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Tsavo National Park


Tsavo National Park

Tsavo National Park. At nearly 22,000 sq. km, Tsavo is the largest national park in Kenya, divided administratively into Tsavo West National Park (9000 sq. km) and Tsavo East National park (11,747 sq. km). Both parks feature some excellent scenery but the underground is considerably higher than in Amboseli or Masai Mara, so it takes a little more effort to spot the wildlife. The compensation for this is that the landscapes are some of the most dramatic in Kenya, the animals are that bit wilder and the parks receive comparatively few visitors.

The northern half of Tsavo west is the most developed, with a number of excellent lodges. The landscape here is made of volcanic hills and sweeping expanses of Savanna. The southern part of the park is rarely visited.

Tsavo East is more remote, but there are a number of independent budget tented camps. Most of the action here is concentrated along the Galana River.

The landscape is drier, with rolling plains hugging the edge of the Yatta Escarpment, vast prehistoric lava flow. During the dry season, the landscape in both parks is dusty and parched, but it erupts into color at the end of the wet season.

Both parks were once the lands of the Orma, Watta, Masai, and Kamba people, but all the villagers were displaced when the park was gazetted. Some of these communities have now established wildlife sanctuaries and group ranches on the outskirts of the park.

Tsavo had terrible problems with poachers during the 1980s when the elephant population dropped from 45,000 to just 5,000 and rhinos were almost wiped out entirely. Populations are slowly recovering and there are now about 9,000 elephants in the two parks, but still less than 100 rhinos.

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