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Tsavo East National Park


Tsavo National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya at 13,747 square kilometres. Situated in a semi-arid area previously known as the Taru Desert it opened in April 1948, it is located near the town of Voi in the Taita-Taveta District of Coast Province. The park is divided into east and west sections by the A109 road and a railway. Named for the Tsavo River, which flows west to east through the national park, it borders the Chyulu Hills National Park, and the Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania.
The park can be accessed by three main gates, from Voi through the Manyani gate, from Mombasa through the Bachuma gate or from Malindi through the Sala gate. There are also several airstrips in the park that allow chartered light planes. Inside the park, the Athi and Tsavo rivers converge to form the Galana River. Most of the park consists of semi-arid grasslands and savanna. It is considered one of the world's biodiversity strongholds, and its popularity is mostly due to the vast amounts of diverse wildlife that can be seen, including the famous 'big five' consisting of masai lion, black rhino, cape buffalo, elephant and leopard. The park is also home to a great variety of bird life such as the black kite, Crowned crane, lovebird and the sacred ibis.
The slightly larger Tsavo East is generally flat, with dry plains across which the Galana River flows. Other features include the Yatta Plateau and Lugard Falls.


Tsavo East National Park

One, Two,Three and Four Night Safaris

Day 1: Mombasa - Tsavo East National Park

Early pick up from the hotel and transfer to Tsavo East National Park and begin a game drive en route to your Safari camp or Lodge for check in and lunch. Afternoon Safari Game Drive in the Tsavo East Park till sunset. Dinner and overnight at your safari lodge or tented camp.

Day 2: Mombasa - Tsavo East National Park

Early morning game drive followed by breakfast. After breakfast game drive en route out of the park and then return journey to your coastal hotel.

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What's Included

  • All Transfers
  • Park Fees
  • Accommodation on Full Board basis
  • Game Drives
  • A bottle of water per person per day in the vehicle
Additional 3, 4 and 5 Days

What to wear and pack for Safaris

  • Loose comfortable clothing preferably in earth colours
  • Smart casual clothes for the evening
  • Suncream and Hats
  • Swimwear. Check with your Rep if your safari accommodation has a swimming pool
  • Trainers, Walking Shoes or Sandals that you can strap down
  • Warm clothes for the early morning and evening, especially in the Masai Mara
  • Water
  • Camera. The majority of lodges have electricity to recharge your camera
  • Water
  • Mosquito Repellant
  • Binoculars
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Kenya Safari Seasons

KENYA SAFARI SEASONS

The weather in Kenya is good for safaris at all times of year, though there is a greater chance of encountering rain from mid-April to the end of May and in November. Some people like to travel in these “rainy” months when dramatic cloud formations gather over the Mara plains, there is a sense of refreshment and grasslands are carpeted in new flowers.
Daily temperatures are influenced by altitude, so in the higher areas like Samburu you need a fleece for the cool early morning drives, but by 9am this is discarded as temperatures rise to the high 20s.
After a delicious lunch you take a siesta during the warm early afternoon with temperatures in the low 30s. Head out on safari around 4pm as it gets cooler and the animals start moving, remembering to take the fleece for when the sun has dipped below the horizon.
Weather is more a consideration at the coast, so don’t visit the Kenya coast from the first week of April to the first few days of June as the rains are heavier in coastal areas. At all other times of year the Kenya coast weather is warm, gently humid and breezy, at its very best from late November through to March.

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Your Choices of Accommodation in Tsavo East National Park

As with all El Moran Safaris, we offer a wide range of choices in accommodation for Tsavo East National Park.

