Tsavo National Park


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About The Tsavo National Park

Tsavo National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya at 13,747 square kilometres. Situated in a semi-arid area previously known as the Taru Desert it opened in April 1948, and is located near the town of Voi in the Taita-Taveta County of the former Coast Province. The park is divided into east and west sections by the A109 road and a railway. Named for the Tsavo River, which flows west to east through the national park, it borders the Chyulu Hills National Park, and the Mkomazi Game Reserve in Tanzania.

Tsavo is the best place to get photos of elephants with red dust on them. It is also where rehabilitation and release of rescued orphan elephants by David Sheldrick wildlife trust- a local organization dedicated to elephant protection takes place.


There are numerous lodges and campsites within the park.

Kilaguni Serena Lodge

Superbly situated in the lee of Mount Kilimanjaro and sheltered by the volcanic splendour of the Chyulu Hills, this classic stone-built safari lodge overlooks its own water hole, which is visited daily by elephants, buffalos and a wide variety of plains game. One of the first safari lodges ever to be built in a park in Kenya, the lodge is cool, tranquil and hushed for optimum game-viewing. It is also ideally placed for visits to all Tsavo National Park’s prime attractions.

Finch Hattons camp

Finch Hatton’s Camp is one of the bush luxury camp Located in a 35-acre concession in the southwestern corner of Tsavo West.

Finch Hattons overlooks a spring fed pools that attracts some of Africa’s most diverse game, from herds of elephant and buffalo to lions, leopards and a big hippo pool area

Ithumba Mountain Lodge

If you are interested in elephants and want to be a foster parent to elephants orphaned by poachers, have been abandoned or badly injured, you can follow up on their progress and see their successful reintegration into the wild.  We partner with the David Sheldrick’s wildlife Trust to promote this cause.


The David Sheldric Wildlife trust elephant rehabilitation project is a world famous, conservation initiative. The phase one elephant orphanage is in Nairobi where they take in and care for young elephants orphaned, abandoned or badly injured. It was established by Daphne Sheldrick in memory of her husband, David.
Ithumba Hills is the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust newest self catering retreat created to offer increased luxury for guests exploring Tsavo East remote northern area, whilst enjoying visits to the trust’s Ithumba elephant reintegration unit.
The Tsavo’s Ithumba project is one of the places for the second and very delicate rehabilitation phase. Here, alongside the care regime where they are gradually weaned off the special formula milk, they are taken on daily walks through the bush by their keepers and they are encouraged to interact with wild elephants. Visitors are allowed to catch up with the orphans three times a day first at dawn when they take milk and greenery breakfast before being led out by the keepers for a day in the bush.
At 11am, visitors meet them at the waterhole where after another drink; the orphans enjoy covering themselves with mud. This is where at times more than 100 wild elephants join in the mud fun and drinking at the trough. At 5pm visitors catch up with the young elephants return for the night creating another special thrill.
It takes a great deal of care on the part of the keepers, and eventually, they take off and integrate with a wild herd. Visitors here, stand a chance of seeing something of this unique process.