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TSAVO - KENYA scouting trip JUNE 2017

Posted by Wild4 Photo Safaris on 11th Jun 2017

In June I went on a scouting trip to check out both East & West Tsavo National Parks in Kenya.

These are just some of my thoughts on the two locations, and some photographs. I also stoppd at Amboseli for a couple of nights, staying at Amboseli Serena Lodge.

Firstly Tsavo East - this I found to be a great park and I did get some great images here. It is very quiet on the tourist side so it has a wonderfu atmosphere of true adventure. We stuck to the rivers a lot as there are not that many game drive roads. All the general game species are there, but a great find was the Lesser Kudu which are common in Tsavo and I think one of the most beautiful of the African Antelopes. We were lucky to find Lions too. It is good for bird life and the "Red ELEPHANTS" are spectacular to see. It seems like a place that can surprise you, you just do not know what is around the next corner. I would go back, but it is not a park I would visit on my one and only to trip to Africa. It is different to other parks so I weould visit it if you wanted to see something different and had already been on other safaris before.

Tsavo West was completely different to East as far as the terrain goes, very hilly and higher in altitude with some spectacular views from "Roaring Rocks" and "Poachers Lookout" (what great names too ) Tsavo West also have the very visible Lava Fields that only flowed around 200 years ago, and it has Mzima Springs, the clear water spring , famous for its underwater hide where you can be lucky to see Hippos and Crocodiles beneath the surface. On my visit there were a lot of fish and a Crocodile.. I also saw the Fringe Eared Oryx for the first time, and Tsavo is very good for birds, there were a number of species that you also find in Samburu, including one of my favourites, the Golden Breasted Starling, a stunning bird and common in Tsavo.

I think Tsavo West is perhaps a tiny bit more interesting due to is terrain.

We will be running a new trip in June 2018 to Tsavo, Amboseli and the Mara.. doing a combination of these three parks will offer a different experieince and different photo opportunities.

Enjoy some photos from the trip.

Kind regards

Stu

Lion cub, Tsavo East
Lion cub, Tsavo East
Lions, Tsavo East
Lions, Tsavo East
African Harrier Hawk, Tsavo East
African Harrier Hawk, Tsavo East
Martial Eagle, Tsavo East
Martial Eagle, Tsavo East
Mamai cooking up some coffee, Tsavo East
Mamai cooking up some coffee, Tsavo East
The Galana River and LUGARD FALLS, Tsavo East
The Galana River and LUGARD FALLS, Tsavo East
A beautiful Male Lesser Kudu, Tsavo East
A beautiful Male Lesser Kudu, Tsavo East
Dik Dik, Tsavo East
Dik Dik, Tsavo East
Golden Breasted Starling, Tsavo East
Golden Breasted Starling, Tsavo East
Lion with Buffalo kill, Tsavo East
Lion with Buffalo kill, Tsavo East
Inside view of our new WILD4 photographic 4x4 Land Cruiser
Inside view of our new WILD4 photographic 4x4 Land Cruiser
Massive Palsms, Tsavo East
Massive Palsms, Tsavo East
The bridge over the Galana River, Tsavo East
The bridge over the Galana River, Tsavo East
Crocidile at the River
Crocidile at the River
WILD4 Photo Safari vehicle
WILD4 Photo Safari vehicle
Red Elephant in Tsavo
Red Elephant in Tsavo
Zebra
Zebra
Male Lion and Jackal
Male Lion and Jackal
Male Lion and Jackal
Male Lion and Jackal
Male Lion
Male Lion
Lilac Breasted Roller, Tsavo West
Lilac Breasted Roller, Tsavo West
Elephants under tree, Tsavo
Elephants under tree, Tsavo
Fringe Eared Oryx, Tsavo West
Fringe Eared Oryx, Tsavo West
WILD4 Photo Safari vehicle
WILD4 Photo Safari vehicle
Giraffe, Tsavo West
Giraffe, Tsavo West
Hartebeest, Tsavo West
Hartebeest, Tsavo West
Grey Backed Fiscal Shrike, Tsavo West
Grey Backed Fiscal Shrike, Tsavo West
Male Leopard, Tsavo West
Male Leopard, Tsavo West
Male Leopard, Tsavo West
Male Leopard, Tsavo West
Ostriches, Tsavo West
Ostriches, Tsavo West
Vervet Monkey, Tsavo West
Vervet Monkey, Tsavo West
Yellow Baboon, Tsavo West
Yellow Baboon, Tsavo West
The source of Mzima Springs
The source of Mzima Springs
Mzima springs source
Mzima springs source
Crocodile at eye level, Mzima Springs
Crocodile at eye level, Mzima Springs
Leopard, Tsavo West
Leopard, Tsavo West
Sunset from Roaring Rocks, Tsavo West
Sunset from Roaring Rocks, Tsavo West
Roaring Rocks view point, Tsavo West
Roaring Rocks view point, Tsavo West
View of Mount Kilimanjaro from Poachers Lookout, Tsavo West
View of Mount Kilimanjaro from Poachers Lookout, Tsavo West
Elephant in Amboseli
Elephant in Amboseli
Dust devil, Amboseli
Dust devil, Amboseli
Kilimanjaro sunrise, Amboseli
Kilimanjaro sunrise, Amboseli
Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro
Goliath Heron, Amboseli
Goliath Heron, Amboseli
Bull Elephant, Amboseli
Bull Elephant, Amboseli

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