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Amboseli National Park

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Located at the foot of the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro, allows the 390.26 km² Amboseli National Park to the traveler - like no other park in Kenya - to experience wildlife in front of the snow-covered scenery of the highest mountain in Africa.

Although a large part of the park consider of a dusty salt flat, the sources of fresh water marshes fed by many wild animals and allow them to survive in this otherwise very dry environment.

Wildlife
Almost nowhere else in Africa, wild elephants can be watched as close as in the Amboseli National Park. Leopards, cheetahs, lions, rhinos, buffaloes, giraffes, zebras and antelope, as well as hippos, wild dogs, hyena, bat-eared foxes and jackals and a lot more others are found there, too.

Birds
With about 600 different bird species in Amboseli lovers of this species will see a lot. Among them are many water and wading birds, bustards, weaver birds, starlings and francolines.


Attractions

  • Mount Kilimanjaro: The close 5.899 m high mountain is present throughout the park and just the morning and evening sun lets lit the snow in red gold colours.
  • Observation Hill: From the "summit"of the hill which you can easy climb by some stairs, you have a great view over the park and the bustling elephants, buffaloes and hippos down the swamps.
  • Masai villages: Enjoy a piece of the Masai culture and be inspired by the traditions, songs and dances during a visit of a Masai village.

Entrances

  • Iremito Gate: Take the Mombasa-Nairobi highway to Emali and then the road to Amboseli one will reach the Iremito Gate after about 450 km. From the gate to Nairobi it is about 210 km.
  • Kimana Gate: To the east of the park is the Kimana gate access to / from the Tsavo West National Park (about 75 km).
  • Meshanani Gate: The former main route to Nairobi passes through the northern exit of the Amboseli National Park via Namanga to the Nairobi-Arusha main road (230 km).
  • Kitirua Gate: This access is a link to the Tanzanian border.

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Buffalo Springs National Reserve

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South of the more famous Samburu National Reserve lies the 131 km² Buffalo Springs National Reserve. Together the two areas form a unit.

The landscape is dominated by grass savannas and is crossed by several rivers twhich form marshes in their extended estuary. In the north-east of the reserve there are some hot fresh water sources, where often are visited by big herds of buffaloes. Hence the name of the reserve. 
 The northern border is the river course of the Ewaso Ngiro River, lined by gallery forests, acacia trees and doum palms and allows magnificent animal and bird watching.

Wildlife
In the open savannah of the Buffalo Springs National Reserves one can observe grevy's zebras, oryx antilopes and grant gazelles. The gazelles are a preferred prey of cheetahs, which can be seen with luck in hunting.
In addition you can find buffaloes and reticulated giraffes along as well as crocodiles and hippos in the Ewaso Ngiro River.

Birds
More than 450 different bird species are observed in the reserve include, hornbills, secretary birds, kory bustards, martial eagle, and huge schools of vulturine guineafowls.


Attractions

  • Buffalo Springs: These are three hot springs where clean, fresh water comes to the surface and thus attract even during the dry season many wild animals to drink.
  • Kubi Panya Lookout: Located in the south, the Kubi Panya Lookout offers a great panorama of the landscape of the reserve.
  • Visit of a samburu village: East of the Samburu National Reserves are at Archer's Post, the possibility of a traditional Samburu village experience. You can learn alot about the history and traditions of the people and get an insight into their lifestyle and their life.


Entrances

  • Chokaa Gate: About 310 km from Nairobi, near the Buffalo Springs one can reach the eastern entrance to the reserve.
  • Ngare Mara Gate: Etwa 310 km von Nairobi entfernt in der Nähe der Buffalo Springs erreicht man den östlichen Zugang zum Reservat.

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Hell's Gate National Park

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The Hell's Gate National Park (68.25 km²) is located in the rift valley at the foot of 2,776 m high volcano Mt. Longonot, south of Lake Naivasha.
The park itself is offering two extinct volcanoes, and many impressive rock formations, nesting sites for a variety of birds of prey.
Some places there are crevices and craters where up to 230°C hot steam is coming from underground. This is maybe the reason for the name of the park.

