Tsavo National Park is one of the largest parks in Kenya and indeed the world. At almost 22,000 km² Tsavo’s diverse habitats, which range from forests and volcanic hills to vast open plains, savannahs, waterholes and rivers, are home to a wonderful variety of wildlife including the Big Five.
The Tsavo West National Park is covered in volcanic cones, rocky outcrops and lava flows. Tall vegetation makes game spotting here a little trickier than in some of the other parks. The Big Five can be found in the park along with a fine range of antelope species. Places to visit include the Chaimu Crater and the Roaring Rocks viewpoint, which can be climbed in roughly 15 minutes and offer sensational views over the plains.
Across the highway from Tsavo West is Tsavo East. Famous for its large numbers of elephant and spectacular herds of up to 1000 buffalo, Tsavo East has more open savannah. The scrub-covered hills of the southern park have a very remote feel and the best game viewing is along the watercourses and at the Kanderi swamp, which is not far from the main Voi gate.
For a number of years only the southern third of the park was open to the public because of the danger posed by poachers and in the past the park was hard hit by poachers. Today, however, the poaching has been controlled and you can be treated to the sight of large herds of 50 or more elephants.