Safaris and camps in Tsavo National Park

Tsavo Plains National Park

Safaris to the magnificent Tsavo Plains entail staying in exclusive camps deep in the heart of the bushveld, in either Tsavo West or Tsavo East National Parks, forming one of the largest National parks in the world. This is Kenya’s largest national park and a vast wilderness that deserves worldly recognition for its passionate dedication to biodiversity conservation – Tsavo Plains boasts an awesome contrasting topography of open grasslands and volcanic hills.

Stretching a vast 22 000 square km, Tsavo Plains is one of the oldest parks in Kenya that was split by the railway that was constructed to link Mombasa to the interior. Now, the two parks are Tsavo East National Park and Tsavo West National Park, found in Coast Province of Kenya between Nairobi City and Mombasa. 

Ever heard of the legend of the man eaters of Tsavo? Well, it was in those long-ago days of 1899, during the construction of the Nairobi-Mombasa road and railway, that two large lions actively preyed on the railroad workers, claiming over 100 victims! 

So, lions are a main attraction to visitors in this region as well as rugged landscape which is also made up of mountains as well as wooded grasslands in the west and the semiarid grasslands and savannah where wildlife species are seen in the east.

When To Visit?

Tsavo National Park is an all-year safari destination with most of the year being dry and dusty. This park in Kenya is always abundant with wildlife with different things to see at different times of the year. The park is especially beautiful after the rains as new grasses and an array of luxurious vegetation and wildflowers come to life.  

Did you know?

Mzima Springs is a series of four natural springs emerging from a natural reservoir under the Chyulu Hills to the north, in Tsavo West. Rainwater trickles through the rock and may spend 25 years underground before emerging 50 kilometres away at Mzima so this natural filtration process produces Mzima’s famously clear stream, which flows through a series of pools and rapids.


  • Rush to Tsavo to view the carnivore stronghold including the so-called man-eating lions of the park and many other predators including leopards, cheetahs, genets, hyenas, jackals, and African wild dogs.
  • Visit the amazing Ngulia Rhino sanctuary in Tsavo West at the foot of the Ngulia hill, home to a number of endangered rhinos which are kept and bred by the Kenya Wildlife Service and the African wildlife foundation. 
  • Go and watch the incredible Shetani lava flow, black folded lava which flows across the savannah as well as the amazing views in the surrounding region. Look out for the Shetani caves which were formed as a result of volcanic activity are also found near the lava flows. Shetani means ‘devil’ which according to the locals describes the time when lava was flowing from the ground and the locals believed that it was the devil himself coming out from the ground. 
  • Check out the Kanderi swamp in Tsavo East a fresh water source for the wildlife species in the national park, found near the Voi gate which is an entry gate to the national park.

Family Safaris to Tsavo Plains are Hot

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Tsavo West

Enter a completely different landscape in Tsavo West National Park – wooded savanna characterized by hills, volcanic craters, rocks and lava plains. It is much wetter than Tsavo East with swamps and the papyrus-fringed Lake Jipe in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. Extending some 9 000 square km, it is known for magnificent bird life and for splendid large mammals such as black rhino, Cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, hippo and Masai lion. Look out for smaller animals too such as the bush baby, hartebeest, lesser kudu and Maasai giraffe.

Red Elephants

Tsavo East national park is fondly known as the Theatre of the Wildand its claim to fame is its large herds of the red-dusted elephants which like rolling in the red dusty soil. They are often called the “Red Elephants” as they appear luminous red after such dust baths! At night the elephants move to the clear blue water of the Galana River, creating the most evocative images for animal lovers in Kenya and the rest of Africa. 

Come across plenty of hippo and other aquatic species in the lakes of the Valley. Watch wild animals come to feed against the steep escarpment of the gorgeous Great Rift. Experience explosive animal interactions – Black rhino, lion, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, leopard, elephant, buffalo and greater kudu can be seen mingling or grazing alone.

Tsavo East

An enormous flat area of 13 747 square km, Tsavo East National Park is situated near the Town of Voi in the Taita-Taveta District of Coast Province. Find the Galana River flowing through its dry plains where the Lugard Falls are also a wonderful feature, named after Frederick Lugard, who was the first European explorer to stand at the falls. Tsavo East also boasts the Yatta Plateau, the longest Plateau and lava flow in the world covering more than 300 km and a prime tourist attraction. 

Mudanda Rock comprises the inselberg of Mudanda, a vast 1.6 km vital water catchment area supplying all the lower dams with water. Visit the rock during the dry season, a fantastic vantage point to view hundreds of wild species drinking water from this area. Not far off is the picturesque Aruba Dam, constructed in 1952 across the Voi River in a bid to create a reservoir of water for wildlife during the dry season. 

Tsavo East National Park is considered one of the world’s biodiversity strongholds which makes it especially popular with tourists all year round who come to see the famous ‘big five’ and a great variety of

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