Uncovering Tsavo East: Park Entrance Fees, Wildlife, Accommodation, and More

The Tsavo East National Park is a charmer. It will capture your soul in ways you cannot understand unless you visit Kenya. The wildlife, the scenery, the vibe, the pristineness – all of it is so charming and pure in ways other parks cannot compare. Here’s a little more detail to reel you in. 

The park boasts Kenya’s largest elephant population, 40 different wildlife species, 500 bird species, and countless recreational activities. It lies 423km from Nairobi, and it is often dubbed the ‘theatre of the wild.’ The sight of dust-red elephants wallowing in the mud is commonplace here, with Tsavo boasting the highest population of elephants in Kenya. 

Other common residents include over 40 wildlife species, including rhinos, lions, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, waterbucks,  gerenuks, lesser kudu, and over 500 bird species. 

There’s a striking scenery to match, one that features beauties such as River Galana, the Yatta Plateau, Lugard Falls, Aruba dam, Kanderi Swamp, Mubanda Rock, and the Tsavo River. The park also brims with experiences to look back on.  Some as simple as nature walks, and some as soul-filling as game drives, bush dinners and lunches, and camping. 

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Tsavo East National Park Charges

Below are the Tsavo East National Park charges 

Tsavo East National Park Entrance Fees Residents Non-residents
Adult Child Adult Child
£ 3.41 £ 1.42 £ 39.80 £ 26.79

Tsavo East National Park Facts

  1. The Tsavo East National Park is home to the 300km Yatta Plateau, the world’s largest lava flow. 
  2. Combined, the Tsavo East and West National Parks form Kenya’s largest protected area. These two cover over 22,000 km². 
  3. The park hosts most large mammals, including elephants, buffaloes, elands, lions, zebras, waterbucks, lions, leopards, reedbucks, lesser kudu, impalas, rhinos, hippos, hyenas, and many others. 
  4. The park houses over 500 bird species, including guinea fowls, the golden-breasted sterling, pipit, Somali Ostrich, red-winged lark, black-headed lapwing, goshawk, the Fischer’s starling, and many others. 
  5. At 13,747 sq. km, the Tsavo East National Park is the largest of the two Tsavos. It is generally the drier and flatter of the two. 

Best Places to Stay in the Tsavo East National Park

Great lodges linger… They capture hearts with their hospitality and do wonders for the imagination with their eye-catching views and stellar interiors. 

There’s no doubt in our minds that these four Tsavo East lodges are some of the best safari lodges you can stay in. .

The Ashnil Aruba is evidence of the transformative ability of a great resort. Every inch of it is perfect, from its contemporary amenities to its stylish rooms and tents, timely services, tranquil ambience, you name it! 

Its location is perfect, too, seeing that it sits in the heart of the park. A position that allows guests limitless access to views of the wildlife and savannah.

Ashnil Aruba Accommodation

There are 46 rooms for guests to choose from in the Ashnil Aruba. These rooms are either deluxe twin, deluxe double, or deluxe triple. 

The deluxe twin rooms are 25 sq. km. large with two king-sized beds, a private terrace, and a sunbed. The deluxe doubles are also 25 sq. km. in size with one queen-sized bed, a balcony, sunbed, and hot water. 

On the other hand, deluxe triples come with en-suite bathrooms and three triple beds. 

All rooms have free WI-FI

Ashnil Aruba Lodge facilities,

  • Swimming pool,
  • Restaurant
  • Lodge Bar

It’s impossible to stay at the Voi Wildlife Lodge and not be intrigued. Everything seems so surreal here; the bush dinners and lunches, the views, the wildlife often roaming around the lodge, the ambience, the rooms… 

The Voi Wildlife Lodge nestles in the heart of Tsavo East and is unbeaten in the quality and treatment it affords its guests. The lodge boasts 

  • Conference facilities
  • A swimming pool
  • Wellness centre 
  • Bar and lounge
  • Spa 
  • Sauna
  • Restaurant
  • Playground
  • Game room

All rooms are spacious and come complete with private en-suite bathrooms, a fan, a mosquito net, a terrace, free WI-FI, and daily housekeeping. Laundry and babysitting services are offered for an extra cost. 

