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Tsavo East and West Overview

Useful information about Tsavo east and west

At nearly 22,000 sq km. Tsavo is the largest national park in Kenya. It is split into Tsavo West National Park (9,000sqkm) and Tsavo East National Park (11,747 sq km) divided by the Nairobi-Mombasa road. Both parks feature some excellent scenery and vast numbers of animals. The landscape are some of the most dramatic in Kenya, animals are that bit little wilder and the parks receive comparatively few visitors compared to the Maasai Mara.

The northern half of Tsavo West is the most developed, with a number of excellent lodges and several places you can get out of your vehicle and walk. The landscape here is made of volcanic hills and sweeping expanses of savanna.

Tsavo East is more remote and provides undeveloped wilderness homes to vast numbers of animals including cheetahs, elephants, leopards, lions, rhinos and over 500 species of birds have been recorded in the area. Much action here is concentrated along the Galana River where you may spot crocodiles and hippos. The landscape is drier, with rolling plains hugging the edge of the Yatta escarpment, a vast prehistoric lava flow.

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