Tsavo East National Park - Explore Man-Eaters Lions
After breakfast, drive to Tsavo East National Park, famous for Man-Eaters Lions that attacked and almost brought to a halt the construction of the Kenya-Uganda Railway. It is also home to Lugards Falls, Yatta Plateau, large herds of elephants rhinos, Hirola (Hunters Hartebeest), and other wildlife.
The sceneries and the main attractions in the Tsavo Parks are:
• Yatta plateau is one of the world’s longest lava flows, 180 miles (290 Km) long.
• Lugards Falls on the Galana River is not a true fall, but a series of rapids. Visitors can walk down to the river to view the rapids.
• Mudanda rock is a long rock outcrop that is about 1.6Km long. There is a dam at the base. You can walk along the rock and enjoy a cool breeze as well as a view of wildlife at the base where you see the animals stop for drinking water.
• Aruba Dam was built in 1952 across the Voi river. The dam attracts many animals and water birds can be seen at this dam.
• Tsavo/Athi rivers confluence when the two rivers join they form the Galana River you see the large herds of elephants Rhinos, Hirola (Hunters Hartebeest), and other wildlife.
Historical facts and details of the park are
• Captain Lugards a European explorer passed through the area on his way to Uganda and had a drop over at the Lugards Falls area.
• British forces built fortresses along the Tsavo river to counter threats from invading German forces from Tanganyika (present Tanzania) whose intention was to blow up the Tsavo river bridge that was vital to British Communication during World War I (1914-1918).
• The Waliangulu and Kamba tribes used the park as a hunting ground before gazettement.
• Dr. Krapf journeyed on foot through this area in 1848 crossing the Tsavo river on his way to Kitui. He is the first European to see Mt. Kenya.
• Construction of the railway reached Tsavo river in 1898. During the construction of the bridge, lions (Man-eaters of Tsavo) terrorized the workers, killing over 130 people before being killed by Col. Patterson.
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