The park must not be visited only by car, but also by feet or by bicycle, failing to fear of beeing attacked by wild animals.
Leopards and cheetahs are very rarely seen. But in addition one finds usually antilopes, giraffes, zebras and worthogs.

Wildlife
One has good chances to see buffallos, rock hyraxes, dik-diks, steenbucks, thomson and grant gazelles, elands just like warthogs, zebras and masai giraffes. With cheetahs, leopards, jackals, bat-eared foxes, aardwolfes, hyenas and servals some predators are represented, too.

Birds
To over 100 watched bird species in the park belong the bearded vultures, rüpell's vultures and hooded vultures, buzzards, eagles, ostriches and scretary birds.


Attractions

  • Volcanic rocks: The 25 m high fisher's tower marks the entrance of the Njorowa Gorge. After 6 km the 55 m high central tower offers a varios species of bird of prey and other birds possibilities to built their nests.
  • Hell's kitchen: Just like a moon landscape the scenery of the Ol Karia vulcano looks like. Sulfur precipitation and hot steams pervate the desert like area.
  • Ol Karia Geothermal Station: Geothermal energy is so large that it is used to generate electricity. Through pipes down to 2,000 m depth 300°C hot steam is piped to the surface and converted into electricity in large turbines.
  • Safari on foot or by bicycle: Once without a guide to discover wildlife on foot or by mountain bike, in the Hells Gate National Park this dream come true.


Entrances

  • Elsa Gate: The main entrance is located in the northeast of the park and is about 100 km away from Nairobi and 20 km away from Naivasha.
  • Ol Karia Gate: Dieser Zugang liegt im Nordwesten und führt auch auf die Südstraße am Lake Naivasha.
  • Narasha Gate: The path through the southwest gate leads to impassable roads towards Mau Escarpment.

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Lake Bogoria National Reserve

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Located in the Rift Valley, Lake Bogoria National Reserve is with 107 km² a jewel among the Kenyan protected areas.
The east side of the lake is limited by up to 600 m high steep walls of the Laikipia Escarpment, while on the west side of a road leads to the highlights: More than 200 hot springs, and 18 geysers arise from the depths of the earth.

The lake is a refuge for the lesser flamingo which feed the cyanobacteria of the alkaline lake. When the water level is not too one can find high hundreds of tousands of the flamingos in the lake and let it shine pink.
In the northern part of the reserve, which consists mainly of savannah and acacia forests, one can admire the beautiful greater kudu with their twisted horns, especially in the early morning and evening hours.

Wildlife
The stars of the mammals in the Lake Bogoria National Reserve are the greater kudu with their white fur strip and the twisted horns of the males. But there are also buffaloes, impalas, zebras, dik-diks, warthogs, vervet monkeys and baboons.

Birds
Bird lovers will be watch especially the lesser and greater flamingos in the lake and the african fish eagles and tawny eagle sitting on the trees at the shore of the lake. But there are also different types of bee eaters, kingfishers, hornbills and waders.


Attractions

  • Hot Springs: From more than 200 hot springs in just over three areas boiling water flows into the lake. In around 5 minutes a raw egg is hard boiled.
  • Geysers: Africa's largest group of geysers located in the reserve. About 5 m, the hot water shoots up in the air, so that a safe distance is recommended.


Entrances

  • Loboi Gate: The main entrance is located in the north of the National Reserves, where also the KWS Headquarter is located. From here it is about 120 km to Nakuru.
  • Maji Moto Gate: From the west side gate a narrow trail goes via Mogotio to Nakuru.
  • Emsos Gate: From the Emsos Gate in the south one can go with a four-wheel drive into the Laikipia Escarpment.

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Lake Nakuru National Park

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Surrounded by an electric fence, the 188 km² Lake Nakuru National Park is one of the main attractions in the Rift Valley.
Along the shores of the natron lake one can find millions of flamingos like a wide, pink ribbon. Large groups of pelicans on the lake draw their circles.

