Tsavo National Park
Many people dismiss Tsavo East and West when booking a Kenya safari and head straight to the more famous Masai Mara and Samburu National Parks but all three of these parks have their own unique feel and resident wildlife and are worthy of a visit. Combined Tsavo East and West form one of the largest national parks in the world at 13,747 Sq Km and covers almost 4% of Kenya’s entire land mass.
Getting To Tsavo and Aruba Lodge
Tsavo East the larger of the two lies to the east of the Nairobi –Mombasa road and is about 2 hours drive from Mombasa and 3 hours drive from Malindi.
By road: Aruba lodge is 30 Kilometers from Voi gate, 40 Kilometers from the Bachuma gate and 66 Kilometers from Sala gate. Its about 2 hours drive from Mombasa and about 3 hours drive from Malindi.
By air: Ashnil Aruba is accessible by air from either Voi Headquarters Airstrip or Satao Camp Airstrip
Major attractions include.
- Tsavo is home to over 500 recorded species of bird life as well as most of the larger mammals, including huge herds of dust red elephants, lion, leopard, Rhino, buffalo, waterbucks, Gerenuk, hippo and crocodile.
- Home to the popular legend of Tsavo lions known as the “man-eaters of Tsavo”
- Lugards falls on the Galana River – visitors can walk to the river to view the rapids
- Mudanda rock – that is along rock outcrop that is about 1.6 kms long. There is a dam at the base. Animals can be seen drinking. Visitors can walk along the rock and enjoy a cool breeze as well as view wildlife at the base
- Aruba dam – was built in 1952 across the Voi River. The dam attracts many animals and water birds that can be seen at this dam.
- Tsavo/Athi rivers confluence to form the Galana River
Places of interest outside the national park:
- Voi town and traditional market, Tuesdays and Fridays.
- Voi Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery from 1914/16
- Bura Mission (first inland Christian Mission set up in 1892)
- Taita Hills (often referred to as the Switzerland of Kenya)
- Sagalla Hills
- Mzima Springs (in Tsavo West National Park)
- Tsavo River Railway Station (Scene of the Man-eaters of Tsavo)