This “Theater of the Wild” was officially opened in April 1948, making it one of the oldest conservancies in Africa, and spreading out over 13,747 square kilometers, it’s also one of the largest.
With breathtaking views and an amazing array of wild animals and bird life, Tsavo East is also the most accessible premium park from our home in Diani and thus a favorite destination for our Beach & Bush daily safaris.
The sight of dust-red elephant wallowing, rolling and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River is one of the most evocative images in Africa. This, along with the 300 kilometer long Yatta Plateau, the longest lava flow in the world, make for an adventure unlike any other in the Tsavo East. The park forms the largest protected area in Kenya and is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust –red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, lesser Kudu, gerenuk and the prolific bird life features 500 recorded species.
The Athi and Tsavo rivers join here to form the Galana River which then flows all the way to the Indian Ocean. Most of the park consists of semi-arid grasslands and savanna and is considered one of the world’s biodiversity strongholds and home to the famous ‘big five animals’ consisting of Lion, Rhino, Cape buffalo, Elephant and Leopard. The park’s large variety of bird life include the black kite, crowned crane, lovebird and the sacred ibis.