My Kenyan Safari Experience

One of the highlights of our trip to Kenya, was going on a safari to Tsavo East National Park.

It is one of the oldest parks in Kenya. This park is located in the South East of Kenya near the town of Voi in the Taita-Taveta District of Coast Province.

Tsavo East National Park is one of the largest national parks in Kenya that covers 13,747 square kilometres.

Why Did We Chose Tsavo East National Park?

Tsavo East National Park is a home to the Big 5 (buffalo, elephant, lion, rhinoceros and leopard).

There are also diverse Kenyan wild animals which  includes the large families of giraffes, gazelles, hartebeests  and zebras. Indeed, this is what takes the majority of tourists to Tsavo East National Park .

For us, the main reason why we chose it, was its close proximity to the North Coast beaches. It is close by other  tourist attractions around Kenyan coast region.

Certainly, Tsavo East National Park is an ideal safari destination for those who would like to combine a beach holiday and a safari!

Our  Safari Experience 

There are a whole range of different ways to enjoy this spectacular reserve, from self-drive safaris to guided tours. The choice depends on your budget, the timing and  your expectations as a traveler.

Our guided safari tour adventure was an amazing experience! We saw all beautiful wild animals right in front of us and not on National Geographic Channel.

We saw elephants majestically wandering around with their baby elephants, beautiful imposing giraffes eating leaves,  zebras, baboons, monkeys, cranes, wildebeest, gazelles, lions, ostriches, buffalos and many other extraordinary wild animals.

The Importance Of A Good  Tour Guide

The tour guide who took us on our safari in Tsavo East National Park, had knowledge and experience that made our adventure even more special. He was friendly and determined for us to have the best safari experience.

From the moment we arrived at  the national park’s gate,  the top of the van was popped up so that we could stand or sit comfortably.

Without doubt, one of the advantages of guided safari tour is that the tour guides do their utmost best to locate the animals  for the travelers. They  keep in constant touch by radio monitoring their whereabouts. For example our tour guide made sure that once the lions were located, that he got us there and we got the best view.

Furthermore, it wasn’t just  during the organised game drives we saw the animals, it was indeed from the moment we arrived, to the moment we left  the Tsavo East National Park at the end of our two days safari adventure.

Our Stay In Tsavo East Nationa Park

We stayed in Ashnil Aruba Lodge which is situated inside the Tsavo East National Park. The lodge overlooks the Aruba dam. The view from our balcony was excellent with a view of the dam where we saw animals clearly  walking by and also drinking water.

Another one for your bucket list…..Go on Safari & enjoy the spirit of Africa!


A Photo Journey Through  our safari in Tsavo East National Park

Some Tips 

  • Be sure to take a camera, binoculars and if riding on top of the jeep, a hat
  • There are many great lodges inside the park, each one of it has its own advantages, depending on what you want
  • It totally depends on what season of the year you go
  • Research on the tour companies, to get a good tour guide



There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne — bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive. ~Isak Dinesen




  1. The Red African Elephant of Tsavo, Kenya


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