Tsavo East National Park

13747 sq.km Birding paradise

Secretary Bird ,Sagittarius serpentarius . Photo by Jan Van Duinen

Tsavo East is national park is dubbed the “Theater of the wild” by Kenya Wildlife Services team in rebranding the park. The sight of dust-red elephant wallowing, rolling and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of palm-shaded Galana River is one of the most evocative images in Africa. This, along with the 300 kilomtere long Yatta Plateau, the longest lava flow in the world, make for an adventure unlike any other in the Tsavo East. The park forms the largest protected area in Kenya and is home to most of the larger mammals, vast herds of dust –red elephant, Rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, pods of hippo, crocodile, waterbucks, lesser Kudu, gerenuk and the prolific bird life features 500 recorded species.

Vulturine Guineafowl ,Acryllium vulturinum .Photo by Jan Van Duinen

The park is 13747 sq.km. It occupies a huge semi-arid area north and east of the main Nairobi-Mombasa road. A good system of roads through the park takes you to all interesting birdwatching areas which are mainly centered a long the Galana river and the seasonal Voi River.

The newly tarmacked Malidi-Sala gate road had made even day trips from Watamu possible .

Golden-breasted Starling , Cosmopsarus regius . Photo by Jan Van Duinen

Targets on the road will include Somali Bee eater, Somali Courser, Scaly Chatterer, White headed Mousebird, Shelly’s Starling, Red winged Lark, and an enormous number of birds of prey including Martial Eagle, Bateleur, African Hawk Eagle, Brown Snake eagle, Eastern Chanting Goshawk, and the diminutive African Pygmy Falcon. In addition to being a rewarding birding location Tsavo East also has a number of mammal species on offer. While driving through the park we hope to find some of the famous red elephants of Tsavo, Lesser Kudu and Gerenuk .

African Hawk – Eagle , Hieraaetus spilogaster . Photo by Jan Van Duinen
Photo@Joe Aengwo

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