YATTA PLATEAU IN TSAVO NATIONAL PARK
Yatta Plateau in Tsavo National park : Tsavo national park is among the most famous national parks not only in Kenya but entire East Africa, the park is great tourist attraction that is found in the coastal province. Tsavo National park is the largest national park in Kenya, it was established in 1948 in April. The park was named after the great Tsavo River that crosses the park from East to West. The Tsavo National Park was later dived into two, that is Tsavo West National and Tsavo East National park.
Tsavo East National Park.
Tsavo East National park is one of the very old national parks in the Kenya country and it covers 11747 sqkm, the park is situated in Taita District in a tiny town known as Voi it is neighbored by other major game reserve such as Mkomazi Game Reserve found in Tanzania as well as Chyulu Hills. The park also has a number of entrance gates found around the park such as the Sala Gate found in Malindi, Bachumma gate found in Mombasa as well as Manyani Gate found in Voi. Yatta plateau is found near the north western border of Tsavo East National Park.
Yatta plateau sits near the north western border of Tsavo East National Park the Athi River, with several tented camps, campsites and lodges on it that also offers spectacular views of Tsavo. Yatta plateau has a cover of dense bushland, with stands of Baobab (Adansonia digitate), there are scattered seasonal pools, swamps and dams, but relatively few sources of permanent water. The vegetation is generally denser in the west where rainfall is around 450 mm per day, than the driest east, which may receive only around 250mm.
Yatta plateau was formed from the water point called the Aruba Dam and it was constructed in 1952 across River Voi.
Yatta Plateau is one of the most important attraction in Tsavo East National Park and must visit feature while on a Kenya safari in the park, Yatta plateau is the world’s longest lava flow of 290 kilometres formed as a result of lava that formed the Ol Doinyo Sabuk Mountain during the eruption process, Yatta plateau runs along the western border of the Tsavo East National Park above Athi River.
Yatta Plateau is one of the fascinating features in Tsavo East National Park which is the longest lava flow in the world, the plateau was formed by lava from the Ol Doinyo Sabuk Mountain during its eruption process, Yatta plateau is of 290 kilometres running along the western boundary of the park above the magnificent Athi River and River Tiva, the Tiva characterized with plain wide and shallow valleys which creates a beautiful scenery in the park.
The Yatta Plateau has features like the huge of flat thorn bush, then the western part of the plateau with the volcanic mountains, hills and huge out cropping which also provides the magnificent views. However, In Yatta Plateau there are various activities that can be done in the plateau such as the game drives around and on it, walking safaris, camping, bird watching, lodging, air safaris.
Therefore, due to the fact that The expansive Yatta Plateau is a fascinating formation created from molten rock known as the Ol Doinya Sabuk Mountain, seek out Mudanda Rock, rugged rocky outcrop that sprawls 1.6 kilometres (almost amile) along the plains. Pristine water hole at this splendid geological structure bustles with wildlife slaking their thirst. Mzima springs is magnificent body of water teeming with animals. Here, rumpled elephants stand guard at the shoreline, slumbering hippos bob gently in the water, wily crocodiles drift past surreptitiously and zebra and giraffe tread a network of paths in the mud, also monkeys swing and play in the broad acacias and colourful birds chatter and tweet from towering raffia palms.
The Yatta plateau is bestly visited during the dry months in the year which is the super perfect time to visit the Yatta plateau and these months include July and February every year.
Climate in Yatta Plateau In Tsavo East National Park.
The Yatta plateau receives a warm steppe climate prevails in the area. The average annual temperature in the neighbourhood is 240 C. The warmest month is October, when the average temperature is 260C, and the coldest is November with 220C.The average annual rainfall in the area is 685 millimeters. The rainiest month is November, with an average of 189 mm of precipitation, and the driest is July, with 1 mm of rainfall.
How to get to Yatta plateau from Nairobi.
Yatta plateau can be accessed by both roads at times rail or flight transport.
By Road Transport.
The distance between Nairobi to Yatta plateau is 106 km by road, though there are other options of finding the Yatta plateau from Nairobi using other travel options like bus, subway, tram, train and rail. This takes you 7 hr 28 minutes(409.0km) through the Mombasa Road/A109.
By Flight /Air Transport.
From Nairobi to Yatta Plateau it takes 1hr and 25 min. From the Nairobi city, you can connect with the charter flights in Jomo Kenyatta international airport and Moi international airport which brings you inside the park and you get to the Yatta Plateau the various airstrips in the park includes the Voi airstrip, Ithumba airstrip, Catter airstrip and among others.