Between the bustling cities of Nairobi and Mombasa lies the Tsavo National Park, also fondly known as the Theatre of the Wild or simply Tsavo. Spanning an astonishing 22,000 square kilometers of protected land, Tsavo stands as the largest and one of the oldest national parks in Kenya.
It is divided into two distinct parts, Tsavo West and Tsavo East, with the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway serving as the natural boundary between them. Tsavo’s sheer size alone is enough to leave any traveler in awe, but it’s the incredible diversity it hosts that truly sets it apart.
In this article, Kendirita Tours invites you to join us on a journey into Tsavo, where we will uncover the incredible experiences that this park has to offer.
Tsavo National Park forms the largest protected area in Kenya and is home to most of the larger land mammals such as huge herds of dust-red elephants, rhinos, buffalos, pods of hippos, and a wide variety of bird species.
Every year, citizens and guests flock to Tsavo in their thousands for an encounter with the wild. To witness the elephants wallow, roll, and spray each other with the fine dust of the Yatta Plateau is one of the most spectacular images of Africa.
The Mystery of Tsavo’s Red Elephants
Among Tsavo’s many unique features are its renowned “red elephants.” It is common for elephants to coat themselves with mud and soil. The mud cools them down and provides a protective layer on their body to shield them from insect bites and sunburns. The Tsavo is gifted with rich red volcanic soil that gives the elephants their distinctive red color. And to witness these elephants in their natural habitat, playfully rolling in the dust, is a thing of utmost beauty.
Beyond its natural wonders, Tsavo also holds historical significance. The park is home to the iconic “Man-Eaters of Tsavo,” a pair of mane-less lions that terrorized the Kenya-Uganda railway construction workers between March and September 1898. Their story, immortalized in books and films, adds an intriguing layer to Tsavo’s mystique. These lions’ skins and skulls have been preserved and are on display now at the Field Museum in Chicago, USA.
A Haven for Bird Enthusiasts
For bird enthusiasts, Tsavo is a paradise. The park boasts over 500 bird species, from the striking martial eagle to the lilac-breasted roller. The majority of bird species (about 400) found in this park are permanent residents of Tsavo, while about 100 species are migratory birds that fly into Tsavo during the rainy seasons of March to May as well as November. This season is perfect for breeding, after which the 100 migrate back to their countries of origin.
Whether you’re an avid birder or you simply appreciate the beauty of these winged creatures, Tsavo offers you countless opportunities for birdwatching and photography.
Kendirita Tours: Your Gateway to Tsavo
At Kendirita Tours, we’re dedicated to ensuring that your visit to Tsavo National Park is nothing short of extraordinary. Our expert guides, well-equipped vehicles, and deep knowledge of the park’s diversity will enhance your experience and provide you with insights that make Tsavo come alive.
We offer an all-round safari experience from the moment you call us to the moment your trip to Kenya ends. Call us today and let us plan your next adventure to this theatre of the wild.
Writer: Winnie Wekesa