But also by its diverse landscape of short-grass savannah and acacia forests, over hills with candelabra euphorbia to dry bush and vast white salt flats, the park attracs the visitor.
Although the park is not so big, it has a high density of wildlife.

Wildlife
There are about 56 different mammal species in Lake Nakuru National Park, including many rare blck and white rhinos and the endangered rothschild giraffes. In addition, there are also leopards, lions, buffaloes, hippos, zebras and gazelles as well as wild dogs, striped hyenas, bat-eared foxes, wild cats and many more.

Birds
For bird lovers are, first to call up to 1.5 million lesser flamingos and encountered a smaller number of greater flamingos. A total of 450 bird species have been observed, including five species of vultures, eagles, cormorants, white pelicans, weaver birds and waders.


Attractions

  • Viewpoints: From several, Lake Nakuru surrounding hills, one has a fantastic view of the lake and the pink flamingos. These areas are special for doing a picnic and relax.
  • Makalia Waterfall: At the southern end of the park the Makalia Waterfall is located, which, however, does not have water the whole year.


Entrances

  • Lanet Gate: Located almost directly from the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, about 150 km from Nairobi.
  • Main Gate: Coming from the north, from the direction of Nyahururu and Nakuru, it is recommended to use the Main Gate.
  • Nderit Gate: The Nderit Gate is in the east of the park. One can reach it via a very bad road.

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Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary

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Tsavo East is with 13,747 km² the largest national park in Kenya and is located east of the highway, which connects Mombasa and Nairobi. This separates the Tsavo East from the "little brother" Tsavo West.

Most of the park consists of flat grass and bush savannah, gradually pass to the north-east in semi-desert. Along the river courses of Athi or Galana River, Tsavo and Voi River dense gallery forests provide the landscape a green appearance.

The Tsavo East is famous because of the red, as iron oxide and laterite soil and - with this protective against sunburn and parasites - herds of elephants, which thus have a reddish color.

Wildlife
Besides rhinos one can meet all representatives of the Big 5 as well as most of the larger mammals like leopards, cheetahs, giraffe, waterbuck, eland, zebra, impala and much more.

Birds
The birdlife is enormous, even if explicit figures are not available. As the area is frequented by migratory birds, there might be several hundred different species.


Attractions

  • Lions Bluff Lodge: Still a secret among nature lovers, is Lions Bluff Lodge. Located on a hill in the reserve the lodge is overlooking everything. From its terrace you have a phenomenal panoramic view and by clear view one can see Mt. Kilimanjaro. There is a feeling of peace  coupled with boundlessly freedom, as it is intended to provide a few places.


Entrances

  • Main Gate: There is only one official gate. Coming from Voi one will reach it after about 50 km driving towards Taveta to the left.

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Masai Mara National Reserve

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The Masai Mara is part of the southern rift valley and one of the most famous safari destinations of Kenya
 The name of the 1510 km² reserve is, first, from the name of the here living people - the Masai - and secondly, from a word in the Masai language: Mara means means "colorful spotted" and refers to the seemingly endless grassy savannah that is mottled in patches or individual trees, shrubs or small forests.

Every year from about August to November in the Masai Mara is taking place a unique spectacle of nature: around 2 million wild animals, particularly wildebeest, Thomson's gazelles and zebras move from the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara, where there is still plenty of lush grassland. If these food sources are exhausted, the large entourage goes on the way back. They have to cross the Mara River, which has rise up through the precipitation of the small rainy season to a raging river and the crossing will cost thousands of animals their live.

Wildlife
In the Masai Mara one has very good chances to discover the "big five": lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. However, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals and bat-eared foxes are often found next to giraffes as well as hippos and crocodiles in some river sections. Not only during the time of the annual animal migration, there can be seen wildebeest, zebras, gazelles and antelopes in large numbers.

Birds
About 450 bird species have been previously spotted in the Masai Mara, including over 50 species of birds of prey, such as vultures and eagles. Typical grass savanna residents are ostriches, secretary birds, different bustards, larks and many others.


