Tsavo National Park East Travel Guide
Many wild-elephants. Place to yourself. Beautiful park.
In a nutshell
WOULD GO BACK IN A HEART-BEAT!!
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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 :)
Crocodile Camp: 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...
Road between Mombasa and Tsavo
This is supposed to be the "Highway", the main road connecting Mombasa and Nairobi.Actually I am glad sure we only had to take it once, on our way to the Tsavo National Park. It is the same road that separates Tsavo east and Tsavo west.Half of it (the one beginning from...
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!
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...
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...
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.
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,...
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!!
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...
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...
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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