The Red Elephants of Tsavo East,  Kenya

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

The First Experience Seeing The Elephants In The Wild

No matter where you are  from or your age, there is nothing quite like seeing wild elephants for the first time!

Just after some 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.

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

Why Are Elephants In Tsavo National Park Red In Colour?

The red elephants of Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park owe their color to the red soil, which they roll in as a dirt bath. The dust serves as an important anesthetic to protect the elephant’s skin. It also has the added bonus of shining up their tusks in to an almost silver appearance. The elephants take every opportunity they can to bathe in water holes and rivers in the park. As they dry the mud deposited remains on their skin and their color has effectively changed.

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 the wildlife  is very much unpredictable. But in both Tsavo East and West National Parks,  there are so many families of elephants that you can’t miss out to see them.

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

A Photo Journey The Red Elephants Of Tsavo East

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


A Travel Quote…

What I was really overwhelmed with by Africa was its tremendous natural beauty; I got to go to some pretty amazing places. Every other weekend we got a day or two off and go on a safari or the natural wonders of Africa and if anyone gets the opportunity to go there, it’s something you have to do in your lifetime. ~Edward Zwick





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  5. Lake Nakuru National Park


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