Attractions

  • The Great Migration: When every year up to 2 million grazers migrate to the Masai Mara and populate much of the savannah, this is a showcase for the eyes and ears.
  • Lookout Hill: Situated opposite the Serena Lodge, this is an ideal place to watch hippos in the Mara River and with good luck wildebeest crossing the river.
  • Balloon-safaris:
    Ballooning: An unforgettable experience is an early morning hot air balloon safari. Often only suspended at low altitude, you can see landscapes and animals in the glorious morning light. Finally, there is usually a champagne breakfast in the savannah.
  • Traditional Masai culture: On the way to the Masai Mara National Reserve one can see many "Enkongs" - the traditional villages of the Maasai. During a visit, one can learn alot about the lifestyle and traditions of this nomadic people.


Entrances

  • Sekenani Gate: The Sekenani Gate is the only approach that can be used all year round. Nairobi is around 225 km from here, but the last 50 to 90 km of the road are in poor condition.
  • Talek Gate: The entrance brings you in 250 km from Nairobi to the heart of the Masai Mara. Generally, four-wheel drive is recommended, but during the rainy season, the road to Narok can also be impassable.
  • Musiara Gate: On the northeast you get access in dry weather conditions also via Narok to Nairobi.
  • Oloololo Gate: The gate to the northwest, one passes to get to Victoria or to Tanzania.
  • Ololaimutiek Gate: Located in the east, from Ololaimutiek Gate one can go via dirt tracks in the Loita Hills or on the road Sekenani-Narok.
  • Sand River Gate: The entrance in the south to the Serengeti at the eponymous river is closed.

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Meru National Park

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The Meru National Park is a secret under the game reserves in Kenya: After poachers wiped out or scared away most of the wildilfe at the end of the 1980s, the Kenya Wildlife Service has started since the mid-1990s to resettle animals from other parts of the country to Meru National Park
 Nowerdays the park has to offer an extensive wildlife like in other famous reserves in Kenya: The "big five", but also giraffes, zebras, oryx antelopes, gazelles and hartebeest.

But the scenic of the 870 km² Meru National Park is one of the most beautiful in Kenya: Many rivers nourish lush gallery forests and form swamps. Grass savanna with acacia and dry bushland, all that Meru offers the visitor. You often has the feeling of being alone in the middle of this Garden of Eden.

Wildlife
In addition to buffalo, elephants, leopards, lions and rhinos one can can discover in the Meru National Park also cheetahs, servals, hartebeest, giraffes and zebras, as well as somali ostrich, oryx antelopes, hippos and crocodiles.

Birds
There are more than 300 bird species include herons, weavers, owls and kingfisher.


Attractions

  • Former home of Joy and George Adamson: The Adamson, known from the reintroduction of the lioness Elsa and other animals, they lived long time in Meru. At Elsa's Kopje, for example, there was a camp of the two.
  • Adamson's Falls: In the extreme southeast of the park, the Tana River forces its way through the rocks and forms the Adamson's Falls.
  • Rhino sanctuary: About 65 black and white rhinos have found a second home in Meru, and are in a fenced area south of New Murera gates guarded by rangers.


Entrances

  • New Murera Gate: Situated in the north of the park the New Murera Gate is about 348 km away from Nairobi.
  • Ura Gate: The road to the southwest Ura Gate, which is about 290 km from Nairobi can not be used at the moment.
  • Bisanadi Gate: As the name suggests, connects the gate Bisanadi the Meru National Park with the Bisanadi National Reserve.

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Samburu National Reserve

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Although the 165 km² Samburu National Reserve is located geographically in the center of Kenya, however, the climate is already semi-arid.
The southern boundary of the reserve marked the Ewaso Ngiro River. Its shores are lined with acacias, Doumpalms and gallery forests, where on game drives many wild animals are observed as well as birds.
To the north there are grass savannahs, which turn into dry bush. Numerous Kopjes and Hills protrude from the landscape.

Wildlife
The Samburu National Reserve is the ideal area to discover leopards. However, cheetahs, lions, striped hyenas and elephants are common.
Typical representatives in this area are reticulated giraffes and grevy's zebras, gerenuks, somali ostrich and oryx antilopes.

