ostriches.
o Camel safaris and river fishing.
|WILDLIFE/VEGETATION --> Just click on the name to see snapshots and a fact sheet of the animal...|
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|Bushbuck - Dik-dik (Guentherís) - Dik-dik (Kirk's) - Duiker (Blue) - Duiker (Common) - Eland - Gazelle (Grantís) - Gerenuk - Hartebeest (Coke's) - Hartebeest (Hunterís) - Impala - Klipspringer - Kudu (lesser) - Oryx (Fringe-eared) - Steinbok - Suni - Waterbuck (Common) -|
|Other ungulates and mammals :|
|Buffalo (Cape) - Elephant (African Bush) - Giraffe (Maasai) - Hippopotamus - Hyrax (Bruceís) - Hyrax (Eastern Tree) - Hyrax (Rock) - Hyrax (Southern Tree) - Rhinoceros (Black) - Warthog (Common) - Warthog (Desert) - Zebra (Common) - Zebra (Grevyís) -|
|Aardwolf - Caracal - Cat (African Wild) - Cheetah - Civet (African palm-) - Civet (African) - Dog (Hunting) - Fox (Bat-eared) - Genet (Large-spotted) - Genet (Small-spotted) - Hyena (Spotted) - Hyena (Striped) - Jackal (Black-backed) - Jackal (Common) - Jackal (Side-striped) - Leopard - Lion - Mongoose (Banded) - Mongoose (Bushy-tailed) - Mongoose (Dwarf) - Mongoose (Grey) - Mongoose (Marsh) - Mongoose (Slender) - Mongoose (White-tailed) - Otter (Clawless) - Ratel - Serval - Zorilla -|
|Baboon (Savannah) - Bushbaby (Lesser) - Galago (Large-eared greater) - Galago (Small-eared greater) - Monkey (Blue/Sykes/Diademed) - Monkey (Green Vervet) -|
|Others (rabbits, hares, insectivores) :|
|Aardvak - Pangolin (Temminckís ground) - Hare (Cape) - Hare (Spring) - Porcupine (Crested) -|
|The open plains of the park are bushed grassland alternating with semi-arid acacia scrub and narrow woodland dominated by acacia. The vegetation is generally denser in the west where rainfall is higher than in the eastern side. There are also belts of riverine vegetation, along the permanent and seasonal water points and rivers, which caracterised by narrow fringe of woodland and thicket dominated by Acacia elatior, doum palm (Hyphaene compressa) and dry shrub (Suaeda monoica). Common shrubs here include species of Premna, bauhinia and sericocomopsis and scattered trees such as Delonix elata and Melia volkensii. Around the Yatta plateau, there is dense bushland with strands of baobab (Adansonia digitata). Finally, during the 1960's, the impact of fire and large elephants on vegetation was dramatic as 45,000 elephants converted 16,000 sq. km of dense Comniphora into grassland.|
|Smartcard is needed to enter.
Smarcards can be obtained and loaded at Voi gate.
ENTRANCE FEES/DAY :
Source : K.W.S. park tariffs
Adult resident - 500 Kshs
Children resident - 200 Kshs
Adult non resident - 23 US
Children non resident - 10 US
VEHICLE FEES/DAY :
Less than 6 seat - 200 Kshs
6 to 12 seats - 500 Kshs
Temperature ranging from 20-40 oC, rainfall from 200mm-700mm per annum (the long rains fall between March and May and the short rains between October and December).
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