elephant swamps and red soil - Tsavo East
Tsavo East is one of the Kenyan national parks most accessible to tourists who spend time at the coast and want to get a taste of safari as well - Voi, the town where the main gate to the NP is located, is about 150 km away from Mombasa which means you can get to the park in 2.5 - 3 hours aproximately. No wonder the minibusses are lining up at the gate. Given the sheer size of the park, however, it rarely feels crowded (unless it´s late afternoon and dozen of safari operators take a ride to the same elephant swamp). If you have your own transport and skip lunch at your camp or lodge, you can explore farther and not only enjoy a bigger variety of landscape, but will see far less people around. Tsavo is elephant country - there are a number of big families, and there is a good chance to spot a lot of other wildlofe, too.