Tsavo East National Park

Tsavo East National Park is located or touches four counties namely; Kitui, Makueni, Tana River, and Taita Taveta Counties. It is under the management of Kenya Wildlife Service.

It is one of the oldest and largest national parks in Kenya. It occupies a surface area of 13,747 km2. The park borders its sister national park, Tsavo West National Park and they are separated by the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway and Standard Gauge Railway.

Tsavo East National Park ecosystem consists of semi-arid grasslands and savannah.

Inside the park, Athi and Tsavo rivers converge to form the Galana River. Galana River also known as the Sabaki River is the second-longest river in Kenya after Tana River. Other features include the Lugard Falls and Yatta Plateau.

This Park is unique in its own ways. You will find lava flows, springs, man-eaters, and stunning sunsets.

Tsavo East National Park Attractions

  • A wide variety of wildlife including the big five
  • Archaeological sites, Early Stone Age and Middle Stone Age
  • Yatta Plateau, the world’s longest lava flow
  • Flat wilderness made up of grassland Savannah though some part of it is mountainous a little
  • Lugard Falls,  a series of white water rapids on the Galana/Sabaki River
  • Beautiful rivers, Athi and Tsavo rivers which merge to form Galana River, the second-longest river in Kenya after Tana River
  • Aruba dam, built across Voi River and attracts a big number of animals and birds
  • Mudanda Rock, inselberg of stratified rock which is a water catchment that supplies a natural; dam below

Tsavo East National Park Animals/Wildlife


The park famous for its wide variety of wildlife which includes; the Cape buffalo, Elephant, Hippo, Black rhino, Giraffe, Zebra, Mongoose, Lesser Kudu, Dik-Dik, Hyrax, Nocturnal Porcupine, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah, Wild dogs, Baboon, Eland, hartebeest, Duiker, Bushbaby, Hyena, Impala,  Hare, Mongoose, Fox, Jackal , Monkey, Serval, Squirrel, Suni, Warthog, Waterbuck, Caracal, Gazelle, Otter, Oryx, Gerenuk, Klipspringer, Civet, Crocodile and many others

Birdlife is abundant here- over 600 species on record and include; the crowned crane, sacred ibis, black kite, starling, weaver bird, secretary bird, heron, buzzard, kestrel, kingfisher, and the lovebird.

Tsavo East Weather & Climate

The park climate is warm and dry.

This area has two rainy seasons. The long rains experienced between March and April and short rains between November and December.

Temperatures are about 25°C on average.

When to Visit

You can visit Tsavo East National Park all year round avoiding rainfall peak months-April and November-when trails are not dependable.

Things to do in Tsavo East National Park

You can participate in

  • Bird watching
  • Game viewing
  • Trekking or picnics
  • Camping

Travel Tips

Don’t forget to carry your sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and drinking water. It is hot here and you will be facing direct sunlight. If you will be camping, please carry camping equipment and picnic items.

To make this wildlife safari memorable put your camera and binoculars in the bag.

How to get here

By Road

Mtito Andei Gate is 233 km from Nairobi and 250 km from Mombasa on the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway. Mtito Andei Gate is 96 km from Voi. If coming from Malindi, you enter the park through the Sala Gate.

By Air

Airstrips Aruba, Satao, Ithumba, and Cottages will do the trick.

Tsavo East National Park Entrance Fees

The park Charges are as follows;

Citizen (KES): Adult 515, Child 215
Residents (KES): Adult 1,030, Child 515
Non-resident ($): Adult 52, Child 35

Payment methods include the use of M-Pesa, VISA card, or direct bank deposit to Kenya Wildlife Services.

Park Contacts

Reservations Mobile No: +254 726 610533
Call Center: 0800 597 000
Email Address: kws@kws.go.ke

Tsavo East National Park Accommodation

Hotels and Lodges that serve Tsavo East are located in Voi. They include;

  • Impala Safari Lodge
  • Afrika Lodges
  • Lion Hill Safari Lodge
  • The Joy Hotel
  • Adonai Resort
  • Kiboko Camp
  • Fine Breeze Hotel
  • Silent Guest Resort
  • Coast Safari Lodge
  • Maghonyi Hotel Ltd

Have a great wildlife visit!

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