Tsavo was opened in 1948 as the first of Kenya's wildlife reserves. Located halfway between Nairobi and Mombasa, the park is divided into two sections, West (“Land of Lava, Springs and Man-eaters”) and East Tsavo National Parks. Together with adjacent Chyulu Hills National Park, they cover an area of 8,217 square miles. Considered one of the world's premier bio-diverse microcosms, Tsavo is the largest park in Kenya. The alternately hilly, rocky and flat landscape is dotted with giant baobab trees and the desert rose. Along the riverbanks you find a thriving animal population in and around the acacias and raffia palms. This area is famous as the home of the 'red' elephants - colored by the park's red dust. Game here is quite varied including ostrich, gazelle, giraffe and zebra accompanied by the predatory cats, as well as 500 species of birds.
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