Attractions in Tsavo East National Park
Attractions in Tsavo East National Park: Tsavo East national park is one of the most iconic Kenya wildlife destinations in Kenya situated in the Taita-Taveta County of Kenya near Voi Town and lies approximately 173 kilometers northwest of Mombasa. Tsavo East national park established in 1948 and covering an area of 1374 square kilometers is one of the largest and oldest national parks in Kenya, this park is part of the great Tsavo national parks together with Tsavo West national park and they are separated by a railway line.
Tsavo East National Park is listed among the must visit destinations while on a Kenya wildlife safari, the park is composed of a number tourist attractions which are a highlight to your visit to Tsavo East national park. Tourist attractions in Tsavo East national park include
Mudanda rock in Tsavo East National park is an inselberg of stratified rock of 1.6 kilometers, this rock is a water catchment spot supplying water to the natural dam situated below it and a watering area where animals come to drink water most especially in the dry season. Mudanda rock is also an excellent viewing point in the park used by many tourists to view animals in the park such as elephants, wildebeest, buffaloes anymore which come to drink water.
Yatta plateau is one of the fascinating attractions in Tsavo East national park and a must visit feature while on a Kenya safari in the park, Yatta plateau is the world’s longest lava flow of 290 kilometers formed as a result of lava that formed the OlDoinyoSabuj Mountain during the eruption process. Yatta plateau runs along the western border of Tsavo East national park above Athi river.
One of the fascinating features in Tsavo East National park is Yatta plateau which is the longest lava flow in the world, the plateau was formed by lava from the OlDoinyoSabuk Mountain during its eruption process. Yatta plateau is of 290 kilometers running along the western boundary of the park above the magnificent Athi river.
Lugard falls is one of the spectacular features found in Tsavo East national park and a thrilling feature to visit on a Kenya walking safari in the park, Lugard falls features a series of white water rapids and is formed in the Galana river. Lugard falls is named after a British explorer and colonial administrator by the names of Fredrick Lugard who arrived in Mombasa early in 18888.
Galana and Tsavo River
The landscape of Tsavo East national park is crossed by two rivers of Galana river and Tsavo river, these two rivers are some of the main water sources feeding the park and its ecology. Tsavo River runs through the 2 Tsavo national parks that is Tsavo East national park and Tsavo West national park on its way to joining Athi river to form Galana river. Galana river has its origins in the south eastern Kenya highlands and on its way it to the Indian ocean where it pours its water it flows through Tsavo East national park. Galana river is infested with crocodiles which are mesmerizing to watch while on a Kenya wildlife viewing safaris in Tsavo East national park.
Kanderi swamp is one of the water sources feeding the ecosystem of Tsavo East national park and it is one of the spectacular tourist attractions in the park, Kanderi swamp lies along the Voi River and as water source the river attracts a huge number of animals. Kanderi swamp is a great site for Kenya wildlife viewing safaris and while on a game drive you get to enjoy viewing many animals such as elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, hartebeests among others.
Aruba dam is a water reservoir in Tsavo East national park built in 1952 along Voi River, Aruba dam is one of the excellent Kenya wildlife viewing spots in Tsavo national park. Aruba dam attracts thousands of animals of Tsavo national park most especially in the dry season, these animals crowd the dam so as to drink water. There are also a variety of birds which living around the dam.
Kenya wildlife safaris are the highlight activities offered in the country and Tsavo East national park sis one of the best wildlife destinations in Kenya, Tsavo national park hosts a recorded number of 675 wildlife individuals with a huge population of lions which the park is famous for. Wildlife species found in Tsavo East national park include mammals and primates,
Mammals found in Tsavo East national park include elephants, leopards, cheetah, buffalos, black rhinos, gazelle, impala, aardwolf, Grevy’s and plain’s zebra, warthog, waterbucks, warthogs, civet, dik-dik, caracal, African wildcat, African hunting dog, duikers that is, eland, African dormouse, stripped and spotted hyena, tree hyrax, black-backed and side stripped jackal, lesser kadu, gazelles, small spotted genet, greater galago, bat-eared fox, African hare, species of mongoose such as banded mongoose, dwarf mongoose, Egyptian mongoose, marsh mongoose, slender mongoose and white-tailed mongooseand species of duikers such as bush duiker, red duiker and blue duiker among others.
Primates found in Tsavo East national park include Skye’s monkey and yellow baboon
The rich variety of wildlife species in Tsavo East national park offers excellent Kenya wildlife viewing safaris
If you are looking for a great bird habitat in Kenya, Tsavo East national park shouldn’t miss on top of your list, this park is recognized among the best destinations of Kenya birding safaris boosting over 500 bird species. Birds recorded to be living in Tsavo East national park include ostriches, kestrels, buzzards, starlings, weaver birds, kingfisher, hornbills, secretary birds, herons, eastern chanting- goshawk, eurocephalus, female eastern paradise, golden pipit, martial eagle, Rufous chatterer, slender-tailed nightjar, Somali bee-eater, Shelley’s starling, African finfoot, lesser kestrel and many more. These birds include resident bird species and migrant species, migrant species come from Europe and northern countries of Africa and they arrive in Tsavo East national park in the period of November to April.