Birds
With over 450 different bird species, including local vinaceous dove and palm-nut vulture, offers the Samburu for bird lovers a huge variety.


Attractions

  • Shores of the Ewaso Ngiro River: In the gallery forests along the river course you have very good opportunities to watch a leopard. In the shade of trees, it is worthwhile to stop and simply to watch the activities at the places where animals are drinking.
  • Viewpoints: Both, by car and sometimes on foot you can get to individual small lookout, from which you can enjoy a great view of the landscape, for example, at the Lowa Mara Lookout.
  • Samburu Cultural Centre: East of the the Samburu National Reserves are at Archer's Post, the possibility to visit a traditional samburu village. One can learn much about the history and traditions of the people and get an insight into their lifestyle and their life.


Entrances

  • Archer's Post Gate: This access is located about 3.5 km west of the Isiolo-Marsabit road. From Nairobi, there are about 320 km, but from Isiolo the track is in poor condition.
  • West Gate: As the name suggests, the other entrance is to the west of the reserve and follows the river on sandy tracks up to the northwest.

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Shaba National Reserve

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A from tourism almost untouched nature can be found in the 239 km² of Shaba National Reserve.
From some hills one can have spectacular views of the otherwise rather flat dry savannah, enthusiastic with its seemingly endless expanse.
To the east of the area, there are extensive marshes that attract also the rare saddle storks.
At sunrise and sunset the slopes of the surrounding hills light up in beautiful colors.
The reserve is ideal for camping, because along the Ewaso River Ngiro many idyllic camp sites can be found.

Wildlife
Shaba is home to gazelles, oryx antelopes, Burchell and Grevy's zebras, reticulated giraffes, cheetahs, lions and leopards. On the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro often found crocodiles and monitor lizards.

Birds
With over 450 bird species, for bird lovers in the Shaba National Reserve is much to discover: Rüppell's vultures, storks, francolines, bustards as well as larks, shrikes, starlings and other birds.


Attractions

  • Kora Camp: The in 1998 for the movie "To Walk with Lions" rebuild camp replica of the famous animal researcher George Adamson once stood in the Kora National Park. Thus, the grave of Elsa the lioness, which can be found here, is a replica, too.
  • Joy's Camp: Before George Adamson's wife Joy was shot dead she lived in Shaba and was famous for the breeding of the leopard Penny. A plaque near the exclusive camps reminds us of her work.
  • Shores of the Ewaso Ngiro-Flusses: About 30 km a road is following along the Ewaso Ngiro and shows interesting viewpoints, such as crocodiles basking in the sun or wild animals drinking at the river.
  • Shariuki-Falls: In the far northeast of the reserve tumbles a small creek over a 25-30 m high cliff.


Entrances

  • Nastorbe Gate: The western entrance is located about 12 km east of the Isiolo-Marsabit road. From Nairobi to reach the gate is 330 km, but the road from Isiolo is in poor condition.
  • Chanler's Falls Gate: From the entrance in the northeast one can go after 25 km to the Chanler's Falls and after 32 km to Magao volcano.
  • Shaba Gate: The Shaba Gate is in the south of the reserve. On dirt tracks, the path leads to Isiolo.

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Shimba Hills National Reserve

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The 300 km² Shimba Hills National Reserve is located only 20 km from south coast of Mombasa and is perfect for a day trip.
Of course it's worth, in this scenically diverse area (coastal rain forest, bush and savanna) to stay longer, spend the night for example, in the Shimba Hills Lodge which is built on stilts and watch elephants and other animals at the waterhole.

From the heights of the Shimba Hills one can have impressive views of the coastline and the Indian Ocean.

Wildlife
The Shimba Hills National Reserve is home to the rare sable antelope, as well as herds of elephants, giraffes, leopards, servals, genet and civet cats, hyenas, antelopes and buffalos, bushbucks, impalas, warthogs and bush pigs and various species of monkeys have in this region their home.

