Tsavo East National Park Photo Safari

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On the A109 highway from Mombasa to Tsavo. It took a while to get used to big trucks going fast coming at you on the wrong side of the road (from US)

I was working on a merchant ship that was hauling food to Africa for the United Nations and our ship spent 12 days in Mombasa in the fall of 2008. The captain of our ship arranged a photo safari  to Tsavo with a long time associate of the shipping company in Mombasa, Wilmina Mpapale with Milmarine Tours & Safaris. This was my first trip to East Africa but several of the crew on the ship had been many times and told me that we would not see many wild animals and it was not worth it. I decided to go anyway and was I ever happy I did.

We saw so many animals and even our guide Wilmina said that we saw more than normal.

Entrance gate to Tsavo East National Park
We saw herds of zebras, elephants, giraffes, hundreds of baboons, many many different species of antelopes and for me the highlight of the trip was seeing a lion and three of his lionesses resting under a tree in the early morning near the remains of their kill from the night before. 

One of the large herds of elephants we saw had several young ones and a few tiny babies. The young were were so much fun to watch always racing around causing mischief like some little hooligans. The babies looked tiny by comparison but our guide told us that the babies weighed around 500 pounds at birth. Whee! Poor mom! The mothers were so protective. Although the herds were accustomed to seeing vehicles in the park the mothers still moved the young away from us and kept themselves between us and the little ones.

Myself with our guide Wilimena
And the moms are huge with big tusks. All the African elephants  have tusks, male and female as compared to Asian elephants where only the males have tusks. Five of us along with Wilmina and the van driver left Mombasa about 6am and got to Tsavo early. Early arrival to the park was one reason for the many animals we saw.  On our return to Mombasa at the end of the day we visited a Masai village and had a great time. Check out the two short videos at the end of my pictures.

At first I was disappointed that we were going to Tsavo East rather than Tsavo West because I had heard that Mt Kilimanjaro, just over the Tanzanian border could be seen from Tsavo West but after seeing so many wild animals, I was happy we went to Tsavo East. Since this visit to Tsavo East I have read many articles on the Tsavo parks and it seems that more animals can always be seen in Tsavo East.

Map of Tsavo East National Park
I plan to go back several more times as time and money permit and will see Mt Kilimanjaro on another trip to Tanzania and plan to climb the mountain (on the easier 8 day trail). Along with seeing Tsavo East again, I want to see the nursery of an organization that supports orphan animals from Tsavo, The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. This Trust has a great website showing many of their orphans from Tsavo and other places in Kenya and many stories of rescues. Take a look at their orphan adoption program of baby elephants and tiny baby black rhinos, they are so cute. I am adopting the new baby black rhino in my daughters name as part of her Christmas present. Adoption comes with some quality certificates and maps. It is worthwhile to spend some time on this site also. Google for the addess.

I have been to over 30 countries in my life and this trip was the best adventure so far. I have read much about Tsavo since the safari and it is truly a wild place. The British built the railroad from Mombasa to Nairobi then on to Uganda from 1898 to 1901 and while building the section of the railroad thru Tsavo nearly 200 men were killed and eaten by lions including the superintendent of the project!

I highly recommend this safari to anyone in Kenya.

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On the A109 highway from Mombasa t…
On the A109 highway from Mombasa …
Entrance gate to Tsavo East Nation…
Entrance gate to Tsavo East Natio…
Myself with our guide Wilimena
Myself with our guide Wilimena
Map of Tsavo East National Park
Map of Tsavo East National Park
Giraffe
Giraffe
more giraffes
more giraffes
Giraffe
Giraffe
Young giraffe
Young giraffe
Elephant herd
Elephant herd
Cute Babies
Cute Babies
Big Mama and child
Big Mama and child
As we got closer, she moved the ba…
As we got closer, she moved the b…
A second herd of elephants  we saw.
A second herd of elephants we saw.
These zebras are so fat. Except fo…
These zebras are so fat. Except f…
More nice fat guys!
More nice fat guys!
Lion with his 3 lionesses
Lion with his 3 lionesses
Lion resting after a night of feed…
Lion resting after a night of fee…
Carass of dead animal left over fr…
Carass of dead animal left over f…
One of the first family of baboons…
One of the first family of baboon…
Big bull baboon-very threatening a…
Big bull baboon-very threatening …
We saw one family of over 100 babo…
We saw one family of over 100 bab…
Baby baboon hitches a ride on mama…
Baby baboon hitches a ride on mam…
Monkey
Monkey
Our safari van had a pop top so we…
Our safari van had a pop top so w…
Very colorful with red dirt, green…
Very colorful with red dirt, gree…
Beautiful animal
Beautiful animal
Another member of the antelope fam…
Another member of the antelope fa…
One of many varieties of antelope
One of many varieties of antelope
More varieties of antelope family
More varieties of antelope family
Cant remember the name of these.
Can't remember the name of these.
These guys looked really meaty. Ou…
These guys looked really meaty. O…
Proper name for this small one is …
Proper name for this small one is…
More variaties of antelope. We wer…
More variaties of antelope. We we…
Mixed herd
Mixed herd
Ostrich
Ostrich
One would always keep watch while …
One would always keep watch while…
Guinea fowl
Guinea fowl
Electric elephant gate
Electric elephant "gate"
Sales office inside Tsavo East
Sales office inside Tsavo East
The lodge on the top of the hill
The lodge on the top of the hill
Lunch at the lodge on the top of t…
Lunch at the lodge on the top of …
Large red headed lizard at the lod…
Large red headed lizard at the lo…
A small animal at the lodge
A small animal at the lodge
Electric fence around the lodge
Electric fence around the lodge
Some of my shipmates and me.
Some of my shipmates and me.
Nothing like a cold Tusker beer on…
Nothing like a cold Tusker beer o…
On our way out of the park.
On our way out of the park.
Van is starting to get lively now …
Van is starting to get lively now…
Wilimena, our tour guide, in the m…
Wilimena, our tour guide, in the …
The Masai awarded me the chiefs st…
The Masai awarded me the chiefs s…
Myself with some Masai villagers
Myself with some Masai villagers
Masai
Masai
Masai jumping contest
Masai jumping contest
Being taught by the Masai how to s…
Being taught by the Masai how to …
More jumping
More jumping
Masai children and women
Masai children and women
Children and women gathered around…
Children and women gathered aroun…
Hut in Masai village made from mud…
Hut in Masai village made from mu…
Local stop for the many matatus, (…
Local stop for the many matatus, …
Housing development on the road to…
Housing development on the road t…
Bags of charcoal for sale at the s…
Bags of charcoal for sale at the …
Many women were seen on the roads …
Many women were seen on the roads…
Masai Warrior dance and jump in a…
This is a Masai Tribal village we…
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