Tsavo National Park East Things to Do

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    Vista

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 15, 2007

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    We turn a corner and there, before us, was an incredible number of elephants (and any number of safari jeeps making a beeline for the site!), the plains spread out before us, the river cutting through the earth, the distant mountains. I think it was this moment that I realised we really were on an African safari :)

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    Voi

    by leffe3 Written Jul 14, 2007

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    Inside the park itself, Voi provides accommodation or, more commonly, is used as a lunch pit stop for the safari jeeps. It's a busy place at these times and there can be hundreds of people arriving fairly close to each other. Hotel provides an all you can eat buffet for rhis service.

    Accommodation looks comfortable without luxuries and there's a pool on offer. But the view is stunning.

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    Landscape

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 14, 2007

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    Officially, this is outside the Tsavo NP and is on the route from Voi Rest House to the Nature Reserve and Hilton On Stilts. You can see it's much more fertile than the Park and supports a thriving community.

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    Greater Kudu

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 13, 2007

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    More 'antelopes' - but this one has fantastic horns! A brief sighting of this one, but of all the 'antelopes' this was the one that caused most interest among our group. This probably aided by the fact that the mountains in the background belong to the Kilimanjaro range.

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    Standing Room Only

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 13, 2007

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    I suppose this should be a 'transport' tip, but... We may have started from the coast at 5am, we may have only just met each other, but there was no way we were going to miss this! No more than 6 (no - wait a minute, there were 8 of us plus the driver - where's the other two gone?), you can see these safari jeeps are made to maximise your viewing, even if, as a result of standing for most of the day, they are not the most comfortable. And over 2 days, interesting how everyone moreorless sits in the same seats :)

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    Waterbuck

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 13, 2007

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    There are so many different types of 'antelopes' (I know this is not the generic name but...) that, like the monkeys, you become somewhat indifferent and blase about seeing them... Terrible, isn't it? But these were the first animals we saw in the Park.

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    Close-up?

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 13, 2007

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    Our guide was a good one - he found some great spots, but at the same time respected the animals, keeping his distance. Throughout he was chuckling - it was a very long time since he had seen so many animals in such a short space of time (we'd only been in the park 40 minutes). This was one of the busiest moments in the entire safari. Every radio had crackled informing each other of the herd at the river.

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    Monkey

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 13, 2007

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    Not these guys though! 10 a penny. They seemed to appear virtually every time we stopped. Guide was telling us its because some tourists feed them, mainly bananas and fruit. Animals now know that chances are that food came with the jeeps.

    We became completely blase about these guys as we saw them all over the place - sad really, but then we're there for the bigger creatures!

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    Lion

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 12, 2007

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    Just 5 minutes after the elephants we see the female lion. Even the guide cannot quite believe how lucky we are! A couple of other jeeps turfed up at this point, but its all very discrete and the lion moreorless completely ignored us anyway :)

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    Elephants II

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 12, 2007

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    There was quite a big herd, and a number of young elephants. I assume this one was the bull of the herd - he certainly watched us for quite some time, even after the rest of the herd had crossed the track into the bush, he remained where he is the photo. And that red dust!

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    Elephants

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 12, 2007

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    Ten minutes into the park and we've already been spotted. But who'se watching who? These guys we had to ourselves - one problem on safari can be the 'traffic jam of safari jeeps', especially early on in the trip as so many arrive at approximately the same time and there's only one road in. Our guide, bless him, lost the crowds and went off on a side track - and bingo!

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    The Red Elefants of Tsavo East

    by Myndo Written Jan 1, 2006

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    Red Elefant, Tsavo

    Tsavo is well known for hosting bigger groups of elefants. Here they have a red color due to the color of the iron oxide in the earth. They use mud from that earth for skin protection and against parasites.

    Although we have seen some of them during the 2 days we were in the park (most quite far away), we had bigger luck in watching them right outside the park at the Sala Entrance.
    There is a small waterhole there, where they come for drinking and beauty mud bath :-)

    So if you want to see them, best ask your driver to bring you to one of the waterholes they attend.

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    Luganda Falls in Tsavo East

    by Myndo Written Jan 1, 2006

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    Luganda Falls, Tsavo East

    Luganda Falls - Another famous viewing point in the Tsavo East.
    But if you expect high falling water here, you will be disappointed. Luganda Falls consists of several flatter Steps over which the water gurgles down.

    The water has carved interesting structures in the multi colored stone layers here. Take a walk at the rim of the River. I really liked the wild feeling of the landscape here.

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    Crocodile Point, Tsavo East

    by Myndo Written Jan 1, 2006

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    View from Crocodile Point Tsavo East

    Crocodile Point - One of the viewing points in the Tsavo East. Here you can actually get out of the car. Walk down a few steps on the stairs and have a look at the river below ? that has (of course) Crocodiles in it and taking sunbaths on the sandbanks.

    Next to the crocodiles you can also spot hippos, storks and other waterbirds and have a nice view of the landscape around the river itself.

    Take care with small children, there is a fence before it gets really steep, but it has wide spaces between it?s stacks.

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    Safari in the Tsavo East Ntl Park

    by Myndo Written Jan 1, 2006

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    Entrance to the Tsavo East

    Tsavo Ntl park consists of two parts, divided by the main road that connects Mombasa and Nairobi. Tsavo East is the part that is visited more and quite big. You can enter through several gates, the most popular being Voi and Sala.

    The roads in the park are gravel and can get unpassable if there is much rain.
    Landscape is mostly flat, much grassland, some rivers with wild brown water, waterfalls (but flat ones), some trees.

    Tsavo is famous for its red elefants. The red comes from the earth that has much iron in it in many parts of the park. The elefants cover themselves with mud from that red earth against parasites, hence they have the same color.
    The park is really big and sometimes you have to drive around a lot to see something.

    A good spot to see the red elefants is directly out of the park about 3km from the Sala gate. There is a small driveway into the scrubs (only passable with 4WD), that goes to a waterhole.

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