Birds
With 111 counted bird species, of which 22 are found only in the Shimba Hills National Reserve, the area is well worth for birdwatchers. Here you will find include African hawk eagles, hawks, orioles, cuckoos, crested guineafowls, hornbills and bee-eaters.


Attractions

  • Hike to the Sheldrick Falls: Accompanied by an armed Rangers one can take a 2-hour hike to the waterfall. About 20 m, the water plunges into a nearly circular pool, where one can take a bath and refresh oneself.
  • Viewpoints: Beautiful views of the coastline but also on the savannas and forests of the Shimba Hills has one of several vantage points such as the Observation Point, the Giriama Point and the Elephant Lookout.
  • Coastal rain forest: In the south of the reserve, you have the opportunity to go on a journey back in time by decades: There are still huge trees and dense undergrowth, as it has a hundred years ago almost covered the whole coast. Only on a few places the sun can pass through the canopy and sometimes a fallen branch has to moved away from the path.
  • Mwaluganje Elephant Sactury: The elephant sanctuary closes to the north to the Shimba Hills National Reserve and offers some extent even greater opportunities to observe elephants.


Entrances

  • Main Gate: About 3 km after passing the Kwale district capital, you can reach the Main Gate. From here it is about 35 km to Mombasa and also to Diani.
  • Shimba Gate: For those who go directly to the Shimba Hills Lodge, there is the Shimba Gate, about 2 km from the Main Gate.
  • Kivumoni Gate: The entrance in the northeast of the reserve allows access without having to cross Kwale.
  • Kidongo Gate: Located to the south one can leave leave the reserve to the coast through Kidongo gate without driving back through the whole park.

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Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

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The 110 km² large private reserve is located on the Voi-Taveta road, about 40 km from Voi. Especially savannah dominate the landscape. To the west Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary and after it Tsavo West National Park borders on the protected area without a fence. Therefore, migration of animals between the areas are no problem.
Particularly impressive is the view from the Salt Lick Lodge built on stilts on the water point: At times, hundreds of elephants and buffalos come here to drink, undisturbed to observed up close. However, giraffes and antelopes are frequent guests.
Driving at night, chances are good to see nocturnal animals such as leopards, hyenas, honey badgers, porcupines and genet cats.

Wildlife
More than 50 mammal species have been spotted, the stocks fluctuate with the seasons. In October/November, the number of elephants and buffalos increase enormously. But also lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes and antelopes can be observed.

Birds
More than 300 bird species in the protected area, such as starlings, weaver birds, parrots, barbets and roller.


Attractions

  • Salt Lick Lodge: The Lodge of the Sarova Group company is built on stilts at a watering hole which attracts especially in the dry season, lots of wild animals, mainly elephants, which can be seen from the balconies of the lodge.
  • Nachtfahrten: A special experience are game drives at night. Here they are possible and provide an insight into the nightlife of the savannah.


Entrance

Around 40 km from Voi reach the junction to the Sarova Lodge and the entrance to the reserve. To Mombasa it is 200 km.

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Tsavo East National Park

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Tsavo East is with 13,747 km² the largest national park in Kenya and is located east of the highway, which connects Mombasa and Nairobi. This separates the Tsavo East from the "little brother" Tsavo West.

Most of the park consists of flat grass and bush savannah, gradually pass to the north-east in semi-desert. Along the river courses of Athi or Galana River, Tsavo and Voi River dense gallery forests provide the landscape a green appearance.

The Tsavo East is famous because of the red, as iron oxide and laterite soil and - with this protective against sunburn and parasites - herds of elephants, which thus have a reddish color.

Wildlife
The park is home to most of the larger mammals such as large herds of red-soil elephants, rhinos (very rare), buffalos, lions, leopards, hippos, crocodiles, baboons, giraffes, waterbucks, kudus, gerenuks and Hunter's antelopes and many more.

Birds
Around 500 bird species are known in the Tsavo East, including golden pipits, vultrine guineafowls, starlings and Somali ostriches.


