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Tsavo East National Park
red elephant in tsavo east
red elephant (Picture: Michael Nikolai)
Located 333 km from Nairobi, the Tsavo East National Park is one of the largest national parks in Kenya. It covers an area of about 11,747 square kilometers. The park contains some fantastic terrain, including rivers, lakes, tarns, glaciers, and peaks with a wide variety of vegetation, including grasslands, acacia vegetation, open plains and savanna. It is therefore recognized as one of the world's leading bio-diversity strongholds.

The park is also one of Kenya's oldest national parks - it was opened in April 1948. Covering an area of about 40% of all land covered by Kenyan National Parks, this park is a popular safari destination, especially due to easy accessibility from the coast.

leopad by night (Picture: Michael Nikolai)
leopad by night (Picture: Michael Nikolai)
Camel safaris are a unique feature of the park. Spectacular views are yet another reason why groups of photographers frequent the park. Visitors can stay at different types of accommodation offered. There are also 16 airstrips in the area.

Some of the popular destinations within the park include the Mudanda Rock and the Yatta Plateau, which is the world's largest lava flow. Luggard's Falls on the Galana River include shapely water-worn rocks. Visitors can view a variety of animals at the park, including elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, crocodile, waterbuck, kudu, gerenuk, zebra and Aruba Hunter's hartebeest. They can try to observe the large herds of elephants after their dust baths - they glow red as they blow the red dust through the trunks. There are also about 500 species of birds, including the ostrich, and migratory birds like kestrels and buzzards.