The Tsavo East National Park has an interesting and diverse history including: the Waliangulu and Kamba tribes who used the park as a hunting ground prior to gazette-ment; the first European to see Mount Kenya, rev. Dr. L. Krapf, journeyed on foot through this area in 1848; during the construction of the railway bridge over the Tsavo River in 1898, lions (the famed man-eaters of Tsavo) terrorized the workers, killing over 130 people before being killed by Col. J. H. Patterson. During World War 1, British forces along the Tsavo River encountered threats from invading German soldiers from Tanganyika (now Tanzania); the European explorer Captain Lugards a European explorer passed through the area on his way to Uganda. Tsavo East National Park This together with Tsavo West National park forms one of the largest National Parks in the world.
Divided by the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway, it lies to the East of the Road while Tsavo West lies to the West of the road. You will be able to see dust-red elephants and with some luck you may be able to see a breathtaking experience where you see the large mammals wallowing, rolling and spraying each other with the blue waters of the Galana River. Tsavo East also hosts the longest lava flow in the world measuring 300km in length forming the Yatta Plateau. This attracts migrating birds from all over the world making it an ornithological Paradise. Historically, it is the home of the Tsavo man-eaters where more than 130 white workers were eaten by lions during the construction the Kenya-Uganda railway. A series of rapids named after a European explorer who passed through the area on his way to Uganda, Captain Lugard foams into crocodile infested pools making it an unforgettable sight.