When talking about Kenya's massive, 22,000 sq. km. Tsavo National Park, it's helpful to know that there are, in fact, two parks one could be referring to: Tsavo East and Tsavo West. Bisected by both a highway and a railway that connect Mombasa to the interior of the country, each side of this great expanse has its own highlights and each is well worth checking out.
The far more expansive and less developed Tsavo East is home to the Yatta Plateau - the worlds longest lava flow and a real peach of a gathering place for elephants and other herd animals. You can also check out the muddy rapids of the Galana River (known as Lugard Falls) or catch some pristine wildlife watching at the Mudanda Rock. Camping options are available, albeit a bit fewer and farther between.
Over on Tsavo West things get a little more mountainy, with caves and cliffs offering adventure seekers more in the way of engaging outdoor options. This side of the park is better developed as well, so hikers and rock climbers will have ample opportunity to camp and rub elbows with those looking to get out into the bush. Just don't miss the opportunity to view the hippos and other wildlife at the unspoiled Mzima Springs.
Check out our links for more info on what to do and where to stay in both sides of Tsavo, as well as who to contact if you'd like to try your hand at some Kitchwa Tembo climbing.