Tsavo National Park East Travel Guide

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Tsavo National Park East Highlights

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     Many wild-elephants. Place to yourself. Beautiful park. 

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     Tough to find the cats! 

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     WOULD GO BACK IN A HEART-BEAT!! 

Tsavo National Park East Things to Do

  • Vista

    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

    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...

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  • Landscape

    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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  • Hartebeest?

    As I said, we started to lose interest in the 'antelopes', but this one - standing completely alone in the middle of this vast space - gained our attention :)

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  • Every size

    The lizard and others came to see us at Voi Guest House and Rest Stop, where she stayed for lunch (and found we had a puncture, so used the pool).

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  • Greater Kudu

    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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  • Giraffes

    Not the best photographs, but a giraffe in the wild is a giraffe :) It look so small here but they are pics of fully grown males.

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  • Standing Room Only

    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,...

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  • Waterbuck

    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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  • Shasha camp

    Shasha camp is a camp + open-air restaurant just few minutes away from one of the entrance gates to Tsavo East NP (the Voi gate I think). it's beautifully set into the African landscape and surrounded by towering acacia trees and a tropical garden on the banks of Voi river. Don't be fooled by the animal "skins" you'll see hanging on the reception...

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  • "HOT WATER-HOLE"

    Just a water hole for what ever animal wantsit! Kept filled by a windmill. This lone BULLELEPHANT, enjoying the party all to himself.While heading out of TSAVO-EAST towardsthe BACHUMA GATE. It's very hot and this guyneeded the WATER-HOLE!!This is the place where the HIPPO was alonein the mud on the other side of us!! If it was full of TUSKER BEER...

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Tsavo National Park East Nightlife

  • Crocodile feeding in Tsavo

    Ok, in the Bush there is not much you can do, as soon as the sun goes down, it tends to get very dark. If you are lucky you have a Camp with electricity - but mostly the light is barely enough to be able to read or write something. No TV, no Radio (except you took one with you).So what you do? Normally you gather around the Camp fire, look how it...

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  • WAITING FOR THE SUN TO GO DOWN!

    In SEPT. the sun-sets are not as good as in OCT.! So, you get what you can!! The sunon the way down behind the cloudswith the RED-ROAD in view!! Also, there willbe some WILDLIFE around!! MUCH AROUND! WHO CARES!!

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  • NOTHING BUT FIRES AND FRIENDS

    Your own bush-camp. Big FIRES can't beatit! Just sit and watch, talk to the guys. Can'tforget the GIN n TONICS!! OH, the TUSKERBEER!!!!! May get lucky to hear some nightROARS!! Or maybe Elephant pushing the bush up against you tent! NONE!! ANYTHING YOU WANT!!

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Tsavo National Park East Transportation

  • Road between Mombasa and Tsavo

    Update: That road has been improved a lot since the last time we were there. Now (2013) it's really a highway. Not many potholes anymore - but still a lot of traffic ... of which especially the trucks are dangerous. They tend to overtake everywhere - and hope you as the smaller vehicle make way. You better do! Accidents are numerous - mostly...

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  • Safari vehicles

    Most safaris take place is purpose built safari vehicles such as this one, where the roof lifts off to allow for better viewing. Some companies offer Guaranteed Window Seat, whereas others cram the bus completely full. Check that out before you book!

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  • WHITE-WAR-WAGON!

    Like I always say! YOU NEED A REAL TRUCK FOR A SAFARI!" This beast I had the same truck in KENYA in 2001. We plan to beat it up again! We know it can take it!Leave the MINNI-BUSES to people who don't know any better! Are first stop: VIO GATE,TSAVO-EAST! Marcharia, my driver and my guide James getting everything in order forour stay!!My LAND-ROVER...

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Tsavo National Park East Local Customs

  • Elephant grid

    This sign amused me. Back home we have cattle grids, here they have elephant grids. I suppose it is only logical, but it still rather tickled me.Elephants can be extremely destrcutive to agriculture and even wild vegetation, so by keeping them within a designated area, the damage can be limited.

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  • entrance: prices

    Tsavo National Park is divided in two parts: Tsavo east (the one I visited) and Tsavo west - in the middle lies the town of Voi. Although they bear the same name, there are separate entrance fees for the two parks. In 2003 it was 200 Kenyan shillings per vehicle and 27 dollars per person in Tsavo east - to enter Tsavo west you pay the same price....

