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Tsavo (East and West) National Park

Tsavo National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenia at 11.747 kilometers. Opened in April of 1948, it is located near the village of Voi in the Taita District of Coast Province. The park is dived into east and west sections by the Mombasa-Nairobi road and a railway. Named for the Tsavo River, which flow west to east through the national park, it borders the Chyulu Hills National Park, and the Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania.

Tsavo national park is split in Tsavo West national Park and Tsavo East National Park divided by the Nairobi-Mombasa road. Tsavo East is a little bit dryer and less busty but therefore the chance to see the wild animals is bigger. Most of the action is concentrated along the Galana River, because a lot of animals will drink at this river. At the river you will see a lot of crocs and hippos. During the dry season, the landscape in both parks is dusty and parched, but it erupts into colour at the end of the wet season. There are over 60 different mammals in the Parks and the bird life is equally varied. Tsavo East area is mainly dominated by flat bush and huge baobab trees. It was the main area of poaching in the past and some parts still remain closed to public.

The Kenya/Uganda railway lines runs close to the road in this area of the Park and it was here that work on the railways was halted in the early 20th century when man-eating lion dragged several workers always and devoured them in the bush.

The park can be accessed by three main gates, from Voi through the Manyani, gate, from Mombasa through the Bachuma gate or from Malindi through the Sala gate. There are also several airstrips in the park that allow chartered light planed. Inside the park, the Athi and Tsavo rivers converge to form the Galana River. Most of the park consist of semi-arid grasslands and savanna. It is considered one of the world’s biodiversity strongholds, and its popularity is mostly due to the vast amounts of diverse wildlife that can be seen. The park also offers camping and several geographical points of interest.

The slightly larger Tsavo East is generally flat, with dry plains across which the Galana River flows. Other features include the Yatta Plateau and Lugard's Falls. Wildlife in Tsavo East includes black rhinos and Hirola antelopes.

Tsavo West National Park is more mountainous and wetter than its counterpart, with swamps, Lake Jipe and the Mzima Springs. It is known for birdlife and for its large mammals. It is also home to a black rhino sanctuary.

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