Tsavo East and Tsavo West
Tsavo National Park is known for the classic African red soil and therefore the red elephant. The park is named after the Tsavo River and can be divided into Tsavo East and Tsavo West. Tsavo East is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya, but due to its relatively flat landscape, many tourists prefer to go to Tsavo West. The two parks are divided by one of East Africa’s most important transport arteries: Mombasa Road. Recently, it also includes the railway. If you take that train from, say, Nairobi to Mombasa, you will also spot elephants and other wildlife from the train. That’s something else than a traditional Dutch cow in a green meadow!
No Tsavo? Then Lumo Conservancy!
If you want to do things a little differently from the rest, visit Lumo Conservancy. Located on the border of Tsavo West park, this park was established in 1997 by three rangers who decided to form a wildlife conservancy together. The park is teeming with wildlife, the landscape is breathtakingly beautiful with its mostly vast savannah, and then you have views of the Taita Hills and Mount Kilimanjaro. Because you go on safari in a conservancy, there are more lenient rules. You are not tied to specific opening and closing times. So you can go on a night safari under the guidance of a ranger and with a large light in your pocket. Also, the community is well taken care of here. Infrastructure, education, health care, everything is jacked up here thanks to the grants that come from conservancy money. Now that’s a responsible safari!