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Tsavo National Park East Warnings and Dangers

  • Bugs

    There are quite a lot around. During the day you hardly see or hear them- except for the flies, but as soon it gets darker, well.... Especially noisy they are in the Crocodile Camp, where I also found the exemplar you can see in the picture. I have no idea what kind of bug that is. It looked a little cockroach-like, but else I never saw a cockroach...

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  • Red dust

    Most of the road is covered with this red dust. Don't wear anything white, as it will be red by the time you get back to the lodge.Really you should wear as natural colours as possible to avoid scaring away the wildlife.

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  • More dangerous animals

    The lodge is not fenced off from the surrounding national park, and therefore wild animals come and go as they please. There are signs up warning you not to feed the baboons, as they can be aggressive. This one seemed friendly enough, and I must confess that we did feed it - even brought it into the restaurant with us! :-)

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Tsavo National Park East Tourist Traps

  • Dual pricing

    As you can see from the sign, foreigners pay almost ten times as much to enter the park as locals do. However you may feel about dual pricing, it is a fact of life in Kenya. There are many ways of looking at this issue:As tourists we are naturally wealthier than the locals, so we should pay more. In that case, should someone from the Scandinavian...

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  • LEAVE YOURSELF A WAY OUT!

    Don't tease the ELEPHANTS! Thats what happen to a minni-bus driver! He did that and a young female rammed the bus 4 times!This young one, just trying to show it's stuff!His mommy called, and they went into the bush!! But, we had the road to go back or forward! Listen to your driver & guide!

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Tsavo National Park East What to Pack

  • FOR SPOILED "BABOONS"

    Bring some BABOON REPELLENT! You willneed it! Most of the parks have BABOONS, and they will take almost anything! Tent nextto a BOMA, or use a SLING-SHOT, or ROCKS!!Babbons around again. Doing the JIGGI-JIGGI!!

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  • all you need is...

    comfortable loose-fitting clothes - since you'll be spending all your day inside a vehicle a moskito spray can be handy - Tsavo isn't exactly malaria-free. an absolute must is a camera with a decent zoom: some animals are shy and stay kind of far from your van/jeep. On top of that vehicles mustn't leave the dirt roads. Bring binoculars, too -...

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  • SNEAKY-VERVITS!!

    Also, bring some VERVIT-MONKEY REPELLENT!! It might not work that well.They are fast, small!! This guy was right above where my cook and our tents were!!Cute but, a pain in the butt!! Worth a picture!!

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Tsavo National Park East Off The Beaten Path

  • DON'T MOVE!!

    Elephants will keep that watchful eye on you!Even if you don't think they are watching, they are!! Give them a path. Never get in themiddle of them. Always leave yourself a way out!! They will make a path out of you!!EXCITING!!!!!PS, NEVER -NEVER get in between two ELEPHANTS!

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  • the town of Voi

    Voi is a large-ish market town just before one of the gates to Tsavo East NP. It's a very lively town and - apparently - quite prosperous, too. We did not have time to spend too long there... just enough time to visit the endless colourful market, and nothing else. Yet it's one of the most impressive markets I have seen in Kenya: all along the main...

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  • visiting a masai village

    Just outside tsavo east national park, a couple of kilometres off the town of Voi, it's possible to visit a traditional masai village: Maakeena. The visit was not free, the masai ask for about 5 euros for each visitor, but it was very enjoyable. Included is a little show of traditional dances and a demonstration of how to light fire with just a...

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Tsavo National Park East Favorites

  • The wiews of Tsavo

    Game-drives ! The colors and landscape are so beautiful.Allthough the animals are a bit more "hard to find"in Tsavo, you get a feeling of beeing almost alone with the nature in Tsavo - There are not alot of safari veichles on the roads - and that makes your Game-drives more peacefull ,and exiting.You may very often be the first to watch the animals...

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  • Birds

    Of course, the wildlife is the main reason anyone visits a national park in East Africa, and we were no exception. Wildlife comes in different forms, and as well as the large mammals, I enjoy seeing the birds. I am not a knowledgable birder, but I do like to see them.

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  • Flowers # 1

    Around the hotel grounds were a variety of colourful flowers, such as these striking bougainvilea. They grow to enormous propertions here in the tropics, covering vast expanses of walls.

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