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“I never knew how addictive silence can be until I stayed at Kipallo Hills. I never knew meals tasted better with a little sparkle of moonlight. And wasn’t prepared for the absolute beauty Kipallo Hills was going to be,”- James Gatheru, AJ Kenya Safaris CEO.

Kipallo Hills sits on the foothills of Mbulia Hills, an enviable position allowing spectacular views of the 12,000-acre Mbulia Conservancy. The lodge is breathtaking, surreal even, from its eight double mobile tents to its luxurious suite and deliciously innovative cuisines. 

Book a stay at the lodge and experience what it means to have your mind completely blown away. Sit on your room’s terrace and watch the wildlife as it trickles in to drink from the watering hole just a stone’s throw away. 

Go out on a walk and marvel at the extreme diversity of the Tsavo landscape, from baobabs to rocky kopjes, the Yatta Plateau, and the Galana River. 

Kipallo Hills Accommodation

All tents come complete with en-suite bathrooms fitted with traditional showers and flushing loos.  

If ever there was a perfect lodge, then the Kilanguni Serena Lodge is it. Framed by Mt. Kilimanjaro and the volcanic, deep green landscapes of Chyulu Hills, Kilanguni Serena combines stunning natural wonders with modern comforts to create an experience beyond words. 

To enchant you are the lodge’s timeless architecture and the wildlife that freely roams around it. There are impeccable dining options to match (al fresco and in-room dining) and rooms so cosy they feel like home.

Kilaguni Serena Lodge Accommodation

Arriving guests are presented with the option of 56 guest rooms, all of which offer spectacular views of Chyulu hills, impeccably decorated interiors, and comfy plus beds. The rooms also feature; 

  • Free high-speed WI-FI
  • Private balconies
  • Round-the-clock room service
  • En-suite bathrooms


What animals can you find at Tsavo East National Park?

The Tsavo East National Park accounts for all the Big five (lions, elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, and leopards), over 500 bird species, and a little over 40 species of wildlife. 

These wildlife species include; aardwolves, dik-dik, impalas, waterbucks, elands, gazelles, zebras, hyraxes, giraffes, warthogs, klipspringers, hartebeests, porcupines, oryxes, genets, duikers, bushbucks, and baboons. 

It also hosts generous amounts of predators, including over 675 lions, cheetahs, hyenas, foxes, wild cats, caracals, jackals, leopards, and mongoose.

Where is the Tsavo East National Park found?

The Tsavo East National Park is located in Voi Town, Taita Taveta County. The park is 13 747 sq. km., making it one of the largest national parks in the country. 

Though the park lies in a generally semi-arid area, its scenery is quite impressive. It is home to River Galana, the Lugard Falls, Aruba dam, Kanderi Swamp, and the Tsavo River. 

It borders Tanzania’s Mkomazi Game Reserve and the Chyulu Hills National Park.

What is the Tsavo East National Park famous for?

The Tsavo East National Park is famous for its large elephant herds and for housing natural wonders as riveting as River Galana, the Lugard Falls, Aruba dam, Kenderi Swamp, and the Tsavo River. 

It is also famous for housing the Yatta plateau, Africa’s largest lava flow, and for being home to over 40 wildlife species and 500 bird species. 

It is a go-to for tourists looking to enjoy authentic wildlife viewing experiences seeing that its flat plains make it generally easier to spot wildlife. These wildlife species include; aardwolves, dik-dik, impalas, waterbucks, elands, gazelles, zebras, hyraxes, giraffes, warthogs, klipspringers, hartebeests, porcupines, oryxes, genets, duikers, bushbucks, and baboons. 

Tourists also love its many exciting activities and the tens, maybe hundreds, of attractive accommodation options it offers. 

These exciting activities include;

  • Game drives
  • Camping
  • Sundowner
  • Nature walks
  • Photography
  • Birdwatching
  • Trekking
  • Bush dinners/lunches, and breakfasts.