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Ashnil Aruba Lodge

Ashnil Aruba Lodge lies in the heart of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya. There are a total number of 40 deluxe en-suite rooms with 8 having interconnecting doors. 4 triple rooms with one interconnecting room, 6 luxury tented camps and 2 rooms suited for disabled persons. The open sitting restaurant located in the main building, overlooks the dam at all angles and can sit a maximum of 150 guests. The wooden deck shaded by canvas umbrellas can be used as extra sitting place during meal times e.g. breakfast, lunch or dinner. The buffet platforms, both warm and cold, sit in the middle of the restaurant for easy access by all. The lounge is located in the main building sectored away from the main dining area. The décor has an African touch that makes it a wonderful place to pass time and relax. There is a variety drinks served and include liqueur, soft drinks, cocktails, wines, and spirits, local and international beers.
The sitting capacity is about 60 guests. After a grueling game drive you can take a dip in our swimming pool or simply relax by the pool which overlooks the game park that. This is the perfect place to relax and laze around in the calm afternoons. There are other available options in place that can be arranged on request like bubbly bush breakfast and picnic lunch boxes.





 

Zomeni Lion Hill Tsavo East

Situated on ‘Mlima ya Simba’ (Swahili for lion hill), and adjoining the world famous Tsavo East National Park at Voi Gate, is the ideally set wild world of the magnificent Zomeni Lion Hill Lodge. Enjoying spellbinding views over the renowned scenery and wildlife of the legendary Tsavo, the lodge is conveniently accessible from the main tourist routes.
Zomeni Lion Hill Lodge boasts traditional architecture with makuti-thatched roofs and natural logs. The encampment comprises of 8 luxury rooms, 4 luxury tents, a bar and dining room serving traditional & continental cuisine of the highest standards. For an unforgettable experience of the wild world, have it at the Zomeni Lion Hill Lodge with a breathtaking panoramic view of the wild theatre!
The Dining room and Bar overlooks the panorama of the Tsavo East National Park with views of Wildlife immediately below in the Valley. During lunch, a buffet service is on hand and for dinner time, is a la carte service of the highest order. All kinds of Game including elephants, lions, cheetah, leopard and other small Wildlife is regularly seen from the dining room area.



 
 

Voi Safari Lodge

Strategically situated Safari Lodge, in one of the World’s Largest Game Park – the Tsavo National Park – Voi Safari Lodge stands high above the town of Voi overlooking a vast expanse of the African Bush. It is 160km from Mombasa City. You can simply watch the herds of wild animals roam beneath you or you can get closer by a network of access roads reaching into many corners of this 11,666 square kilometres Park.From the Lodge, you can look out onto the three water holes and see the ever-changing Panorama of Africa unfold right before your eyes and at the same time enjoy the luxury of waiters’ service.
There is a special ‘HIDE’ for the camera enthusiasts affording close-up and candid pictures of the wild animals which do not suspect any human presence. This is an ideal spot from which to go out in search of the ‘BIG FIVE’ – Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhino. From Voi you have speedy and easy access to either the Tsavo East or Tsavo West portions of this National Park. Voi is also an ideal for exploring Taita Hills, including the fertile farmland secluded high in Taita hills surrounding Wundanyi, reached by excellent mountain road which affords splendid views as far as the Coast.


 

Satao Camp

Satao Camp takes you back to the classical Out of Africa safari with green canvas tents, bush style showers and personal and friendly service; evoking a feeling of the true ‘Old African’ experience. Our location is indisputably unique; nestled beneath the shade of the old Tamarind trees, just in front of a very favoured water-hole, our guests are ensured breathtaking views to the many elephants coming daily for a drink and a refreshing wash.
Lunch is served under a 200 Year old Tamarind tree where you may watch the elephants at the watering hole. Dinner is served in the restaurant lounge area, from 7-9 pm.
After dinner you can relax and enjoy the atmosphere of Tsavo by swapping stories of your days adventures around the camp fire or watch the animals by “night” from the observation tower.
There is only one thing more beautiful than a clear African Night sky – Sunset in the African Bush! The “Sundowner” is a must for all our guests at Satao, if you want to experience this mystical and magical experience please let the camp manager know on arrival. You are taken away from the camp into the bush to “our” special sundowner spot. The fire is lit and delicious biting served and the champagne is poured. Sit back and relax, take in the atmosphere and listen to the animals in the wild.



