South Eastern Savannahs
The Tsavo West National Park covers an area of 7,065 sq km. While in this park one can see the Black Rhinoceros in the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary. The Shetani Lava flow is also a fascinating site. From its name Shetani which means the “devil”, locals oral tradition explain that many people were buried alive by the fast flowing stream of fiery lava. This was as a result of a volcanic eruption from the southern end of the Chyulu Hill 200 years ago.
Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary
It is in this 110sq-km area of thorny savannah where a population of elephants and buffalo's becomes denser towards the end of the dry season (June to November). Inside this park resides a three lion prides as well as small populations of leopard and cheetah.
With a Salt Lick Lodge whose Germanic architecture is said to resemble bunker, in recognition of the World War I battles fought in the vicinity, exist a waterhole which attracts a steady stream of thirsty wildlife. There is no finer place in Kenya for a close-up view of elephants, which gather here in their hundreds on a busy night. More exciting are the night drive which offers a good chance of spotting nocturnal species such as the hyena, leopard, honey badger, genet and white-tailed mongoose.
Amoboseli National Park
Amoboseli National Park is the land of giants and it covers an area of 390-sq-km. Despite the numerous poaching activities in the 1980s, it is still the home of the regions oldest and bulkiest elephants, spotting tusks whose dimensions have been consigned to history else where in the area.
The extinct volcanic mountain is the defining influence on the parks ecology and landscape.
While still in the Amoboseli, one can see wildebeest, Burchell’s zebra and Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles. To see all that lies within the park and the snow capped Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world (5,891m) one has to visit this magnificent park to experience true wildlife.
Tsavo East National Park
Tsavo East National Park is the Kenya’s largest national park covering an area of 13,747 sq km. Characterized by its semiarid scrub land cut into two equal parts by the perennial flow of the palm-fringed Galana River. This river is the second longest in Kenya; it runs from the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro to the Athi Plains outside Nairobi. The area is poorly suited for cultivation, although hardy sisal plantations cover large tracts of land bordering Tsavo.
Tsavo West National Park
A good game viewing is facilitated by the availability of lodges in the region where one can spend a day or two so as to see birds such as the Somali Ostrich, golden pipit, golden-breasted starling and the vulturine guinea fowl.
Man Eaters of Tsavo
The Tsavo is also known from its man-eating lions in the year 1898. During the construction of the railway bridge across the Tsavo river at least 28 Indian laborers were devoured and possibly 140 before the lions were shot dead in December.