Together Tsavo East and Tsavo West form one of the largest conservation areas on the planet. Tsavo East is known for its impressive Elephants and the legend of the Maneaters of Tsavo.Tsavo East is one of the largest game reserves in Africa, situated mid-way between Nairobi and Mombasa. The Galana River passes through the Park and this provides life giving waters in this arid region. It is home to some of the largest Elephant herds in Kenya.
Tsavo East National Park is 333km south-east of Nairobi, and 173km north-west of Mombasa. Its relative closeness to the beaches and tourist attractions around Malindi and Mombasa make it an ideal one-day wildlife safari destination for those who do not want to stay overnight. Lugard's Falls is a series of rapids on the Galana River where crocodiles love to bathe. Yatta Plateau is the world's longest lava flow at 290km long. Mudanda Rock is a 1.6km outcrop of rock, with a dam at its base. This is a popular drinking place for animals.
Aruba Dam also attracts animals and birds looking for a place to drink. Walking safaris are offered by several guides along the Galana River. Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary is saving the black rhino from extinction due to hunting by poachers. Bird watching is best between October and January, with many migratory birds including: African skimmers, red and yellow bishops, goshawks, buffalo weavers and palm nut vultures, to name but a few. Over 500 bird species have been recorded in the park, including ostriches, kestrels, buzzards, starlings, weaverbirds, kingfishers, hornbills, secretary birds and herons