Galdessa

The main camp is located on the southern bank of the Galana River, partially concealed by coppices of doum palms. The riverside location of the lounge and dining room ensure frequent wildlife sightings without the need to leave camp, as the game seeks relief from the heat of the day in the cool waters of the river. 11 comfortable and spacious thatched and semi-tented bungalows on wooden platforms, each with an en-suite bathroom and private veranda. Guests are ensured their privacy as all of the bungalows are situated a good distance apart and natural foliage is used to subtly conceal neighbouring bandas. The bathrooms are large and have traditional bucket showers, flush toilets and basins with running water.
The private camp, which consists of 3 bandas and has its own dining room and lounge, can be booked on an exclusive basis, allowing your party absolute privacy and the freedom to plan your days and meals as and when you wish. 3 comfortable and spacious thatched and semi-tented bungalows on wooden platforms, each with an en-suite bathroom and private veranda. The bathrooms are large and have traditional bucket showers, flush toilets and basins with running water. The private camp has its own staff dedicated solely to ensuring that all of your needs are met during your stay. Without leaving the comfort of your camp, you can relax and enjoy the spectacular bird and wildlife that frequent the area, particularly during the dry season.



 

Voi Wildlife Lodge

Nestled in the heart of elephant country, Voi Wildlife Lodge is located in the Savannah grasslands of Tsavo East, Kenya, just 5km off the main highway connecting the Capital Nairobi to Mombasa. Officially opened in 2003, the lodge is situated on a 25-acre site on the boundary of Tsavo East National Park, one of Kenya’s largest game parks with spectacular views of nearby volcanic outcrops, such as the Kasigau, Sagalla and Mwakingali Hills.
Designed to blend unassumingly into the surrounding environment, the lodge boasts a natural waterhole often attracting big game, including elephant, lion, cheetah, buffalo as well as a rich variety of birdlife. Accommodating up to 300 guests, all rooms have spacious en-suite bathrooms and are furnished in African decor that is replicated throughout the lodge. The luxury rooms comprise two four-poster beds and views of the Savannah, which one can enjoy from the comfort of one’s balcony or terrace.



Manyatta Camp

Located on the Tsavo East National Park boundary along Voi River. Manyatta Camp is easily accessible by road, a mere 4-hour drive from Nairobi and 2-hour drive from Mombasa, located 5km off the main Highway and only 1km away from Tsavo East airstrip. Nestled on the edge of the park it provides a peaceful and tranquil refuge in which to escape from everyday’s hustle and bustle, making it perfect for a romantic holiday, a weekend getaway, a special break or a spontaneous trip out of town.
Manyatta Camp is a new Exclusive Lodge located on the boundary of Tsavo East National Park 5 km off the main Highway. Offering a magnificent view of the Tsavo National Park. 13 tents are on the river side, while 11 tents face the Tsavo National Park .
Manyatta Camp Offers;- 24 En-suite Luxurious Tents With Swimming Pool in each tent, Ultimate relaxation , with fresh water swimming pool, Restaurant and Bar facilities, Safari Spa (Gym, Yoga room, Steam room, Jacuzzi and Massage). Manyatta Camp offers both local and international cuisines with a separate vegetarian kitchen. Tsavo East is a home to the largest herds of elephants in Kenya. Other game includes the rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo, cheetah, crocodile, giraffe, waterbuck and zebra, 500-bird species have also been recorded in the area.



Man Eaters

Man Eaters Camp is an exclusive lodge comprising 30 fully furnished en-suite spacious luxurious tents nestled on the banks of the Tsavo River with great views of the wilderness Tsavo West.
This camp is set on the site where two maneless lions devoured 140 workers during the construction of the railway bridge over the Tsavo River in 1898. The lions were finally killed by Colonel Patterson, the chief engineer of the bridge.
The camp offers both local and international cuisine. Facilities include a lounge, The Tsavo river restaurant, Simba Mbili Bar, The rock pool and massage facilities.