Tsavo East National Park - Kenya
The combination of Tsavo East and Tsavo West brings about Kenya s largest wildlife monopoly and among the largest National parks in the world and covers a vast 4% of Kenya s total land area with 20,807 sq km (8,034 sq miles). Tsavo East the larger of the two, lies to the east of the Nairobi - Mombasa road, halfway between Nairobi and Mombasa, and offers a immeasurable and untapped arena of arid bush which is washed by azure and emerald meandering of Galana River. However the park is watered by permanent river, the Athi River which crosses a corner of Tsavo Park East.
The landscape of Tsavo East National Park is unique due to the volcano lava that leaked from Oldoinyo Sabuk Mountain at the Yatta Plateau. Near River Voi are some swampy marshland and thorny bushes apart from the savannah grassland that Tsavo East constitutes as its vegetation.
The Park is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of antelopes, kongoni, cheetah, zebras, giraffes, elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, klipspringer, impala, stripped hyena, ostriches, gazelles, waterbucks, Kudu, lesser kudu, Gerenuk and Fringed-eared Oryx.
A variety of migratory and native birds are seen. The birds are viewed between late October and early January, and come from as far as Eastern and Western Europe. Commonly seen birds are Masai Ostrich, Somali Ostrich, Taita Falcom, African skimmers, goshawks, red and yellow bishops, palm nut vultures and the white-headed buffalo weavers.
There are many interesting aspects in the open areas of Tsavo East not least the spine of the Yatta Plateau, one of the world's longest lava flows. An additional attraction of Lugard Falls on the Galana River 40 km (25 miles) from Voi is remarkable for the fantastic shapes of the water-worn rocks. The falls drops to the crocodile point below where the river changes its name and called Galana River.