The Red Elephants of Tsavo National Park

The red elephants of Kenya’s Tsavo National Park get the red color from the red soil, which they roll in during their mud bath. This also serves as an anesthetic that protects their skin.

Red elephants of Tsavo National Park

First and foremost, going on safari for the first time you might probably have many questions. Certainly, consulting a local tour guide would be of great help for you to prepare for a Kenyan safari.

Kenya offers beautiful scenery, fantastic game viewing, and a series of bucket list activities. If you love adventure and you do not like following the proverbial tourist beaten paths, then you’re really spoilt with choices. Of course, for you to have the best and unique experiences, depend on:

  •  Your budget
  • The timing
  • Your hopes and expectations

The main reason why we chose Tsavo East National Park, is it’s close proximity to Mombasa and the love of elephants.

The First Experience Seeing The Red Elephants


Just after a few meters while we were driving down the road inside the Tsavo East National Park, we suddenly saw the elephants at a distance. There were several red-colored spots standing out amongst the green vegetation. It was clear that they were moving towards the direction of our way. The guide stopped the van and we waited patiently.

Red Elephants of Tsavo National Park

Within a few minutes, the elephants were right there in front of us. They were crossing the road, just feet away from our van. They peacefully walked and there was nothing out of the ordinary. It was a great experience!

No matter how many times you do it or where you come from or your age, the experience of watching elephants in their natural habitat is unique.

Why Are Elephants In Tsavo National Park Red In Colour?

Red Elephants of Tsavo National Park

During the warm weather, the elephants take off some time from the grazing. They take the opportunity to go and drink the water at the water holes and rivers in the park. After drinking the water, they also take time to bath with the red mud.

As the mud dry, the deposited remains on their skin. And their color change effectively, thus, the red elephants of Tsavo National Park.

Not only do the elephants become red, but also this mud bath helps to protect their skin and make their tusks shinny.


What To Expect In Tsavo National Park

Last but not least, there is a possibility that you may not get to see the Big Five on your first safari because wildlife is very much unpredictable. But in both Tsavo East and West National Parks, you can’t miss out to see the Big 5.


An African safari is an amazing experience and is something you need to experience for yourself once in your lifetime!

Some Tips

  • Don’t leave the vehicle
  • Keep your distance from the wildlife
  • Always listen to your guide
  • Don’t ask the guide to drive off-road in areas where this is prohibited


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