Attractions

  • Aruba Dam: The man-made dam impounds seasonal Voi River to a small lake of 85 hectares, many birds can be observed on the banks, but also small and big animals come to drink.
  • Voi Lodge: Less to spend the night rather than to linger, the Voi Lodge in Tsavo East is a must for any visitor. Whether from the vantage point or covered with a cool drink - on the terrace of the restaurant one can enjoy  perfectly the sheer vastness of Kenya.
    Those who want to very close to the wild animals can step down some stairs into the bunker. From there it possible to watch them drinking and bathing in the artificial water holes without any danger and create spectacular photos and video recordings.
  • Mudanda Rock: Like an almost 2 km long, 20 meters high and 50 m wide back of a whale, the red rock looks like. By a footpath one can get access on this 300 to 250 million year old product of tektonic and enjoys a magnificent view of the environment and with a little luck on drinking animals at natural water holes.
  • Lugard Falls und Crocodile Point: Almost at the foot of the Yatta plateau, the Galana River rushes through a cleft in the granite rock into the deep. At its outlet hippos have their turf, which can be observed from about 50 m high  Crocodile Point a view point from where also crocodiles can bee seen laying on the shore in the sun.


Entrances

  • Buchuma Gate: From Mombasa, Buchuma gate is reached after about 110 km.
  • Voi Gate: Located about 160 km from Mombasa.
  • Manyani Gate: This approach is mainly used to get from / to come to Tsavo West. You can reach there about 200 km, after leaving Mombasa.
  • Mtito Andei Gate: The entrance in the northwest is located 260 km from Mombasa. From here it is around 240 km to Nairobi.
  • Sala Gate: This is the shortest way over the park from Malindi to reach or to leave there.
  • Ithumba Gate: To reache/leave the Tsavo East to the north one can use the Ithumba gate.

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Tsavo West National Park

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West of the highway, which connects Mombasa and Nairobi, the 9065 km² Tsavo West National Park is located. This is characterized by a much more varied than the rugged landscape of Tsavo East National Park:
In addition to grass and shrubs with acacia forests, mountains and volcanic hills dominate the landscape. From the heights one can watch on a clear day Mount Kilimanjaro.
In the fenced rhino sanctuary, there are chances to see of one or more of the shy pachyderms.

Wildlife
In the park one can be observe very many species as rhinos, lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, buffalos, giraffes, zebras and antelopes as well as hippos and crocodiles, wild dogs, lesser kudus, hyrax, porcupines, dik-diks and many others.

Birds
With 600 species the birds in Tsavo West are enormous. Among them are many starlings, parrots, barbets, rollers, and threatened bird species like corn crakes and Basra reed warblers.


Attractions

  • Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary: The 74 km² rhino sanctuary is completely surrounded by an electric fence and allows a surveillance and monitoring of the rare black rhino.
  • Mzima Springs: At this place underground sources spring out to the surface and support around 300,000 liters per minute, which is used to supply Mombasa with drinking water.
    The crystal clear water flows in several basins in which cavort hippos, crocodiles and various species of fish that can be observed with some luck from an underwater chamber with glass windows.
  • Chaimu Krater: This volcano, situated amid a moonscape of black lava, can be climb on foot.
  • Sheitani crater and caves: Also this crater can be climb on a path. There is also a tunnel system in its lava flow that - equipped with a flashlight and sturdy shoes - can be explored.

Entrances

  • Tsavo Gate: Approximately 210 km from Mombasa one can reach Tsavo gate.
  • Maktau Gate: Coming from Mombasa and taking the road at Voi in the direction of Taveta, one reaches the Maktau gate after about 220 km
  • Mtito Andei Gate: The northern exit of the Tsavo West National Park is located 260 km from Mombasa. From here it is about 240 km to Nairobi.
  • Chyulu Gate: This gate is mainly used to get from/to Amboseli National Park (distance about 75 km).
  • Ziwani Gate: Located in the west Ziwani gate can be reached via Taveta to Tanzania and Lake Chala.
  • Lake Jipe Gate: The Lake Jipe Gate is located in the southwest of the park and not far from the eponymous lake, which is partly owned to Kenya and to Tanzania.

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