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Tsavo East National Park is located in Southeastern Kenya. Tsavo East's semi-arid grasslands and savannahs are renowned strongholds for vas amounts of wildlife.

The park is known for its open plains that are teeming with large numbers of wildlife. Tsavo East is home to big herds of animals such as elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, hippos, lions, leopards as well as more than 500 different species of birds.

The Athi and Tsavo rivers converge in Tsavo East National Park to form the Galana river which flows through the dry plains - thus attracting big numbers of animals on a regular basis.


On your visit to Kenya's Tsavo East National Park, you can enjoy any of these activities

  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Bird watching
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Photography
  • Visiting Waterfalls
  • Rock climbing

When To Visit

The best time to visit Tsavo East National Park in Kenya is in the dry months between June and October as well as January to early March. This is when the animals are congregated near the water sources in big numbers.

You can still visit Tsavo East National park in the wet seasons of the year for birding, photography, and very few crowds.

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Getting There

Getting to Tsavo East National Park is very straightforward and easy. You can access it either from Nairobi or Mombasa using a car, train or a domestic flight.

Tsavo East is about 230 kilometres south of Nairobi and 250 kilometres north of Mombasa and a drive of 4 hours on the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway will have you in Tsavo East. 

You can also take the train from either Nairobi or Mombasa and stop at Voi where you can proceed to Tsavo East National Park.

Alternatively, you can take a domestic flight to any of the many airstrips in Tsavo East National Park. You can fly directly from Mombasa or Nairobi or connect to other places in Kenya such as Masai Mara.

Where To Stay

Tsavo East National park has many accommodation options to match the budget and preferences of tourists. Since the wet season months see fewer visitors than the dry season, some places do close and you should book ahead of time with this in mind.

Tsavo West National Park is just nearby and the lodges and camps there can also be included among the options available for Tsavo East. This is especially good for people who are visiting both parks, and don't have to change accommodation.